Born in New York and raised outside of Boston, Putman learned about art from her mother, a weaver, and her father, an avid photographer. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, majoring in Advertising Design. Putman then moved to New York City and spent 17 years as an award winning Creative Director at CBS News. While at CBS, she also became an activist, helping to create and brand the Million Mom March for Common Sense Gun Laws on the National Mall in Washington DC, considered the largest march of its time. In 2014, Putman co-founded Pinkwater & Putman, a marketing consultancy dedicated to “Harnessing the Power of Good.” Pinkwater & Putman was recognized this year with a 2017 Fast Company World Changing Idea Award for their work with the Fair Food Program.
Art has been a constant in Putman’s life, but she is fairly new to collage. After the market crash of 2008, she threw her bank statements in a shredder and spent a year painting and collaging the pieces together, an undertaking that sowed the seeds for her current work. The 2015 attack in Paris at Charlie Hebdo spurred Putman to turn to collage again, and while taking a class at the local museum, she found her voice with hand cut paper collage. " As an artist whose career is about controlling the message, I love that collage allows me to embrace the unexpected and express emotion, whether with humor, irony, sadness or fear."
Currently Putman is mixing media, using paint and collage with found materials. "I'm motivated by social justice. When I have no words, I have art." Her work has appeared in shows in New York City, New Jersey, and Berlin. She is honored to be featured in a new book, "Making The Cut Vol 1; The World's Best Collage Artists". Putman lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.