Something about me
I was born in beautiful Lebanon. I lived with my family, parents, two brothers, two sisters and a whole tribe of relatives in a small village called Kousba in North Lebanon. I went to school and later graduated from The American University in Beirut. Having had enough of the war and feeling the need to expand my horizons, I moved to New York at age 21, where I first discovered my passion for art overall, and photography in particular.
I attended the Parsons School of Design, HB acting studio and later apprenticed with Vietnamese photographer Noc Nol. In New York City, I found my home, or should I say 8 homes. It is there that I met and grew my best friendships and my most significant life forming experiences.
Since 1996 my photography has spanned the globe. My photo exhibits mostly feature my favorite subjects: children, ancient monuments,portraits, and landscapes from my travels.
I am very lucky to have my photographic works used in renowned educational programs internationally—including Talking Hands Talking Feet, New York’s Earth School, Something Good in the World, and the Shalom Templata multicultural program. Since 1997, I have led summer art camps for children in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. I founded the acclaimed Blue Star Youth Movement to foster budding talents in art and photography for teenagers. During the last couple of years I have worked with the very talented author Mark Siegel on a photography/art project called “by art we live”, a project that aimed to profile and photograph child artists from around the globe.
I currently live in Shanghai with my husband and young daughter and I work as a freelance photographer on a variety of projects.