While painting on site as artist in residence at a facility in Wellington FL, I set up an easel to do a couple of pieces for a charity auction. Virtually everyone who came by to watch found a brush in their hand and experienced the pleasure of putting oils on canvas. Between three small pieces I had over a hundred helpers. One elderly gentleman told me he had never held a brush in his life, and was going to find a class to join. I then donated the paintings to two therapeutic riding organizations and the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation (Read the Backstory on RSCF).
I teach individuals and small groups in my Hudson, NY studio, and occasionally for the Claverack Free Library nearby. I particularly enjoy encouraging the shy or self-doubting person in an “impossible to make mistakes” framework. I want everyone to have the benefits of making, creating and playing, without judgement and self doubt. I’m happy to get serious with the accomplished artist looking to add to their toolbox, or to take a raw beginner to work with me on one of my paintings. I ask my students to try out many of my art supplies to see with which mediums they enjoy working. Lessons are tailored to the student’s areas of interest, and on agreed upon dates/times. Contact me for more information. I will be adding open workshops during my recuperation.
Drawing and seeing, color mixing, composition, perspective, light and shade, best tools and practices, skills and techniques, problem solving, critiques, creative play, clay sculpting, altered books and pretty much anything but pastels, which are dangerous to one’s health. We use citrus turps and soap only, no solvents.
Learning to paint murals on canvas for later installation on site. These were a gift for a local animal shelter.
Papercrafting class for the Claverack Library.