I hold no certifications.
I have held a pen, pencil, paintbrush, or needle, since I was a kid. I'm a 47 year old human being, so that's at least 40 years of making art.
I'm the founder of a small community of the same name on Facebook, Gift Horse Productions.
I believe that Art is a human being's birthright.
I'm a self taught fantasy artist who enjoys a diverse array of artistic pursuits at varying skill levels; everything from acrylic painting to hand embroidering to watercolor.
Are you a more experiencedd artist who is struggling with artist's block? Give me a try at helping you shake things loose.
Are you a beginner, ages 10 and up, who has never put pencil to paper before now and wants someone to 'teach them to draw'?
Are you someone who wants to be encouraged play in their imagination and push the limits of what they can create?
I'd be happy to meet you.
Everyone has an inner world.
One of the best ways to explore that inner world is through the arts.
Being able to help people explore those worlds... being able to help them bring form and color to their ideas, to encourage and validate their desire for expression... is one of the greatest joys I can think of.
I love art. I love artists.
Everyone has an inner world, and I love, absolutely love, watching artists bring themselves to life.
Do you sew, play an instrument, paint, draw, sculpt, bead? Can you only draw fat stick figures? It doesn't matter.
You are an artist, and I love you.
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I like to use email communication to flesh out the details of the student's artistic goals (i.e. 'I want to do an actual oil painting.' 'I want to learn to sketch better.')
When I meet the student, we'll spend some time talking about their experience with/of art, and I'll show them the tools they'll need to achieve their artistic goals.
Lessons are freeform, adapting to the needs of the student as we go.
40 years of making art of some kind or another.
High school level art classes got me started, and experimentation, failure, persistence, and luck have made me who I am today.
A positive attitude surrounding the ability of all people to make art of all sorts.