My aim as a visual arts instructor (a practice revolving around drawing, painting, and associated practices and also encompassing theory, art history, writing, illustration, and professional/community practice) is based on skill acquisition as a springboard to power of expression. Strong technique allows a multiplicity of authentic voices to be heard, and for cross-disciplinary work to be approached with intention. I present learning objectives in a manner that fosters an environment of maximum student success and accomplishment. My students are able to systematically build a strong basis of technical ability, which can be applied to the broadest range of expressive, interdisciplinary solutions to visual problems and questions. With an emphasis on inclusivity, diversity, and intellectual curiosity, I foster a classroom culture that brings out the best in every unique visual thinker.
My students have regularly gone on to be admitted to prestigious programs such as SAIC, Yale, Hunter, Goldsmiths, MICA, Skowhegan, Columbia, and Rutgers. Many more have gone on to successful and productive lives in the arts, or in other fields, propelled by visual intelligence and curiosity.