I graduated with my BFA in Painting from the Herron School of Art and Design in 2016, which I attended on a full scholarship as a Chancellor's Scholar. My work has been accepted into Infected By Art Volume 5 as well as Creative Quarterly Volume 49, to be published in January 2018. Additionally, in June 2017 I attended the Illustration Master Class in Amherst, Massachusetts where I studied under modern masters Donato Giancola, Greg Manchess, John Jude Palencar, Rebecca Guay, Scott Fischer, Anthony Palumbo, and Winona Nelson.
Painting allows me to tell stories and to communicate complex thoughts and emotions to my audience in a way that is highly engaging and nearly universal. It's thrilling to see strokes of paint coalesce on the canvas into something that has weight, solidity, and form. It's that moment when the illusion begins to appear that I really feel in tune with my work.
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We begin by assessing the student's skill level, talking about his or her artistic influences, and, most importantly, figuring out what the student's goals are. It's important to discuss what my students are seeking out of their studies with me as well as what their broader goals are for their art. By knowing these things, I can work with my students more effectively and provide exactly what they need to thrive.
Look at the work that the teacher is making. Assess your own interests and what it is that you want to learn, and see if you can find evidence of these things in the teacher's work.
For instance, if you're very interested in realism, look at what the teacher is doing technically with her work. Even if the subject matter isn't something that necessarily appeals to you, the fundamentals of light, form, value, and perspective will carry over regardless.