Ricky Bella ~ Art Therapist & Product Developer


How it all began.......

After earning a Master's degree in Art Therapy at the School of Visual Arts in NYC over a decade ago and working with various populations, settings & age groups - I became passionate about introducing others to the benefits of meaningful art experiences.

My personal experience yearning for ....& sometimes even leaning on.... the creative process over the years - for both myself & my own children, reinforced & eventually cemented my drive. I created CYS Kits because I want EVERYONE to have access to affordable, simple, complete,  meaningful art experiences that can be used anywhere to inspire & awaken creativity.

My promise to you is that each & every CYS Kit has a meaningful, thought out directive always designed by a trained Art Therapist with one goal in mind.....to help you CREATE YOUR SELF.

My Day to day:

Growing up in a small beach town I spent a lot of alone time being creative  ….& truth be told, I still do. These days I enjoy experimenting with art supplies & meaningful directives so I can continue to develop & expand the CREATE YOUR SELF line of art experiences for all. 

Aside from that, I love to swim & play basketball,....never had a cavity in my life ....& when I was young everyone called me 'Ricky Bella Bell from Belle Harbor' - even though my real name is Erica : )   Now I pretty much go by Rik, Ricky, The Rikster & Mom.

I currently live in New Jersey with my husband & 3 active boys. We all enjoy painting 'SELFIES', adventure vacations, playing basketball, cheering on the NY KNICKS, spending time laughing with family & friends & exploring new terrain while hiking with our exceptionally smart & mischievous Chocolate Lab Rae....aka: Rae Ray, Cray Rae, Crayola & sometimes Rosea girl : )

Want to know more??  Read Ricky's personal 'CREATE YOUR SELF' story featured on Blue Barn Kitchen