Teaching Statement

The very best way to empower and enhance every artist's relevance and impact is to sharpen their skills at an early time in their careers. With all the noise, indifference, hardship and rejection a professional artist will face it is unfortunate artists in school or early career training are not getting actual strategic and conceptual advantages for the muck and mire that generates great artists.

More importantly, they are not being given the thinking to succeed in the most important goal of all for an artist: a career that gives an artist the chance to remain continuously creative, no matter where they may find themselves in their work, their completeness, or their personal lives.  It is what makes the idea of retirement seemingly absurd to an artist.

Teaching younger artists, or artists of any age how to sharpen their creative ambitions  has to begin: by grounding them in the realities and facts about art and their profession, dispelling all the myths they get fed about doing business in the art market and their ability to do it; and  eliminating any "fine" and "good" from the vocabulary of achievement and instead insisting on a professional culture of excellence and nothing else.  

Giving young artists the ability to understand the difference between meaning and value, and between the people they should stop letting matter to them and the ones who actually care or put food on their tables, eliminates a lot of obstacles before they ever become issues. 

Teaching artists how to identify and embrace their limits gives them the kind of solutions and sustenance they need from becoming lost or despondent.  Having various conceptual, organizational, operational and entrepreneurial perspectives to apply to their decision making process will keep them adaptable, prepared,  and as unconstrained and encouraged to experiment and take managed risks as they can ever be.