About the Artist
I have loved art for as long as I can remember. I love creative expression, bringing things to life, and creating pieces for others. I thoroughly enjoy all mediums but drawing and photography are my fortes. Being able to create something real on paper or to find a beautiful visual through a lens - they are my passions.
We adopted my best friend, Smudge, when I was 5 years old. I grew up alongside her for 13 years until she passed right after my 18th birthday in 2014. I loved growing up with her, especially being an only child - she was my best buddy and my everyday playmate. When deciding what to name my portrait business, thinking about the smudges I make when deep in my artwork, I knew I had to make it her namesake. Keeping her memory alive through what I love doing brings me so much joy.
Owner of KS Smudges, I keep busy with commissions, expressing myself creatively, and always surrounding myself with art. I was Artist of the Month at Hawk Ridge Winery in Watertown, CT where my artwork was on display and for sale for all of October 2019. My prime focus is illustrating portraits, of both humans and animals. I also enjoy taking on special photo shoots (such as prior to a major surgery, people struggling with a chronic illness, & my best friend's proposal), tattoo designs, paintings, album covers, and more.
No matter what it is, being able to create something meaningful for someone else through my art means the world to me.
Education & Career
I'm currently working towards my Masters degree in Art Therapy and Counseling at Albertus Magnus in New Haven, after I received my Bachelors in Photography from WCSU with a Psychology minor in 2018. Discovering a path that brings together my love of art and my passion for helping others is the ultimate career. Knowing that I'll be helping people through the use of art and creative expression fills me with excitement every day.
In 2014 I began a 5-year journey working at Glazey Dayz, a paint-your-own-pottery studio also in Watertown. There, I was able to help customers create pieces of art as well as paint pieces for the store, furthering my love of art.