As an educator, my passion is in helping students to develop purpose and direction in their lives that is meaningful to them. I hope to encourage, empower, and instill confidence through listening to their ideas, celebrating their unique gifts, and providing resources for them to thrive. My goal would be for all of my students to feel heard, valued, and inspired. My desire is to help them achieve a level of excellence in their ideas and craft through building awareness around their passions, curiosities, and interests. Finally, success for me as an educator would mean providing my students with the tools they need to succeed in their careers.
As artists, I believe that our work is a compilation of our life experience—that can translate so many different ways. We all collect experience and memories, which in turn informs our subject matter, style, and process. My work is heavily influenced by my memories—more specifically objects or simple pleasures that I’ve attached memories to. I tend to focus on memories that hold beauty or positive emotional value and explore those through my work.
The beginning of my creative process is an evolution of time, thought, and resources gathered around a particular subject matter. The majority of the preparation is done in my mind and through research. Through reading, collecting visual references, storing information, note-taking, I gather inspiration and resources that inform my creative process. Only after gathering thoughts, resources, and ideas will I move to pencil, ink, watercolor on paper, and/or digital means. The medium I choose depends on how I envision the final form. I like to create work that is multifaceted in both form and purpose. Essentially, it can be used to enhance a brand or a physical space.
One thing that has become particularly clear to me is how linear our language can be when describing art, creativity, and expression. I like to see past the limitations defined by society and create new ways for my work to live. As a visual communicator that is possible through so many different means. The final form of my work has expanded from a framed piece in a gallery to products that I love, surfaces that beautify my surroundings, or user experience in the digital world. What is most important in the final form is that I’ve committed to my craft, explored a passion, and created something that feels useful or beautiful as an end result.
Failure and Tenacity
I believe accepting momentary failures is an essential part of being a successful creative. Tenacity is necessary in order to stay connected to your end goal—both on a smaller project scale and in life. When we get caught up in fear of failure, focusing on what others are doing, or presenting a specific image of ourselves, we get off track from where we belong and who we are.