Two sides of the same 30" x 80" door. I love to focus on the details. To me, all the tiny lines and shadows that come together to form something vivid and realistic is immensely satisfying. I invite the viewer to narrow their focus and see the beauty in things that might have otherwise been overlooked.

Two sides of the same 30" x 80" door. I love to focus on the details. To me, all the tiny lines and shadows that come together to form something vivid and realistic is immensely satisfying. I invite the viewer to narrow their focus and see the beauty in things that might have otherwise been overlooked.

Close up of details:

Many thanks to everyone who Donated toward my door to help raise money to build a home for a veteran!

I am one of over 40 local artists who have donated their time and talent to paint one-of-a-kind works of art on house doors. The doors were auctioned to raise money to build a home for a family in need.

Breaking ground in October, 2016 in Deptford, NJ is a home for Marine veteran Rosa Pinero. She is a single mother who was honorably discharged in 2012 after serving four years in the Marine Corps as a Lance Corporal E-4 in Afghanistan. With the sudden passing of her sister this summer, Rosa is in the process of adopting her two nephews, making her a soon-to-be mother of three. All donations for this year's Doors for Hope will go toward building this family a home.

About My Door

When I first took on the challenge of painting a whole door, I was excited, but struggled to decide on a concept. I attempted several themes that I just wasn’t feeling and left the door sitting untouched for weeks before having a meltdown over a looming deadline and rising anxiety (not my finest moment). But once I started in on this concept, something that is much more suited to me, my tastes and my skills, everything started to click into place.

It was definitely a challenge. Getting back into acrylics after several years using watercolor was difficult and the size of the door was daunting. But it was a great experience and I’m proud of it. The door went to a good home and raised a lot of money for Doors for Hope!

And yes, I did actually paint every inch of both sides of this door, including the wood grain on the blue side. The door has a texture to it that emulates wood grain, which I used to my advantage, but I painted it to look like old, stained wood with knots and cracks. I’ve never worked so hard, or had so much fun, making something look so dirty.