I really discovered my love for art when I became a mom! When I got books from the library to read with my children, I soon realized that I was selecting them as much for myself as I was for them! I loved looking at the beautiful illustrations. What started out as a casual interest, over the years has become a huge part of my life. As much as I love creating my own art, I love teaching and sharing art with others even more.
My art education has been obtained primarily through independent study. I have taken classes and workshops in various art forms and techniques. I remain on a continuous journey to learn new things. While technique is important, it is not the main focus of my teaching style. I am always happy to demonstrate technique and instruct students as to how to do the projects, but I feel it is more important that each student feels free to add his/her own interpretation to the art they are creating, and to really make it their own. I strive to create an environment by selecting projects that allows for students of different ages and skill levels to comfortably participate in the same project, often side by side.
I have been teaching art at Jewell Tone Music for three years through summer camps, and after-school and Saturday art classes. In my own art, my main mediums are felting, quilling and painting, but I am always looking for new things to experience, learn and share. I offer a variety of mediums and projects to allow students to experience many different art forms. I encourage my students to share with me what it is they wish to experience or learn so that I can help them truly enjoy their creativity.