I am an attorney-turned-artist, writer, published author, featured poet and the owner of a boutique studio that specializes in original art, books, journals, stationery, and a fashion-forward collection of tees, tanks & hoodies featuring my original hand drawn designs and the stories they tell.
I have been storytelling since first becoming a lawyer and domestic violence advocate in 1994. As a lawyer it was my job to listen, capture, and give voice to my client’s, often intimate, stories. Listening to and capturing their stories left me in awe of the human experience and our capacity to endure when we are heard. It is this insight, understanding and sensitivity that I bring to my art making.
Born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to East Indian parents but raised in the West, I grew up disconnected from my family and culture. So I eventually left the practice of law and home to live in India and explore my roots. While in India, I fell in love with henna- the art of my ancestors. It is this practice that inspires my art now. It is my East meets West.
With graphite, ink, paint and collage, I draw free hand borrowing from the intricate floral and geometric patterns of this ancient art form to bring my own drawings to life. I play with lines and mark making, photographs, collage and words until they fall into place capturing our hopes and dreams and the complexity and beauty of the human spirit.
As the Pfister Hotel’s 2019-20 Narrator (Writer)-in-Residence and 2016 recipient of the Governor’s Trailblazer Award for Women in Business, I have been recognized for innovation and success in business and storytelling. I make art, write stories and curate experiences that explore identity, dance with memories and tradition, and tell of the times we live in.