In my professional life I am a creative arts psychotherapist for the Palliative Care Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. In this role I provide individual and group therapy to patients and families navigating the terrain of end-of-life. I specialize in supporting those coping with serious illness, hospitalization, loss, grief and bereavement. I frequently work with young children navigating the death of a family member. This vantage point has been a dual gift and burden. I am honored to utilize the arts to help carry those through a place of transition and psychological fracturing to a place of symbolic strength and calm. I am also deeply moved and saddened by the profound texture of loss and departure. 

Intentionally apart from my clinical work, in my visual art practice I contemplate these aspects of my intimate interactions with others and use them to reflect on our shared experience as people navigating the unknown. 

This series of acrylic, ink and watercolor paintings is a brief example of my reflective practice which has developed over the years to assist me in better integrating my own identification as an artist, writer and member of a healing profession. The act of painting is in itself a meditation. I am able to enter into the texture, meter and mood of a feeling and communicate in what feels like another language entirely, one that resonates personally and has implication for my practice. In this liminal space I am able to ask questions of the work, create rituals and reserve space while honoring my patients and myself.

-LDS, 2018
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Upcoming Exhibit: Altars, The Living Gallery Outpost, NYC, April 15th - 19th 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 15th, 2018 6pm - 8pm