I was born and raised in Italy. I moved to California in 2001 where I pursued my doctoral degree in Native American Studies and, after moving to Saint Louis MO in 2008, I started teaching at Saint Louis University. I come from a family where art and music are like homemade bread, always on the table, fresh and nurturing. I have been drawing, painting and writing since I was child, and I have been a meditation practitioner since I had my first baby in 2011. My artistic and meditation practices blend into one another: in June 2022, I became a qualified Mindfulness Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and I am now developing my own path as a mindful creative expression facilitator too.