A little about me:
I grew up on a very large farm and ranch in central Texas, and after living in five different states, I now reside on the beautiful central coast of California.
If you had asked me 20 years ago if I thought I would ever be a professional artist, I would have laughed. My real journey with art did not even begin until I was thirty years old. For that story, click here.
Rather, I was educated as a scientist. I earned my degree in ecology at Texas A&M University, and soon after began working as a botanist and naturalist. It didn’t take long to realize that employment in this area was sporadic at best. Merely as a “fallback plan”, I went back to school to earn a teaching credential. Along the way, I fell in love with teaching.
I began teaching math and science at the junior high level, and I still do that to this day. In addition to teaching kids, I eventually became a curriculum designer, a teacher trainer, and a state test writer. Along that 15 year journey, I became a watercolor artist. Over my years of learning watercolor, I became quite frustrated with the lack of good teaching of watercolor, and the fragmented nature of this instruction. I eventually found one of the few diamonds-in-the rough; Peter Saw’s Interactive Watercolor CD. This CD and Peter’s friendship and guidance are what eventually allowed me to break free of the bad instruction and become a professional painter.
In my summers off from school, I began teaching watercolor to both children and adults. After several years of this, I was fortunate enough to finally become a teacher at the Atascadero Fine Arts Academy in Atascadero, California, where I now teach my dream combination of classes; math, science, drawing, and painting.
With such a strong background in science, I developed a quite unusual interest in the science of watercolor. Around the watercolor forums, I am pretty sure I am considered the “watercolor technical geek”. Add to this my years of teaching, and it is only natural that I am also quite passionate about watercolor instruction.
It was over a year ago as I write this that I decided to take my two biggest passions, watercolor and teaching, and combine them into something accessible for everyone. I wanted to create something for others out there like me who think they aren’t “gifted” and “just can’t paint”. I wanted to help others avoid the 30 year search that it took me to find the joy of painting. I wanted to take Peter’s Saw’s torch and carry it onward. And here is the result; Watercolor Tutor.com.
Hopefully, with this course you will discover the wonderful joy of watercolor much quicker than I did.