I am a practicing artist in the DFW area. I am fond of sweater weather and introversion--but I am also passionate about creating a discourse about the visual arts and guiding those who wish to pursue craft in this field toward a greater competency in their abilities and confidence to join the conversation. As a graduate of The University of North Texas' School of Visual Arts and Design, one of the top studio art programs in the southwest, I sharpened my focus and craft in painting and drawing. My personal work found footing in painting with oils on wood panel, incorporating fabric collage, and I soon found myself ranked first in the program's annual studio review as juried by all painting and drawing studio professors. Within a few months, I was also recognized with the 2010 Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Grant by the Dallas Museum of Art for my body of paintings.
My goal is to create a supportive dialogue between myself and the student to allow for further development of their craft as well as establish an open conversation regarding their own thoughts about their work in order to promote critical thinking skills. This approach works on two levels--it focuses on developing technique, which builds skill and mastery in a particular area as well as fosters crucial conceptual thought which introduces personal growth and depth in the work by encouraging self-evaluation and self-efficacy. My hope is to establish flexible goals with students based on their need or desire to strengthen skills in certain areas using a combination of traditional means, such as the elements and principles of design, color theory, perspective and proportion, as well as more conceptual tactics that promote awareness of the work--subject, concept, and context. Ultimately, I would like to provide each student the opportunity to improve on their own ability to see (mastering technique) and to think (developing concept).
I consider studio practice to be of upmost importance in a study program, as producing work and incubating ideas is crucial in development as a practicing artist. There is no replacement for hours spent in the studio applying technique to concept and wrestling with visual problems that ultimately result in a finished piece--which is why you will find I offer challenging homework to encourage the studio practice at home.
Things change-- to ensure both you and I are getting the most out of our time, I do ask at least a 12 hour cancellation notice and will be happy to reschedule without charge.
I know your time is valuable--which is why I won't bill for a session you feel unsatisfied with.
Though based in the Lakewood area of Dallas, I can travel to meet you.
Based on our discussion of goals/needs, I will provide a list of materials for you to be prepared with.
I like an open dialogue and welcome critique! If ever a question or concern should arise, please know that a discussion is welcome.
I am available for private and group lessons.
Areas of Expertise:
-Painting: oils, acrylic
-Drawing: pencil, charcoal, pastel, pen, ink
-Collage: papers & fabrics, mixed media
-HVLP spray gun painting
-Principles and elements of design
If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to contact me. If you need help in a certain area of concentration you do not see listed above, or are unsure, let's discuss!
I look forward to hearing your goals and seeing how I can assist you in meeting them.
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