I am an artist and a teacher. I am a classically trained sculptor with more experience teaching the figure in the Southern California area than anyone else. I have had my work in prestigious exhibits in museums and galleries, I have had solo exhibits, and I have created public art. I was selected as an "Artist Ambassador" to go to China and meet other artists from around the world, to tour all of China and to speak at the International Women's Conference at SIAS University in Xinzheng.
I was lucky to meet great teachers that led me to these successes. I studied from artists trained in Europe and in the United States. I have also learned from the many artists I have met along the way, projects that I have completed, and through teaching, you never learn so much as you do when you are teaching.
Learning to teach is another thing. Great teachers grow with each course they teach, with each student they happen upon. Over the years I learned how to reach nearly every student and the quality of the work produced by my students grew. My first semester that I taught, I had other teachers come to me wanting to know all of my secrets, and yet when I look back at those days, I am embarrassed by the inexperience that I started with compared to where I am now.
If I could live my dream, I would have a large enough space where my husband (also a classically trained sculptor) and I could take on the teaching of 40 students at a time, with the dream of creating sculptors as trained as they were in the early 1900s America. I would love to find a way to do this free of charge for our students, and make a modest living (enough to eat, keep my home, have a reliable car and do a little traveling). Representational sculpture is becoming a lost art with "scary Lucy's" and bad pope sculptures and even American heroes and former presidents suffer in bad sculpture to be remembered by.
I love art, I love artists and meeting people who love art. I love sharing my knowledge and inspiring artist to achieve to their best. Be sure to say hi to me, I am so happy to meet you!