I grew up in an artistic household with my father being a full-time artist. I witnessed his journey from small town arts and crafts shows to major museum exhibitions and someone of national recognition. I'm now a full-time artist myself, and experiencing this same journey, firsthand. This has given me a unique perspective on the business of art, and few artists really get to see this part.
I am experienced with numerous mediums but watercolor is my favorite. I teach regularly all over the Southeast, but I am also willing to travel as far as California to teach my students, and I travel to Montana once a year to teach several students in the Northwest.
I enjoy teaching both private and group lessons. I'm very passionate about art and I have been told, by many of my students, that I'm an excellent teacher. I can be very sensitive and nurturing, particularly for the beginner artist or for a student who has been away from the easel for a long time; and conversely, I can be firm and more demanding for the seasoned artist if I think he or she is not putting forth the effort and practicing at home. Building trust and knowing how demanding a student needs me to be starts with being able to "read" the student. In most cases, students need confidence, and I put a lot of emphasis on having a good drawing hand (which is the basis of painting). When a student comes away from one of my classes, he or she will feel empowered to control their medium and create with confidence and without worry and anxiety.
I enjoy watching the expression on my students' faces when they use my techniques and see how truly fun it can be. I also enjoy empowering my students with the confidence they need to create.
I would like to recommend Alan Shuptrine. He was exactly what I needed to help get me started in water color. With his help, I anticipate to grow in my knowledge and skill in this medium and eventually become a capable water colourist. Gaylan Brown Dickson, TN