Art plays a vital role in our history, as well as our future. All cultures throughout the world have their own form of art and their own expression of it. It is a way to learn about each other and what we feel, think, and do. We can find common ground in our histories through art, it brings us together, no matter how different the expression may be.

My philosophy of teaching art is that to be able to express ourselves creatively, we must learn the fundamentals of art and the processes to bring about a final presentation of our inner selves. I believe that anyone can learn art, just as we learn mathematics, grammar, and science.

Art is learning to view the world with a new perspective, still coming from our personal experiences, which makes it quite powerful, without infringing on others freedom. Observation and execution of what we see is how we create. Fundamentally, it is about the breakdown of shapes, light, shadows, color, and tone. The execution and process of those breakdowns is what I feel is most important in teaching students.

“Never leave a man behind” is my motto, if I feel a student is struggling to grasp a concept, it is important that I find what works personally for them to understand it and move on with the others in the class. I also encourage and motivate students to experiment and use mistakes as learning opportunities. Every artist should learn through critiques and practice.

My art teachers influenced me greatly in how an educator should be; they were generous, inclusive and shared their passion for what they do. I feel passionately about art and the creative process and outcome. Artists greatly benefit our world and leave a trail of history for future generations, and it is my honor to be able to teach future generations of artists so that they may impact the world and others in a positive, creative way.