I believe that a knowledge of Art History is extremely important to better understand mankind and the diverse cultures of our world.
I have been a lifelong student of Art History and I co-majored in Art History while working toward my Master of Fine Arts degree.
I am extremely knowledgeable of all Art Historical time periods and artistic genres, as well as of the artists who contributed to them.
As a public high school Art Teacher, I very successfully taught Basic and Advanced Placement Art History. And, I also had the wonderful opportunity to teach High School Art History in the prestigious International Baccalaureate program.
I always strive to not only give my students an understanding of the development of Art from Prehistory through today, but to impart a working knowledge of the relevant styles and techniques used to create art. In order to accomplish this, I often supplement my lectured information with related, fun hands-on art activities which enable my students to better comprehend the concepts and methodology which artists have used to express themselves throughout the ages. I discuss the theories of Aesthetics: how and why different cultures have formed and expressed their own standards of beauty.
Additionally, and very importantly, I teach approaches to Critiquing Artwork so that my students can make and present informed opinions regarding works of art, regardless of style or technique.
My goal is for all of my Art History students to be able to intelligently and to eloquently discuss Art History whether it is for a research writing assignment, a verbal classroom presentation, to prepare for an exam, a museum visit, in a gallery setting, during friendly discourse, or simply for personal edification.
For many years, I have had great success with introducing the concepts of formal Art Theory to my students which enables them to clearly and aesthetically express their own individual artistic statements.
I emphasize to them that the use of the Elements of Art in conjunction with the Principles of Design is the means to making their artistic statements regardless of the style, content, genre, or subject matter of their particular works.
Additionally, I share with my students approaches to Art Criticism Operations which not only allow them to use their aesthetic awareness to make informed opinions about art created by other artists but which also serves as a means of evaluating their own efforts during, as well as after the resolution of their artwork.
I pride myself in teaching time honored, traditional Drawing concepts in a contemporary manner. I use approaches to drawing which enable my students to express themselves through the use of Line, Shape, Value, Size, Direction, Texture, and even Color!
I personally work in diverse technical modes and genres of self expression. And, I have had the wonderful opportunity to study with and be mentored by renowned drawing instructors and artists such as Glenn Vilppu, Burne Hogarth, Gene Colan, and Joseph Sheppard.
I was an honor graduate of the renowned Kubert School, and I have been a professional practitioner and teacher of cartoon art for more than twenty years.
I will always truly enjoy sharing with others all of the many disciplines which I have learned.
But my ultimate goal as a teacher is to help my students to eventually become their own teacher.
Regardless of style or subject matter, I know that the principles and techniques of Painting can be taught and can be learned by anyone who is willing to patiently persevere while practicing traditionally time honored procedures, methodology, and approaches. Learning in this manner will serve as the springboard for anyone's chosen means of personal self expression.
And, I have always been amazed at how effectively these principles and techniques produce their intended aesthetic results when applied with diligence, knowledge, and understanding.
My paintings have garnered prestigious awards, have been shown in many galleries, and have been featured on the covers of numerous books. They are created using the very concepts, principles, and techniques which I teach. While much of my work tends to be traditionally realistic, my intention is to help each of my students find and express his or her own individual artistic voice.
I have had the wonderful experience to study with and to be mentored by renowned artists, among them the master oil painter and pastelist Daniel E. Greene, as well as Boris Vallejo and his wife Julie Bell, both of whom are acknowledged as two of the world's top Fantasy Illustrators.