All kids begin as artists. Along the way, they focus on other things or begin to doubt their artistic relevance. I'm one of those kids that never doubted their abilities communicative importance and never ceased creating. Being dyslexic necessitated I invest in other methods of communication that came more natural to a mind that perceived the world a little differently.
I have always had a quick and clear imagination and have sought out the skills and mediums to help construct my castles in the air. During my creative journey, I have earned a BA in studio art and netted a wonderful career in the greatest art field there is, teaching.
Some people collect comics, antiques, or sports memorabilia; I collect artistic mediums. I pride myself on trying my hand at any and all mediums that cross my path and exploring their communicative potential. Having a large repertoire to call on has helped me immensely in keeping the attention of the kindergarten through eight grade students that I teach. If
I had to pick a favorite, it would undoubtedly be Photoshop, of which I have a sixteen years of experience. If there is a medium that I have not tried, it is because I have not learned of its existence. I am fairly certain that I may have even invented a few.
I approach teaching art like one would approach teaching a language class. I install an abundant level of skill and confidence in my students in their own abilities, that they can call upon them as easily as one who has ample studies in a foreign language might engage in conversation with someone from their field of study. Working with children does install a sense of hope in ones own future. Teaching is by far the most challenging and rewarding artistic field that I have experienced, with the human mind being the most hallowed of all mediums.
Recently, archaeologist and linguists have begun deciphering ancient Mayan hieroglyphics. Among their discoveries was decoding the glyph for magical conjuring.
The glyph depicts a hand clutching a fish as if to describe the act of seizing something from a different world and bringing it into ones own.
I immediately connected with this idea on an artistic level. It is hugely rewarding (even magical) to reach into ones own mind, seize an idea, and then hold it, manifested, in ones own hand.