This moving conversation highlights Aimee's transition from marketing to building a thriving art business after suddenly suffering paralysis. She also shares valuable advice on how to develop a mindset of resilience despite the toughest of obstacles.
Aimee Hofmann is an abstract artist who has been painting for 16 years. Her journey to finding her professional purpose and life’s work is one that is inspiring and filled with twists and turns. In '98, Hofmann earned a BS degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University. After graduating, she landed positions in marketing and public relations, but did not feel fulfilled. In search for an artistic outlet, she explored creative industries, i.e., make-up artistry and acting. Suddenly, in 2006, she suffered from the neurological condition, Transverse Myelitis, which resulted in permanent paralysis. The hospital, where she was a patient, offered a therapeutic art program which prompted Hofmann to start painting in her hospital bed during her stay. After learning she would never walk again, it was art that, ultimately, gave her peace during the difficult stages of loss, grief, self-reflection and self-discovery. Throughout the years that followed, while facing life with a disability, she created a number of collections. Aimee considers herself mainly a self-taught artist and her work has been exhibited at Carriage Barn Arts Center, Jamestown Arts Center, Blue Door Arts Center and Rye Arts Center.