I’ve always been super into art making, ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil. While art has always been a daily hobby for me, it didn’t always come easily to me and I don’t believe myself to be naturally talented.
As a youngster, I always worked hard in school and gave my best effort at everything, including art class, but I was far from the best artist in class. I continued taking art classes every year throughout high school, and couldn’t help but compare myself to the other kids my age who had double the talent and thrice the skill level that I held. It would have been easy to give up back then, but I pushed myself to get better every single day.
In college I studied a jumbled up mess of subjects at several schools. I was quite honestly lost for the majority of my college career. I was so lost in fact, that my school counselor forced me into a class for ‘undecided majors’ at my community college so I could figure out what the hell I wanted to do with my life. In that class I took personality tests and tried my hand at different vocations, desperately in search of my passion. Now I look back and wonder why the hell we think 18 year old kids are supposed to inherently know what they want to do for the rest of their lives.
I spent the next four years hopping from major to major. I didn’t settle on fine art until I realized I was skipping all of my other classes so I could spend more time in the campus pottery studio. It was that semester that I officially became an art major and my graduation date was subsequently pushed back a year. That year was absolute bliss. Surrounded day in and day out by art projects, artists, and art teachers. I was in heaven.
Upon leaving art school I was greeted with the harsh reality of job hunting, and when I realized just how hard it is to land a job in fine art, I marched straight to grad school to get my master’s in art education.
Here I am, 8 years later, teaching art to 600 little ones by day and creating my own art by night. And now I’m here to teach you too.
Coming very soon… I’ll be teaching watercolor courses on this here website and sharing everything I know about the medium. We’re going to have some fun and get our learn on!