Hello! My name is Sue, I have been an artist my entire life, have shown my work in New York for over 15 years, and have really loved teaching for the past five years. I currently teach at Pratt and Montclair State University. I moved to New York City after earning a full scholarship to The Cooper Union, where I earned a BFA in art. I spent six years working in designing and developing prototypes, and then went on to earn a Master's degree in painting from Bard College. I was able to balance experience in a corporate environment as well as keep a consistent art making practice. After my design experience I began teaching. Along my path I also wrote a book on making toys out of recycled fabrics-- this was a great thrill for me! I wrote the text, designed and made the toys, and even illustrated the how-to pictures. I have done other projects, commissions with other artists, as well. I also moonlight at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, where I paint and sculpt the portraits of the wax figures-so you can see I have a very extensive range of experience!
In terms of teaching I've taught drawing, sculpture, painting, and a toy design classes. I'd love to work one-on-one with anyone who wants to develop their skills in these fields. I have really enjoyed sharing my discoveries through teaching, and I know I can inspire and encourage growth in these areas. I like to work with each individual at their own level. I have often taught those surrounding me various techniques, and in my corporate job would instruct painting and drawing techniques to those newly hired for the position. In recent years I have worked with college students on developing their overall potential in whatever area they are focusing on, be it design, drawing, or painting.
My strengths are that I am very personable, easy to get along with and very rigorous with what I know can be achieved. So in a sense I strive to maintain a balance of keeping things challenging, and fun as well. I can see the potential in anyone, and I work with people at their own level. I work to inspire students to find their own potential, and also to see the beauty and excellence in the art that surrounds them.
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