Founder of Miranda’s Hearth
Painter, Writer, Singer-Songwriter
What’s your story?
I grew up in Stamford, Connecticut to a technical theater teacher and a philosophical computer guy. I went to hippie elementary school, preppy middle school, and then skipped high school and went to Mary Baldwin College. In college I majored in Studio Arts with a double emphasis in painting and ceramics and minors in psychology, art history, and piano performance. Basically, I spent all my time making things.
Once I was done with college, I came up to Boston for grad school where I got a Masters of Education in Community Art from Lesley University. Ever since I moved to this city I’ve been doing anything and everything creative I can get my hands on. I led a community art project at the Mystic River Festival, worked at the MFA, painted a piano for Play Me, I’m Yours, and wrote my book: Don’t Make Art, Just Make Something, among other things. Now I’m pouring all of my energy into my personal artwork and creating Miranda’s Hearth.
What do you make?
Oh man, just about anything I can get my hands on. At one point I had a bit of an identity crisis because I realized that I just made too many things. Everyone always tries to push you into developing your one path with your one goal, but my mind doesn’t work that way. That’s when I realized that I’m not passionate specifically about the oil paintings, songs, or books I make. What wakes me up in the morning is the act of creating itself, it’s the process that I’m passionate about.
That, and connections. I adore creating connections between disparate art forms almost as much as I enjoy introducing strangers who I know will get along. Because, when it really comes down to it, that’s what I care about: connecting people and creating things.
How did you get involved with Miranda’s Hearth?
I’ve wanted to start an art center since I was sixteen. The idea has morphed overtime, I dabbled for a while with studio rentals and then artist live/work spaces. It’s been called the Savant Salon, Creative Spaces, and a few other things along the way. Now this idea and I have finally reached a solid point. Miranda’s Hearth is growing stronger everyday. I’m not so much involved in it, as I live and breath it. But I suppose that was a silly question to try to answer myself anyway.