OCT, B.A.S, M.A., B.ED., Co-owner of Façade Academy, Creative Manager, Intermediate/Senior Teacher, Art Instructor, Freelance Artist
As a visual artist I am incredibly passionate about the art work that I do. Finding your passion is like creating art or learning a skill, you get out of it what you put into it. I tell my students that when the world gives you something to work with that feeds your creativity, the passion inside you will allow for that source of inspiration to take shape. Having both an appreciation for art and science, I experiment a lot with materials familiar and new to me to see their relationships and where they contrast. The sciences have taught me that failure is a natural part of experimentation. If you want to learn how a process works, or develop a new one yourself, this process demands that you try, fail, and try again. In the arts, especially fine art, taking risks and pushing boundaries is just as important because without risk-taking art would remain stagnant, and the creative spirit would be wasted on our own fears. If you’re creating things, you’re doing things that have a high potential for failure, especially if you’re doing things that haven’t been done before and you learn from those things. In that knowledge, one must remain optimistic and passionate because the risks that are taken will lead to the most extraordinary outcomes and long lasting success.