Art Teaching: Braiding Strands of Theory into Practice

Every teacher-in-training takes theory classes in preparation for entering the classroom.  Over time, our theories about children and learning become the foundation for our practice–the daily life of working with children in the classroom.  As I have matured in my teaching I have integrated various strands of theory into my own unique hybrid of classroom [...]

Collaborative banner-making with the ARRT team

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/22/banner-making-project-brings-maine-artists-together-for-a-cause/ Bob Keyes from the Portland Press Herald visited our work session on Sunday February 14th to observe our process and talk with people.  In his article, he conveys a sense of what we are all about.  ARRT paints banners for non-profit organizations in Maine that work to advance the Common Good.  I have been [...]

Choice-Based Art Teacher–An Interview

Introduction:  I chose to interview Robin Brooks, art educator and artist because I admire her ability to connect her teaching with her personal artistic journey.   If your experience with art in school was typical, most of the time you were instructed to complete projects or solve creative problems that were teacher-designed.  Robin and her choice-based [...]

What is a collage?

                                                             Tree Mosaic, Collage with painted papers over watercolor, 2013 I am an artist who makes collages.  How do I define “collage?”  I am challenged to think about this definition for at least two reasons. Reason One:  There is a wonderfully provocative collage exhibit on display right now at the Olin Arts Center at Bates [...]

new work

Since transitioning to my new website, I have sorely neglected my blog.  I am excited to share some new work with you, along with some of the ideas and inspiration behind it.  Today I brought eight new pieces to my photographer, Christine Olmstead.   I am excited about venturing in some new directions with collage and [...]

Small Works in September

I’m excited to announce two shows in Maine featuring small works.  The first opening will be a group show at Circling the Square Press featuring miniature prints that are 2″ square.  The show runs from September 20 through October 27 at the Press on Water Street in Gardiner, Maine.  The opening reception to meet the [...]

March Against Monsanto

On Saturday March 25th, the UMVA ARRTists gathered once again for a morning of banner painting.  The day was a global day of action against the dark lord of genetically modified seeds, Monsanto.  We met at the Meg Perry Center on Congress Street in Portland and commenced painting on the banner which was conceived and [...]

Limited Edition Digital Prints Available

I had three copies of this piece made yesterday using a high quality digital reproduction process.  It was a marvel to work with a skilled photographer and printer, Jim Nickelson of Nickelson Editions in Camden, Maine.  I can now offer digital reproduction of selected works based on client request.  Reproductions can be sized according to [...]

10×10 Brunswick coming up on September 28!

For the fourth consecutive year I will be participating in the 10×10 exhibit to support Arts Are Elementary, an organization that provides arts enrichment to children in the Brunswick Public Schools.   This one night event features a wide range of artwork created by local artists.  All work is displayed in 10″x10″ black frames. In addition [...]