Self-Portrait by Monica Shulman

Self-Portrait by Monica Shulman

About Monica's work

I believe in the power of art to transform a room, to create a moment, and most importantly, to evoke emotion.  Guided by intuition, I approach each piece, whether a photograph or original abstract art, as an experiment. I live for color, bold design, strong contrasts and texture.  I create paintings and images that will add joy, beauty, dimension, and depth to your space.

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, my abstract work is often inspired by my photos and is an exploration of shape, shadow and light. I love to create texture and to experiment with the unpredictability of washes, drips and layers.  I love the dynamic tension between unintentional layers and meticulously planned strokes and gestures.  My paintings are energetic and playful and they reflect my interest in flawed beauty rather than perfection.  I work to evoke a feeling of freedom and unapologetic happiness, and to create movement in each piece.  

I hope you will find something here to inspire you.


I am an abstract expressionist painter and fine art photographer 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 an attorney in New York City 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. After thriving, living, and working in New York City for almost 15 years, I recently moved to the Hudson Valley and I've never been happier. I live with my husband, our two young children, and our Cavapoo, Buddy, who are among my greatest inspirations and favorite studio companions.


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


I love to create commissioned pieces for my clients.  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.