Shamona Stokes began drawing when she was 6, creating murals of Alice in Wonderland in her childhood kitchen. She always loved to daydream and explore the woods on the dead end street where she grew up in Piscataway, NJ. In 2002, she graduated with honors from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with a BFA in Illustration. At art school, she explored character design and mixed media primarily in 2D, but the 3-dimensional world of sculpture always intrigued her.
Life took its twists and turns and Shamona pursued a successful career as a graphic designer and art director in Manhattan for 15 years, freelancing at agencies big and small. During this time she released a children’s book app, A Dark & Dismal Flower, with her animator husband. In 2009, she took a 4-month hiatus to explore India and came back with notebooks full of ideas which would later become the seed for her next creative chapter.
Her goal right now is to follow her original childhood dream of creating art. Meditation was the tool used to open up the creative blockages that remained closed since childhood. When the doors opened, she was able to create the bulk of pieces on this site in just a year and a half. It came out effortlessly–like the work had been incubating for 37 years.