The most rewarding part of teaching is when a student sees and appreciates their own growth. To help someone to find a way of expressing themselves is a gift I give myself.
Getting to know new and passionate artists and learning about all of our various journeys is incredibly rewarding. Watching the development of ambition and talent is thrilling.
Signing up for my first art class at Walker Light Studio was the biggest gift I gave myself as an artist. I was certain, at that time, that I would never have the necessary hand-control needed to draw anything recognizable. After introducing himself, our teacher, Joe Holliman, asked each student to introduce themselves and say a little about their experiences in making art. When my turn came, I said “This is my first class, and I must have been nuts to have signed up for it. My signature isn’t even legible. My hands are stupid.” Joe laughed, then replied:” Art begins in the eyes, not the fingers, and it comes from the heart, not the paint box.” From that first day, and onward, I keep learning the truth of his reply, and since that starting point my work has been exhibited in four group shows and a solo exhibition, and I’ve sold pieces in both the United States and Europe. Even more important, making art now fills my life with joy, every day.
I'll observe a new student first. I'll get to know them and try to discover what is important to them along their journey. I'll discover what they are most interested in, and I'll get them used to direct observation. I'll watch their process and learn what they do, so that we are having a conversation, not a lecture. My goal is always to help pull my student's creativity out, in contrast to trying to cram in some rigid orthodoxy. The fun is playing with how to push the boundaries.
A self-taught lifelong artist. There is no better teacher that the time spent doing the work.