I have run a graphic design studio for the past 35 years. Ten years ago I began as an adjunct instructor in the fashion department of a local college and found I love teaching. At this point in my life, it just seems like the right thing to do, to pass along the knowledge I've accumulated to the next generation of artists. I still do some graphic design work, especially illustration. I like it too much to quit doing it. Besides that and my college teaching, I have been teaching drawing and painting at a local art center and coaching high school students to help them get their portfolios ready for art school applications. I am proud to say that every student I have tutored has gotten into their school of choice. In my spare time, I paint, mostly people, and show my work in regional exhibits. I also have been doing murals, mostly working with students and other community members.
I believe that anyone who has the desire to create art can do it and, with practice, can become quite good at it. The key to drawing a realistic image is to observe, to really see what is there instead of drawing what you think the object looks like. This is why I believe in teaching art the way it has been taught since the old masters learned it -- careful observation and drawing, drawing, drawing. I also believe most people learn best when working one-on-one in a supportive and positive environment. I strive to make each student comfortable enough to be able to take some risks in their art-making.
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