Sunday, August 16, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

Teaching

I love to teach. I love everything about it almost as much as I love to paint. Maybe more in some ways.

Working with people and passing along information and learning from them and seeing them stretch themselves to find answers and surpass challenges are only s few of the rewards in teaching. Building a rapport with a person and seeing how their life is impacted by their interaction with you and their fellow students is probably my favorite part. Whether it be an 80 year old learning to use a computer, an undergrad learning how to see better and find their voice with drawing or painting, or a 10 year old learning the basics of game design, it is the same, a rewarding experience. 

I never finished school and was a poor student at times. I learned a lot but was so anxious at times the to couldn't turn in an assignment. I was too worried about what others might think. I ran out of money and financial aid and left school early. Luckily I found work at an art supply store and later as a teacher in a college summer program and as a freelancer. Most of what I've learned about being a good teacher has come from my mistakes and there have been many mistakes.

I hope to continue to teach in the future, whether it be online or in a classroom. There is nothing I've found that is as good as connecting with interested people and helping them grow. 

To all the people I've taught and those I've yet to, thank you. You have given me far more than I could hope to give you. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Comix

Some panels for a comic I'm working on.




Thursday, November 6, 2014

Transfers

   
I've been working lately on a series of transfers. Images from magazines and newspapers painted on with either gesso or gel medium and pressed against watercolor paper via my etching press or burnished by hand.


I began the series in response to ink drawings labeled "#inktober" that artists were posting on Facebook and Instagram and though I often draw with ink I wanted to find a way to make ink drawings without drawing anything. Meaning, I wanted the pictures to be made with ink on paper but find a way to come about an image without drawing it.

In part, I was inspired by Robert Raischenberg's silkscreen images and transfers and the first one I did included a sculpture he made with chairs and steps (sculpted with found objects and not by his own hand) and his name. Both his name and the chair image were in an article in his recent show at the Nasher and the piece was sort of a love letter to his work.


In making these I have found some ways to present images that I might not ordinarily draw and it had been a learning experience in design, juxtaposition of images and what these images might mean on their own and together. 

The #inktober idea was to make one image for every day of October. Though we are in November, and I'm only up to about 12 or so, I hope to continue until I've reached 31. I hope you enjoy the results. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Art Show In Durham





My show is up at Pleiades Gallery in Durham, NC. Pleiades is located at 109 E Chapel Hill St. near Pizzeria Toro and runs through August 23.

The front of the gallery features my recent work and another show running at the same time by artist Revere La Noue. In the back is a great selection of work by the other artists at the gallery.

The reception is Friday, August 15 from 6 -9pm. Hope you can make it out.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Working on Show

I'm currently working on images for an upcoming show at Pleiades Gallery in Durham, NC. This will be a two or three person show and will run through August.

Some things that will most likely be in the show.




Friday, June 6, 2014

Ideal Job

I've been thinking a lot lately about what my ideal job would be and thought this morning, what better way to put it out there to the world that I am looking for the ideal job than by writing a blog post about what that might look like. Aside from painting all day and earning a living at it, below, is as close as I can come to describing what I would like to do with my time and how I would like to contribute to making the "world a better place".

I have the skills needed to do this job, which I think is important for anyone seeking a perfect job, know that you are capable of doing it should it present itself to you.


Image Creation
I would like to be spending part of my day creating images and designs. I have spent over twenty years doing this and have more than a little skill at both creating images and graphics that communicate on intellectual and emotional levels. I work hard to match graphic solutions to content and begin with a thorough understanding of the content that I am working with.

Content
I would prefer content that is related to subjects I care about and that would educate and enrich the lives of the people. I like to tell stories. I would like to be involved in something that educates people about environmental issues or human issues such as poverty or the need for medical care and education for children. I'd like there to be less pollution, more trees, more equality for all people, and more safety for kids.

Education
I have spent many hours working with both adults and children helping them to create images, express themselves through pictures, and stretch themselves. the ideal position would involve working with people and teaching them things about seeing and expressing what they see and how they feel about it through pictures and other art objects. I spent several years volunteering at the Pediatric Playroom at UCSF when I was a freelance illustrator and found fewer things as rewarding as playing with small children and seeing them smile and forget that they were in a hospital.

People
I'd like to work with a small group of people who are positive and interested in learning, helping others, and doing good things with their time.


OK Universe. That's my ideal. Bring it on!