About Monica's work

Monica Shulman Artist Studio

I love color and I’m not afraid to use it in my paintings to communicate my feelings. Color to me expresses freedom and unapologetic honesty.

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, I strive to create connection and movement in each piece.

I love texture and the unpredictability of washes and drips.  I’m deeply inspired by the dynamic tension between unintentional layers and meticulously planned strokes and gestures. To me, the feelings created by looking at art are limitless. I hope you find something here to inspire you.

about monica

Monica Shulman Portrait

I’m a photographer and abstract expressionist painter who has been creating art in various mediums for over 25 years. As a first-generation American, my fondest childhood memories include working with raw materials in my Grandfather’s workshop in Argentina and learning to sew with my Cuban grandmother who was a seamstress in NYC.

Self-taught as a photographer - thanks to my parents gifting me my first camera for my 6th grade graduation and learning how to develop photos in my basement with my father - as a teenager I studied and became passionate about painting.  After college, unsure of where a career in art could lead me, 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, our two young children and our adopted pup. 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.  

All Photos on this page by  Federico Photography

All Photos on this page by Federico Photography


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. Click here to learn more and visit a selection of commissioned original art here.

Here’s my CV and you can see more of my day-to-day work in my studio 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. And, feel free to get in touch!