I am considered an encouraging supportive technician. My skill in knowing what's wrong seems to stand out.
If you don't care about drawing correctly, it's a different story.
Basic knowledge of perspective is imperative.
I am truly a social person, enjoy my process, can not wait to meet new students. My passion lies in seeing others make art they like. I hope to find your strengths and cultivate confidence in what you are doing well. If you are lost I help you discover your gift.
I consider myself a coach, who practices along side the student. My demonstrations are better in person, but zoom really gets us connected in a safe and consistent way.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
We begin with a simple charcoal still life. From there I can see where the student needs support. I offered India ink and acrylic paint in the first week of the six week series. We look at the structure of the human head, the proportions of the human body and animal bodies. Ultimately we look at perspective if it's relevant for this student to understand. When we paint there has been a foundation laid. Expression is more of a flow of color and structure, once the student has practiced it gets easier!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Bachelor of Fine Arts for MassArt, emphasis in painting and printmaking.
Studied abroad in Dublin at The National College of Art and Design.
I have trained my team of mural artists to do public art and in private homes.
I continue to update my skills by drawing daily and keeping my practice relevant to the needs of the public. I have had a great time meeting new students, who stay with me for years. I study art history and contemporary art movements and don't necessarily promote my own work. I paint with my students!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Basic Assessment (2-3 hours)$75
Hourly rate $30
Six week Series "Prodigy"
Six Week "Bohemian" level is all painting and larger works.
Six week series"Master" level is conceptual and collaborative, murals and larger works.
How did you get started teaching?
I taught adult classes at Louisiana State University. It started with decorative finishes, and my students wanted to travel with me. I began training my students privately to prepare them for art retreats in Italy and Ireland.
I was invited to teach in a high school as the art instructor and enjoyed learning how to show structure , create rubrics and have assessments and critiques regularly.Now I coach mature artists.
What types of students have you worked with?
Preschool teaching was my first afterschool job.
Private & group youth
Painting Parties for youths & Adults
Disabled or patient art facilitation and instruction
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Arts & Medicine Wellness Fair
I host this as a community outreach event.
The College of Alameda and their Health Services Department co-host this on-going event. I bring musicians and artists and healers together to make art together.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
First find out if you like their work.
When I studied in art school I wanted to work with the artists whose work was a direction I wanted to go.
We often don't know what kind of work you want to make then you need to just sample some varied styles that different artists help you create.
A teacher with a range of styles will be your best choice.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What period of art moves you?
Do you like detail or do you like expressive art?
Are you cautious and careful, due to lack of confidence? Do you need structure to get the methods?
Are you creative , but need help to get skills in drawing and color?