I have 30+ years in the field,as a children's illustrator as well as being a registered copyist at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. I paint in oil and create portraits, do live event painting and enjoy creating pen and ink and renderings of architecture as well. I am flexible, patient and will work with any level to help clients gain confidence and grow in their ability as an artist.
I am also a swim instructor with 11 years of experience with all levels, from beginning children, or adults, to those training for open water swims. I am patient and strive to help each swimmer reach their goal, whether it is losing the fear of water and learning to float, or to swim in open water. I have taught a small summer swim team and have taught group lessons and private lessons of all types in various pools indoor and outdoor.
I enjoy encouraging students at all stages to gain confidence and enjoy where they are at in theur skills while working to achieve greater technical and emotional strength in their work. I am passionate about helping people to push through the hard parts of creating when things do not seem to be going as wished.
As a swim instructor I strive to help all swimmers learn to be comfortable and safe in the water. I am flexible to work with each person specificallly according to their goals and ability. I love watching people learn to enjoy themselves and gain confidence and safety in the water in all settings.
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I ask them what they are expecting to learn, and ask for samples of their work as well as a history if their past instruction, if any.
As a swim instructor, I ask what their goals are as well and what their level of swim ability is.
I studied commercial art, illustration, art history, graphic art and life drawing in Boston for three years at Butera School of Art and continue oil painting classes,at the Art League in Alexandria VA under Ted Reed. I am a registered copyist at the National Gallery of Art.
I have been a children's illustrator with several books created for authors, as well as individual clients ranging from the USDA to bed and breakfast owners.
I have taught swimming for 11+ years and have gone through the Red cross WSI program and have my cpr, aed and first aid training. I have been a swim coach of a small summer team and have swum various open water swims (and was a high school swimmer with a pool record back in the day). I currently teach at three local pools.
I charge a base price of $40.00 per hour for drawing classes and painting classes, per hour. If the distance traveled is over 30 minutes I add $10.00.
I charge 40.00 per half hour for swim lessons and will come to your pool. It is your responsibility to assure that your pool allows for lessons to take place with outside instructors. I will also not have discounts for pool break times during lessons.