I have had a life-long curiosity and love of learning in the arts. As a child I lived in Europe and was introduced early to the world of art, architecture and craftsmanship, and I clearly remember the first time art took central stage in my life.
I was nine years old and visiting St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, with my parents. I stood in the center of the Basilica, looking all around, tipping my head back to gaze at the ceiling – and something came together in me; all the beauty of the rich colors, the arches and columns of the architecture: so majestic and intricate. I was entranced, filled up with beauty and wonder – it was the first time I felt the sense that I was part of something larger than myself. All the elements, the beauty and splendor around me became an extraordinary experience that changed my life. I later realized that it took the collaboration of many artists, architects and artisans to create that experience, and I was fascinated to see and learn more throughout my time there. A few years later I was grateful to discover I had a talent for drawing, I went to school to study art and became a painter.
As an artist, the process of creating art has been central to my life. As an arts administrator, I was committed to art education. Combining these interests and having the opportunity to meet and reunite with fellow art lovers and friends while visiting museums and galleries, film and musical performance venues — either familiar or new to us — that’s the reason I started Cultural Pursuit.
I know how much that “awe-inspiring” moment I experienced first as a child enriched my life. It’s what motivates me to share that feeling and experience it with others who share a genuine fascination and love of the arts.