Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is your philosophy on teaching?
  • I believe that there is a growing need in this world for lateral and divergent thinking.  I believe that every human being I meet is in some way my superior and therefore has much to teach me.  I believe that there's almost always more than one right answer and that the future relies largely on this generation's ability to find alternative methods to solving modern problems.  I believe that art has an implicit power to change the world in ways that only the years will know and that America's youth needs to accept ownership of this power so that ideas can move from one person to many.  
  • In other words: I view my career as helping others plant humble seeds and nurture them.  Then I get to wake up every day excited to see what grows out of them.
  • What are your career goals?
  • I am proud to say that I have spent my entire life in the world of education and will continue to do so for as long as I am able to.  Most of my enjoyment comes from helping others and I channel that into everything I do, including my career.  I want an art education job in central Minnesota that allows me to continue to grow while simultaneously passing my knowledge on to tomorrow's leaders who will in-turn expand upon and share those ideas.
  • What is your history outside of teaching?
  • I have been steadily employed since I was 14.  My jobs have ranged from cashier to security guard while I moved from town to town.  I eventually found my niche working at a group home for individuals with developmental disabilities.  I have been assisting vulnerable adults with their daily routines on a full-time basis for 6 years now and it is something I am very passionate about.  I have taught them crucial life skills and I can honestly say that I feel addicted to it.

What do you do for fun outside of school?
I believe in staying busy.  My partner and I have 7 rescue pets that I spend a lot of time with.  I read a lot of comic books and have written several.  I have several years experience in film studies and film criticism and I try to go out to a movie at least once a week.  I don't watch much tv aside from a few shows that I watch religiously.  I also enjoy playing video games, cooking, watching 80's pro-wrestling videos and I'm even building an arcade machine in my basement.

  • What sort of art do you make?
  • Most critics would describe it as pop-surrealism.  I have a Bachelor's of Fine Art in 2-Dimensional Studio Art in general but watercolor painting is my wheelhouse.  I try to make sure I work on a bit of everything though... I've made several animations, websites, video games, short films and statues in my day.  You could say I do it all.