About Monica's work

I believe in the power of art to create a moment and to evoke emotion. My work is energetic and playful and reflects my interest in flawed beauty rather than perfection. Using strong colors and contrasts, coupled with heavy, sculptural layering, my work is a form of feeling and communication. I strive to create connection, movement, freedom and unapologetic honesty in each piece.

I am equally inspired by the serenity of nature and the kinetic, organized chaos of the city. I live for color, bold design, strong contrasts and texture.  As a photographer I love to watch the light, seek out colors, imagine a scene in black and white, and to hunt for details in the world around me. As a painter, using impasto strokes, my abstract work is often inspired by my photos and is an exploration of shape, shadow and light. I create texture and experiment with the unpredictability of washes, drips and layers.  I love the dynamic tension between unintentional layers and meticulously planned strokes and gestures.

Monica Shulman Artist Studio


I’m a photographer and abstract expressionist painter who has been creating art in various mediums for over 25 years. Self-taught as a photographer (thanks to my parents gifting me my first camera for my 6th grade graduation), as a teenager I studied and became passionate about painting.  After college I attended law school and practiced as a corporate attorney in NYC for several years before giving it all up to return to my first love, photography. I rediscovered painting after more than 10 years of focusing on my career as a photographer and I now wonder how I ever survived without making art everyday.  

Most days you can find me in my studio in the Hudson Valley near where I live with my husband and our two young children. When I’m not working, you can find me playing outdoors with my kids, planning our next family adventure, poring over my collection of art books, visiting museums or hiking with my dog.  I hope you find something here to inspire you.


Since the beginning of my career as an artist, I have had the pleasure of working with private collectors, art dealers, television producers, interior designers, bloggers, influencers, real estate developers, galleries, curators, shop owners and more.  If you would like to work together or collaborate on a project, please email me at  I’d love to meet you!


I love to create commissioned pieces for my clients marrying my vision and aesthetic with my individual clients’ needs.  I will work with you to create an original painting based on your preferred color scheme and size requirement.  My photo prints are also available in custom sizes, using different papers and mounting options.  I would love to work with you to find the perfect piece of artwork for your space.  Click here to learn more and visit a selection of commissioned original art here.

You can see more of my day-to-day work and life by following along on Instagram.  If you’d like to learn more about my career please check out this link on my blog - My Art History.