Originally from Connecticut, I'm a middle school art teacher in the Rio Grande Valley, which is in south Texas. It's an awesome gig! I can't believe I've passed the 10 year mark! As a teacher I stress the importance of process over product.
Before going back to school to complete my BFA in 2008, I spent a couple of years working retail and then at a local TV station, first in master control and then in the sales office as the sales assistant. It was actually through those jobs that I had my first experiences as a teacher, training my fellow employees. In 2018, I completed a Masters in Educational Leadership, with the thought that I might want to eventually become a district Fine Arts director. I am also considering working on an MFA, if I can justify the cost.
In June of 2018, with fellow artist, teacher & art nerd Alfredo Gonzalez, we formed The G Squared Collaborative. Situated in Studio 9 of the McAllen Creative Incubator, we offer private lessons, group classes, workshops, and support for artists and creative types who are looking for a fun, experimental process based approach to art making.
"I'm serious about art, but my art's not serious."
As an artist and teacher I am incredibly serious about the role art should have in education, in our daily life and in our community.
When you see my art it comes across as silly an nonsensical. It, actually, is also very serious. I utilize the silly imagery as a way to express deeply personal issues usually stemming from frustration, anger or sadness. It is a way for me to give a "voice" to my internal dialog in a public/not public way. To the viewer, the repeated use of imagery alludes to the possibility of a story. It is up to them to determine what that story is.
Most of my work relies on the use of stencils that I have cut as a collection of heads and bodies. I am constantly playing with these configurations to create new and interesting conversations. Occasionally, I will add a new character to the mix.