I am a self-taught artist blessed with a gift of seeing and a passion for painting
and studying the nature of things. I have painted in a variety of media with occasional sculpture for over 40 years, and I am building my representation as a gallery and exhibition artist in Bellevue, Kirkland, Kenmore and Gig Harbor. I've also won three places in the 2012 American Art
I teach the basics and beyond, by teaching to see what is in front of you and drawing
from Life. Regardless of one's own style or imagination, the fundamentals of light and value, color and chroma, form, movement and composition are essential for continual progress, and all are ultimately dependent upon hands-on practice.
There are three basic things involved in drawing and painting:
First and most obvious is what you see, in terms of light and shadow, noticing the range of values, colors, and overall relationships of forms and spaces.
The second thing involved is what you think you see, such as edges that become invisible because positive and negative space are of equal value, or your left-brain wanting to "fill in things you know are there."
Thirdly, whether you are drawing or painting, is how you put onto paper or canvas what you see, which has much to do with technique, but actually more with seeing.
What I do is help to remove number two, what you think you see.This is arguably the greatest stumbler. By teaching to see what you see AND what you don't see, my students have a more practical, self-motivated and creative approach to whatever art they endeavor.
I teach within the age ranges of teen to adult, beyond the point at which the student begins to observe nature, rather than make the characteristic left-brain symbolic pictograms associated with early childhood drawings.
Besides the relaxing and therapeutic aspects not often associated with drawing and painting, my seeing approach provides the most grounded foundation for the creative child in you.
Reference to my website is provided upon request.