Through my artwork I attempt to examine the semblance between the practicality of printmaking and the processes involved with it. I have always enjoyed working in my studio and now as I move into the realm of teaching, I am constantly expanding not only the media I use but also the way in which I create art. My passions are teaching and creating art, and through both I am challenged to explore new techniques, medias, and methods. I work to remain an artist first and continually develop as a teacher in order to be a role model to my students. I strive to provide students with examples of the highest quality work.
My artwork embodies realism in a contemporary art fashion, and I do my best to offer the viewer a printmakers perspective when they see my prints. I feel that it is not only necessary to keep the viewer engaged in subject matter, but engaged with my technique as well. I primarily use the reductive print method to add colorful layers to my prints in order to give them a photographic quality. My art reflects my desire for perfection in craftsmanship while also showing the imperfections of life. I use this juxtaposition to challenge the viewers mental image of rudimentary objects.
While I have been pursuing my career in teaching, I continue to maintain the outlook of a professional artist. I strongly feel that in order to properly teach art one must first be considered a professional artist. The more real world or classroom experience I have to pass on to my students the more engaging and effective I will be as a teacher. Furthermore the experience and knowledge I have accumulated from college and teaching will help to guide my students on a path to higher learning. I want to give my students every tool necessary to succeed in the real world.