University of Hawaii at Manoa (Design - Photography)
My enthusiasm for art has provided me with over 25 years of work in the visual arts. My experience with children's book illustration, computer art, scientific illustration, logo and corporate identity and publications, have allowed me to work with a variety of people from an array of fields. Throughout my years as a professional, I have always made time to share my passion for art with others through teaching. Since I have experience with the vast array of media available, the children and adults I teach benefit from being able to explore any technique they have aspired to from pen & ink, pastels, oils, watercolors, photography, digital arts, clay, sculpting to everything in-between.
My own art education began at an early age with private and semi private classes held after school and on weekends. It was the consistent exposure to art and the ability to draw and paint what I was interested in creating, rather than what my school curriculum required, that proved to be invaluable. The weekly classes continued through high school even though I was happily immersed in the art department. I went to college at the University if Hawaii where I minored in Printmaking and Art History and majored in Design/Photography, finishing with a BFA degree. I am best know for my scientific illustrations and children's books. My work has received numerous awards and is found in private collections, exhibits and publications.
Presently I am a professional artist spending most of my time illustrating and teaching. I have worked with students from ages 3 to 60, many of them face challenges. No matter what the circumstances are, I have found that the process of creating art enables a part of the mind that is often left untouched. It is my goal to inspire students and instill the confidence and skills that enable them to express their artistic talents. I have always been inspired to create art, it is my hope that by instilling that inspiration in others, they will always keep art in their lives or even better, as a career!
I spent seven years in college studying studio arts developing a wide set of skills which include textile design, graphic design, photography, weaving, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry making.
I enjoy teaching art because it is what I love doing. I believe in learning, and computers have made that so easy for us but with art there is nothing better than the hands on approach. Working and doing much like the apprenticeships in the days of old. Let's sit down together and create art, side by side, and see just how amazing an artist you can be!
I am happy to discuss your goals and aspirations, please contact me anytime! My enthusiasm for art has provided me with over 25 years of work in the visual arts. My experience with children's book illustration, computer art, scientific illustration, logo and corporate identity and publications, have allowed me to work with a variety of people from an array of fields. Throughout my years as a professional, I have always
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I received my BFA degree after spending 7 years studying nearly all of the studio arts courses available at the University of Hawaii. I have taught biological illustration workshops, private and group art lessons for 20 years as well as home schooling my children for middle school through high school.
Before I meet a student I try to gather as much information about the project and/or goals that I will be helping with so that I will be equipped with all the necessary supplies including props for still/real life drawing or photos of the desired subject matter. I always bring books for the students to reference techniques and media for additional inspiration and direction. I will demonstrate techniques and draw suggestions on my sketch pad if necessary, but usually my students are eager to get started drawing, so much so that I have a difficult time stopping them when the time is close to being up! I usually supply a journal for the student to sketch ideas down between sessions. The journal helps them to start 'thinking in pictures' and to feel the freedom of drawing for no specific reason other than the joy of drawing. Sharing the sketch book at each consecutive session allows me additional insight about the student's progress and commitment.
In teaching Graphic Design I am usually requested to cover publications, logotypes and logos. My professional experience ranges from corporate identity, annual reports, newsletters and children's books to font/typography design. My approach to layout design uses a basic grid system which allows for versatility but consistency within each publication and can be as simple or complicated as is needed for the student's academic level.
Designing logos and logotypes and applying them to letterhead and other corporate identity is something I find students really enjoy. They learn the basics behind researching to create a logo and then sizing that logo with typography to create some very real finished products which can be used as portfolio pieces or school projects. My logos, publications and corporate identity programs have received many awards over the years and I am happy to share images from my portfolio with students.
I began seriously pursuing an art education when I was ten years old with weekly, private studio lessons in oil painting. I studied under the tutelage of Larry Roberson, who specialized in museum restoration. During the 8 years I was there I became proficient in plein air painting (outdoor), still life, portraiture and copying old masters. In college I expanded my painting skills to include watercolors, acrylics and gouache. Now, in my work as an illustrator, I often use a combination of paint media as well as watercolor pencils and colored pencils.
Painting is an ideal way to appreciate the subtleties of color that exists in our everyday lives. Learning about the various types of paints and applications always seems to intrigue students. Mixing colors can be like a revelation which often carries over into cleanup where they get to mix more colors as they wash their brushes and palettes! My approach to teaching painting is much like drawing, as most paintings do begin with a rough drawing even if it is with a brush on a canvas. Sketch books are encouraged and color ideas for paintings can be added with colored pens or pencils.