I am a full-time art professor in the Fine Art Department at CCD, where I teach several different studio art classes: Drawing #1, Drawing #2, 2D Design, Figure Drawing, Painting #1, and Mural / Faux Finish Course. I am the curator of the CCD Student Gallery (The Dock Gallery) and I also oversee the student art club.
I am the proud holder of a Certificate of Appreciation awarded to me by the Southern Poverty Law Center in recognition of my contribution to the ongoing fight against intolerance in America. I was added to the wall of tolerance in Montgomery Alabama.
Hands down, it’s the students here at CCD. It is a wonderfully diverse group of individuals all coming together for a common goal of bettering themselves to improve their chances of being a successful member of society.
I am a working artist in addition to teaching the arts so I spend a significant amount of time in my studio practicing what I preach. I also have three small dogs that keep me very busy and entertained. When not doing those things I love spending time with my adult daughter and granddaughter.
Probably, it was when my mural class was featured on channel 9 news for creating a large-scale mural on W Colfax as part of a larger effort to improve the appearance of that area.
It was my longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Don Seastrum. He got me my first teaching gig at RMCAD teaching Color Theory. He was also instrumental in convincing me to go back to school at age 37 to earn my MFA degree.
"Fear is your enemy." My drawing #1 teacher said that to me over and over again until I decided to let my guard down and take risks and experiment with my art. If I had not gotten over my fear of failure when it came to my artwork I am certain I would not be where I am today.
Gandhi because he was such a wonderful and outspoken humanitarian, Vincent Van Gogh because he was such a tormented soul, God because I am dying to know the meaning of life....
My dogs; Otis, Slinky, and Poppi