College of St. Teresa (K-12 Art - Education)
WSU & SD State (Other)
I’ve held a lifelong passion for exploring the environment and expressing my relationship with it through art. I love to share and instill such passion for learning in others through teaching. Whether a student, or an accomplished Artist, it’s about continually learning to see the world from different perspectives, learning to recognize ones physical and mental connection with it, and then expressing that in a visual, and sometimes tactile form. Learning specific technical skills is also necessary for an Artist to feel comfortable in expressing in a chosen medium. Art is unique in that the Artist’s creative experience with a piece is certainly different than that of the audience. Hopefully the experience is beneficial for both.
Many Artists focus on one type of art, and become experts in their craft. There’s nothing wrong with that. I have been an Artist for about 40 years, with 28 of those years in the commercial art glass industry. During that time I was fortunate enough to explore many artistic avenues, various mediums and techniques including: traditional drawing, painting, printing, and sculpture, mold making, glass casting, plus digital medium for drafting and graphics using Photoshop. I was also involved as an assistant project coordinator and technical problem solver. I also enjoy exploring art history and antiquities.
As an Art Educator and Leader, I developed a complete K-12 Art curriculum, providing for a sequential, cognitive skills development using art, with an interdisciplinary connection when feasible. I coached the high school "Odyssey of the Mind" problem solving team to 2nd place at state. I also coached the Prom team, and coordinated the annual Art Fair.
I am no longer working for a commercial art glass company. I am an on-call substitute teacher for the public schools, and am attending Symmetry Solutions School and learning SolidWorks 3-D CAD.
I hold myself to a high standard, and want to assure clients that I value their feedback and satisfaction. If for some reason a client is not satisfied with my service I will cut the labor portion of the final bill in half. Expenses for art materials will either be the responsibility of the student, or applied to the billing through WzyAnt, depending on written agreement with the client.
I try to be flexible with my time, while working other jobs and going to school myself. I will work with you for your special needs. I am also willing to tutor small groups of no more than four and provide special rates. I am willing to travel roughly 40 miles for sessions at your location, and I am currently working on obtaining local studio space in Winona.
I look forward to hearing from you, and hope that we can work together to accomplish your goals.
I will add photos of some of my work here, and provide more as time permits.
I do have a more extensive digital gallery link which I may be able to release later.
updated 10-28-15 I’ve held a lifelong passion for exploring the environment and expressing my relationship with it through art. I love to share and instill such passion for learning in others through teaching. Whether a student, or an accomplished Artist, it’s about continually learning to see the world from different perspectives, learning to recognize ones
45.00 hr/ 1 student Sliding scale applied for multiple hour sessions, and small groups (max 4). Includes travel or (possibly local studio rental). Supplies or equipment not provided.
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I have been drawing in various mediums for a living for over 40 years, generally as part of the concept and design process for painting, ink illustrations, printing, drafting, glass art, sculpture, etc. Sometimes the drawing is the final work itself. And I have also used 2 & 3-D computer graphics to "draw."
I have made my living primarily as an artist. I have been painting in watercolor, acrylic and some oil through occasional commissions for over 45 years. I have done a few pieces for my own enjoyment when I could afford to. I have also used 2 & 3-D computer graphics as a tool to conceptualize composition, and various color and texture manipulations for painting prior to applying paint to canvas.