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, beauty, freedom and authenticity. 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, 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.  Recently I have been creating works in shades and tones of black and white to mirror my first love and the roots of my vision, black and white photography.  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.


Monica Shulman has been creating art in various mediums for over 25 years.  Self-taught as a photographer, she studied painting as a young girl, and after college she attended law school and practiced as an attorney in New York City before giving it all up to return to her first love, photography.  Monica recently rediscovered painting after more than 10 years of focusing on her career as a photographer. She currently defines her artistic approach as an abstract expressionist painter and fine art photographer. After living and working in New York City for almost 15 years, Monica recently moved to the Hudson Valley. She lives with her husband and their two young children, who are among her greatest inspirations.


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.