Perhaps the single most influential experience that defines my work today was the clay class I took during the summers of my 5th and 6th grade years.
A lifetime (and two young girls of my own) later, I took my first a painting class and experienced oil paint for the first time. Moving that paint with the painting knife—mixing and shaping it on the palette—I was struck with a thrilling connection to clay. To this day I relate to my work sculpturally, an ever dynamic process of building up, carving out, textures, and glazing. A visit to my studio reveals the ever growing collection of tools and materials next to my palette: putty knives, painting knives, razor blades, cold wax, chop sticks, rags, and silicon scrapers…the list goes on.
As you can probably guess, I’m a big proponent of experimentation at the easel. I’ve found that the biggest breakthroughs come from the partnership of two things: willingness to let full blown curiosity take the lead and a learned understanding that painting is a highly elastic process: “when the bones of your painting are good, you can always get them back”.
As a professional, exhibiting artist, I have experienced every joy, doubt, breakthrough and pitfall that can happen when you are making art.
Wherever you are in your journey, know that I am an open-book resource and believe that our dialogues “off-topic” are as valuable as those on.
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Please note that this group is a PROFESSIONAL ARTIST mentoring Aspiring Artists.
- Next session: December 06, 2022
- On the 1st Tuesday of every month
- Find Your Timezone:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MST Tue
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST Tue
1:00 AM - 3:00 AM GMT Wed
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM AEDT Wed
Listed below are this Mentor’s specialty skills. Join this group if you want to grow your skills in these areas.
Color and Composition
Teaching How to Self Critique
Providing Art Critiques
Marketing & Branding:
Running Your Art Business the Day-to-Day
For ASPIRING Artists
AM I AN ASPIRING ARTIST?
As an aspiring artist, you have been creating on the side, as a hobby, and now you're ready to take it to the next level!
YOU'RE INTERESTED IN:
- technique - color and composition
- art critiques - get feedback on your artwork to help you narrow and hone your style
- supplies and tools - where to save and where to spend
- marketing - learn to write your artist statement and CV, build your brand, launch a website, maximize your social media
- price artwork – because your time and talent have value
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