I am originally from Colorado, although I lived in Hawaii for two years which gave me a new cultural experience. My first two years were spent at Humboldt State University in Northern California. My intention here was to get my degree in Studio Art; however, that all changed when I moved back to Colorado to go to Metropolitan State University. I come from a long line of teachers and when I started at Metro, I found my love for education as well.
My art practice consists mostly of 2D works using acrylic, oil, and mixed media. My subject matter usually includes abstract landscapes showcasing my interpretation of the outdoors. Recently I have ben doing more portraiture, which has proved to be a challenge but has improved my painting techniques. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors.
The classroom should be a safe space for all students to explore different materials and techniques while having the freedom to expand upon individual interests. Creating art will not be making art for ‘art’s sake,’ but rather a tool to further critical problem solving and thinking skills. The goal of finishing an artwork will further pose questions for future investigations. During the process of creating artwork students will be able to take these critical problem solving skills they learned while creating their work as a tool in other areas of their lives outside of classroom walls. The student/student and teacher/student relationships in the class should be built on respect. These dynamics will be about being able to share opinions and talk about disagreements instead of a student or the teacher having a dictatorship role. In a guided learning environment, students will ultimately be in control of their own learning when creating their artwork.