I grew up in the Bay Area, lived out of state for about 15 years before returning home. Much has changed, some for the better. I want to call out these secret gardens, little nooks of delight interspersed in our suburbia. Plein Air, or painting outside, brings great joy to me, and I hope it shows in my canvases. Nothing is better than a good challenge and mine is to remind us of these forgotten places.
Give a student materials, an idea, a few guided steps, and away they go; creating a delightful mess and amazing art. I believe everyone can make art. Children do not need to be prodigies to discover amazing talents within themselves. I teach summer camps at the Bothwell Art Center for kids ages 6 to 17
I draw everyday. A micron pen (005 or 01) and a sketchbook. I have two bookshelves full of my books going back 30 years. Some drawings are full on, detailed illustrations but most are silly or just plain bad. It doesn't matter. Sketching is to painting what yoga is to running; I am stronger and more flexible for it. Also, I get grumpy if I haven't sketched.