My teaching aims to foster curiosity and provide new means for expression. Art-making builds problem-solving skills, critical thinking, observation, physical dexterity and collaboration. All of these feed into better learning outcomes across the academic spectrum. I enjoy sharing techniques that help both students and teachers continue to grow and use art as a learning tool alongside and in conjunction with other curricula.
I have taught in a variety of settings and work students with a wide range of capabilities, skill levels, and cultural backgrounds. My own art making focuses on drawing, painting and printmaking. I enjoy teaching with all types of materials using an open-ended, process-oriented approach that allows students room to explore rather than aiming for a set end product. This mirrors my own working methods and preference when I’m in my own studio. Skill with materials is always a component of what I teach, but I am engaged also with helping students find a passionate path for their own expression.
I am an artist and writer from Kailua, Oahu. I received my BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Washington in 1985. I later completed an MA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I regularly exhibit my work in juried exhibitions in Hawaii and am an active member of several local arts organizations. Since 2001 I have taught art to children and adults.
The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.