I am going in to my 31st year of teaching and have been at Marek for the last 12 years. I've taught every level from elementary & jr. high to high school. I have one son, Isaac, who is a freshman at aTm (Whoop!) this year. My dog is a Cairn Terrier (like Toto) and his name is Synbad. I have degrees from both TAMU, B.S. in Education K-8, and ut, B.A. in Fine Arts & Illustration.
Here's a few questions I always get each year:
Are you a "real" artist? Yes, I am an artist - and a teacher. I have sold some of my work, have had a couple things in small galleries, I paint, draw, take
photos, look, learn, and am still curious and noticing the beauty in every day things. Some day I hope to complete a children's book that I have written and Illustrated.
Do you like being a teacher? Yes, I do. I love to
help people look at things differently, notice things
deeply, appreciate things in a new way and learn
to express themselves through their creativity and
What is your favorite thing to use in art? (medium)
Acrylic paint and watercolors. Over the last year I've
worked a lot in watercolor and am improving enough that
I really like it as much as acrylic. Right now though I love painting in just black and white acrylic.
And just in case anyone asks...No, no one is perfect. There is no right way or wrong way to express yourself. Everyone is different so you can not expect any two pieces to be alike. Art is subjective to the viewer. The process is just as
important as the product. You should have fun and enjoy yourself! :o) Try your hardest, do your best, put in your best effort and you won't go wrong.
Artist/Illustrator: Chris VanAllsburg
Classic Artist: Monet
Style of Art: Impressionism (when I paint I often use this style)
Colors: Turquiose, Olive Green, Maroon, Black and anything sparkly and glittery
Foods: Steak and Seafood
Fast Food: Chick Fil-a, Which Which
Drink: Jamba Juice
Place To Read: Anywhere! (especially on the beach)
Genre of Books: Fantasy
School: Texas aTm Gig 'Em Aggies!
Activities: Painting, photography, working in the yard, decorating and fixing up my house, visiting my freshman son at aTm
Places: Beaches in Florida and Mexico,Paris, France, Greece, Italy
Peaceful Place: New Hope :o) A deserted beach, my back patio early morning
Season: Cool Crisp Fall
Holiday: Christmas!!!!! (actually all of them- I love to decorate and get in the spirit of the season!)