creativity, connection, inquiry
Art has always been in my life, from drawing on the walls as a young girl, to running a freelance graphic design studio as a young adult, to now, teaching art. My focus in the studio is more about what can happen through the process of making art, rather than creating "fine" art. Don't get me wrong, I still love to see and make beautiful pieces, but I sincerely believe in the power of art-making to heal, to connect and create community, and as a mode of inquiry into the self and the world around us. I also believe you don't have to be a great artist to make great art.
Every artist was first an amateur.
- Ralph Waldo Emmerson
If you want to be a better artist, if you want to be more creative, if you feel like you just need to find a way to express yourself but don't know where to start, let me help you! The most important part is just to begin, and to give yourself the freedom to make those mistakes and to keep exploring! The masters we all have been inspired by for centuries knew that the key to their work was practicing. They would paint or draw the same thing over and over and over again. So much of art is keeping at it and learning how to really see the world around us. My promise is to provide a safe, encouraging space to do so.
I have been teaching art for many years and have seen many different styles. I have seen the change that comes when someone is struggling to figure out something that hasn't been going well in their world, only to be able to finally get some understanding of it through the use of art. I have worked with people who swore they "weren't an artist" and seen them blossom, creating beautiful works that they are proud of. I believe we are all capable of creating. Each of us has our own style, our own way of seeing the world. How boring would the world be if everything looked the same? I would be thrilled if you'd let me help you begin flexing that creative muscle - that's how it'll get stronger!
I work with a variety of mediums, from drawing and painting to printmaking, clay and sculpture. I love exploring what new materials can do and get excited to show people techniques and processes they might not be familiar with. I enjoy teaching all ages and capabilities and am constantly learning myself!