Most days you can find me lesson planning, art supply gathering, or making art in my home studio. Art-making allows me to enjoy what learning scholars call “flow,” to connect with others, and to think about my experiences as I attach meaning to my work.
My oil paintings are representational and include a variety of subjects- still life, landscape, travel scenes, people, and animals. I feel as if I am answering a general call to paint, and as I plan my time at the easel I think about what I feel interested in painting- what can make the hard work also joyful. I typically work in a project format, creating several paintings of a single theme, and possibly revisiting that theme again later. What I am truly interested in is representing life through paint- the constant practice of seeing and representing value, and honing my eye for beautiful color combinations.
In addition to oil paint, I enjoy cut paper collage. I balance the two modes of expression by using each as a retreat from the other- representational painting requires a more deliberate, methodical, and disciplined mindset, whereas collage gives me an outlet for experimenting and being playful through art. As I alternate between the two, I bring what I learn back to my practice in the other medium.
On this site you will also find lessons from my work at Montessori schools, community centers, and museums. I design lessons that are process-based and function as art media exploration, but that also culminate in a finished product. This gives my students something to be proud of and serves as an artifact of what they learned and the process they explored. Every child has different interests, and my goal is to help them find inspiration and get engaged and excited about creating. I hope that my lessons will inspire you to try something new with your own students or children!
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