I love to teach! Nothing makes me happier than to see a student make that connection, when something finally makes sense. As I get to know students and what it is they are interested in, I use their experience to create the mental imagery that will help them achieve understanding. Common ground is often times the best way to relate a concept to students. I can couch the knowledge I have in language and imagery a student understands. I have developed my teaching style by tutoring fellow students throughout my undergraduate studies, and by teaching foundation level art classes at UMass Dartmouth as a graduate student. I now have my MFA in sculpture.
I've been a photographer for about fifteen years, and I've been making sculpture for about eight. I started shooting in Los Angeles when a friend of mine loaned me her 35mm camera. I took it out for a day and I was hooked! I started carrying my camera around all the time, buying lenses and film (back in the day of film), and taking classes at Los Angeles City College, where I learned to develop black & white film and prints. I documented the Los Angeles poetry scene, shot stills for an MTV special, and the cover photo and interior photos for a book of poetry. I set up a darkroom in my apartment, where I shot portraits and developed prints. Then I decided to finish my education. At University of Arkansas at Little Rock, I received my B.A. in Studio Art with emphasis in photography and sculpture. I worked for a portrait studio, where I was shooting digitally using a Nikon D60 and editing in Photoshop. Using Alien Bees for studio lights, I improved my studio lighting skills. I traveled with world renowned architectural photographer Tim Hursley for a year, before deciding to pursue my master's degree. I would love to share my knowledge of photography with you and help you refine your skills.
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