I have not only fallen in love with art throughout my life but I truly love the art of teaching. I believe that young artist are worthy of truly excellent training and have an innate ability to grasp all of the complex aspects of classical realism, thought by most serious artist to be too profound for the student artist. In my 32 years as a fine art teacher I have come to believe that a young artist can be taught all of the concepts of the old masters such as how light affects a turning form, structure, color theory and accurate anatomy. I teach true fine art; not arts and crafts, cartooning or copying from photographs. I am a real stickler for good, solid drawing skills. We draw constantly from life in the studio. Demonstrations, daily sketches and critiques are frequent. Color is only introduced once a student is fluent in ALL aspects of life drawing and only then it is taught as color theory. This entails a unique understanding of how the light source and the environment affect the color. The mediums used in the studio are pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, professional grade color pencil, and oil.
The students learn very advanced principles, just taught in a slow, repetitive and nurturing way. If they don’t “get” it, it is not their fault; it is mine. I am quite cognizant of the many different learning styles and take immense pride in delivering this information in a way in which they can experience success. I am a passionate teacher and have become more dedicated and excited as the time goes on. The students have become a family over the years…..bonded by hard work, creativity, mutual respect, and dedication to the mastery of fine art.