B.A.Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas (Animation)
Even in my earliest years, the arts were a passion for me. While I enjoy creating my own work, I have always wanted to spread my love of creation to any minds wishing to learn how to express themselves or even just learn more about the art world in general. I do not believe there is such a thing as "bad art" or that something can be too bland or too shocking when it comes to creating something personal. If it means something to you, if it makes you feel something, it is art. Art is subjective, art is free, and it is the light in the dark when needed for anyone to express their deepest emotions.
While I was still a student at Sam Houston State University, I was part of a team known as AMP (Art Mentoring Peers) with the sole responsibility of aiding my underclassmen with projects, passing the BFA Review (a system put in place to review students' work that would decide if they were eligible to pursue their chosen majors in the Art Department), and understanding the curriculum they would be participating in. After graduating with a Bachelor's in Animation, I worked as a freelance artist for commission, as a substitute teacher at two charter schools (Advantage Academy in Duncanville and Legacy Preparatory Academy in Plano), and have worked with artists in Dallas and Denton as part of a bi-monthly Life Drawing group for students and adults. I have loved every chance I have been given to spread my passion for art no matter what age group I have worked with. I have experience with digital media from 3D programs all the way to traditional pencil and paper sketching. All I have ever asked in return is for my students to have an open mind and to not be afraid to express themselves.
I am available during the week from 6 am to 8 pm, willing to travel, and can be reached by phone or email at all hours. If you are looking for someone that will help you expand your portfolio, help you learn new techniques, or just want to learn about art, please contact me. Even in my earliest years, the arts were a passion for me. While I enjoy creating my own work, I have always wanted to spread my love of creation to any minds wishing to learn how to express themselves or even just learn more about the art world in general. I do not believe there is such a thing as "bad art" or that something can be too bland or
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I started as a self-taught artist in Kindergarten and have retained my interest, and preference, for 2D tradtional drawing and sketching. I have participated in Life Drawing classes, workshops, and events as well as modeled for said classes. I specifically chose my major as Animation as it gave me the freedom to pursue my true passion of visual concept art and illustration. I have taught students from Kindergarten to high school age as part of my job as a substitute in traditional media pertaining to drawing, i.e. using pencils, pens, crayon, etc. My methods have ranged from observational drawing, step-by-step character drawing, and freeform life drawing.
As part of my degree in Animation, I was part of a basic Graphic Design program geared toward understanding the importance of visual presentations. I understand the programs InDesign, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver. While digital work has not been my primary focus, I can teach students the basics to getting started so they may explore and experiment with these programs at their own discretion.
As part of my degree at Sam Houston, I was in two painting classes. The first focused on using oil paint and working to understand technique, application, and caring for tools used. The subject matter ranged from painting objects to free expression. The second class focused on using acrylics and watercolor and understanding the fundamental technique differences from oil painting. I have taught students how to use watercolor techniques while part of Legacy Preparatory Academy in Plano as well as mentoring peers while part of a student teaching program at Sam Houston.
I am a self-taught photographer, my work having been geared toward personal projects such as working with models, cosplay conventions, and costume work. I can teach the basics for using simple to professional grade cameras, photo effects and techniques, and working with digital media to enhance photo work. While this has been more of a hobby, I know the basics to teach to students that wish to build their own body of work and explore their abilities with a guiding hand.