Artist and Teacher Statement

I believe one of my greatest strengths as a teacher is meeting students’ individual needs by developing a personal understanding of them, and giving them the tools and the knowledge to express themselves. I look to instill a love and appreciation for the visual arts through the study of art history, current artistic movements, and a wide variety of artistic media. My focus is on grounding my students in an understanding of the elements of design while at the same time allowing them to break free from these rules to explore the world around them. Through art, I encourage all my students to challenge their perceptions about themselves and their abilities, to look at the world from different viewpoints, and to interact with and process their everyday life experiences.