As an educator in as subjective a field as the visual arts, my ambition is to create an environment where students can discover and explore the range of their creativity as well as broaden their expertise. My philosophy for assisting students in this process involves a straightforward approach to fundamental concepts and an integration of the continuum of art history, in order for them to better understand their own individual relationship to artistic practice. Equally, my goal is to reaffirm the idea that the academic setting provides the resources and the time to expand the boundaries of artistic practice while providing students the foundations necessary for technical skill.
This philosophy is based in the firm belief that art is a transformative and evolutionary process. I am constantly seeking new and more progressive ways to teach traditional concepts. With my background formed in the rich history of photography and my present experience engaged in emerging technologies and current learning theory as well as the rapidly evolving field of digital media, I have a distinct view of how art changes and is changed. Through this perspective, I encourage students to embrace the traditions of their medium and find contemporary ways to create new meaning.
I have found through this experience that teaching is as much a learning opportunity as it is a chance to reaffirm the power of the arts to inspire and excite.