My art career began over fifty years ago when I won a high school city-wide art competition for a scholarship to the Rochester Institute of Technology. As a graduate student in 1967 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago I was a student teacher. I received a BFA degree in sculpture and a MFA degree in painting. I then taught art in Junior colleges for several years before moving to Wisconsin where I designed and physically built four private houses. This gave me experience in architectural drawing and the understanding of the relationship between a two dimensional surface and a three dimensional construction.
I taught drawing and painting classes in Wisconsin during this time, as well as creating four public murals and, as throughout my career, always painting and having shows of the work.
In 1980 I moved to Hollywood where I created over two-hundred paintings of the movie industry at work. I was the first person to have a show of paintings at the Motion Picture Academy. The Smithsonian Institution included my work in its “Hollywood; Legend and Reality” exhibition. The State Department sent my paintings to Europe in the National Gallery, Athens, Greece as well as several other venues. The show was held over because of the enthusiastic response.
Experience is the most important quality I bring to tutoring. It is easy for me to see where a student needs work and where their strengths are to be able to communicate in a succinct and clear way. Learning the visual vocabulary is as important as learning the vocabulary of words. Students learning the fundamentals will be able to build a solid foundation to work from. Once the fundamentals are understood the student will be guided toward their own unique way of expression.
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