Meet MONICA SHULMAN

Self-Portrait by Monica Shulman

Self-Portrait by Monica Shulman

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.  I work to create a feeling of connection, movement, freedom and unapologetic honesty in each piece.

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.  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. I strive to create paintings and images that will add depth, joy, beauty, and dimension to your space.  

BIO

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.  

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


Self-Portrait by Monica Shulman

Self-Portrait by Monica Shulman

LET'S WORK TOGETHER!

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 monica@monicashulman.com.  I would love to meet you!

ARTWORK COMMISSIONS

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 my most popular blog post of 2018 - My Art History.