The inspiration for my work is the story behind what's on the surface. What's inside that's hiding or breaking through?
I am a NJ-based student artist with a passion for cooking, the environment, creating art and helping others. It's exciting to create beauty on the plate and on the canvas. One of my food highlights was competing on Food Network's Chopped Junior in Dec 2019. Check out the episode called "Holiday Gift Baskets", season 9, episode 5.
In my West Orange, NJ, kitchen, I love to create masterpieces with a mix of flavor, color and spices. In the studio, my media of choice are Copic markers, pen/ink, pencil and a camera.
Two missions important to me are to help those with food insecurity and to raise awareness for teen mental health and teen suicide prevention. Food-related efforts will be further clarified when the virtual gallery is posted. Currently, proceeds from select products will be donated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and to the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide.
Through art, together we can start a dialogue, spread knowledge and make a difference. Every day, strive to Live More, Laugh More, Love More.
Have questions or need help understanding what one of your friends of family members is going through? Links below provide some helpful background. The lifeline is available 24 hours per day as support for you or your loved one - they are always there to listen.
1-800-273-8255 / 1-800-273-TALK
*** Coming soon, 9-8-8 will be a suicide and mental health hotline. This will be like 9-1-1 but specific for mental health issues. The act is open for public comment right now. Be a part of the solution. They want comments about how to best implement this new 9-8-8 hotline. You can give comments on this WC Docket No. 18-336 on the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System at Contact your representative too to show you support it. ***
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Some people do not have enough food. Food insecurity impacts people of all ages worldwide and young children and elderly adults are most vulnerable. This does not just affect people far away, but also our neighbors in our own towns.
Sales of food-related prints and photos will be donated locally to the Holy-Trinity West Orange Food Pantry. Most of these are sold in person. They will be loaded to the website soon.
... and in 2020, I will be releasing a cookbook and also have food-related photos and paintings available on the site. We will expand to contribute a portion of the upcoming cookbook sales to Meals on Wheels, an organization that brings food to people in their homes and also provides them company, comfort and a visitor to talk with. This feeds the body and the the soul.
I challenge you all to think about addressing this problem on a more global level. High-schoolers in 4H can participate in the 2020 World Food Prize Research Project with the Global Food Security Coalition. What ideas will our next generation come up with to tackle this problem?
“Art is too important not to share.”
- Romero Britto
Thank you for your interest. For any inquiries, please contact LRM illustrations today.
Commissioned drawings are done by request in cartoon style, B/W or color. I can recreate a photograph for you as a cartoon or a comic. Please send your photo via email. These make great personalized gifts.
To discuss creating logos or illustrations not from photos, please fill out the form below or email your request and I can help create an original piece or art that meets your vision.
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