Lamar University (art)
University of Texas at Austin (Graduate Coursework)
I currently meet once a month with a group of artists at the Russell Farm Art Center in Alvaredo, Tx. We do painting, in both oils and acrylics, wood carving, stone carving, clay modeling and drawing. We have all levels of artists and all styles. I have taught direct stone carving there and am planning a comprehensive course that begins with figure drawing, then figure modeling in clay, then making a waste mold from the clay model, then casting from the mold. The resultant hard cast can then be taken to a local foundry to be cast in bronze or can be finished and displayed as is. It can also be used to carve from, either in wood or stone. I welcome all art students and consider myself a life-long student. I studied under a man who established the art department at U.T., Austin and knew Georgia O'Keefe and Pablo Picasso. He was a Texas regionalist painter himself and I learned a great deal under his tutorage. I see art as a voyage of self discovery - you want to find the authentic "you" through the visual arts.
I have produced and exhibited drawings, paintings and sculpture for over 50 years and am currently working on a new series of acrylic paintings. I assess a student's skill set and utilize both drawing and painting tutorage to help each artist toward the completion of a project. The completed project then serves as a springboard for other ideas and expressions, possibly in new mediums.
I consider my tutorage as more of a fellowship with another artist. I realize the I also learn by teaching, and by the interaction of others who see the world differently as unique individuals working to realize their own personal vision. I currently meet once a month with a group of artists at the Russell Farm Art Center in Alvaredo, Tx. We do painting, in both oils and acrylics, wood carving, stone carving, clay modeling and drawing. We have all levels of artists and all styles. I have taught direct stone carving there and am planning a comprehensive course that begins with
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I have completed life drawing studies both in undergraduate and graduate classes. I know and teach the gestalt or "envelope" method of rendering large shapes first, with emphasis on placement, scale and composition. This method is an ideal springboard for more defined drawings as well as painting and modeling the figure in clay. I emphasize the skeletal structure, but do not demand that the student master anatomy; that will come with experience. Shape awareness is the true beginning of artistic rendering in all media.