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I’ve been teaching art both privately and as an instructor through Santa Barbara City College for over twentyfive years. 

My methodology is mostly a classical/traditional approach to teaching painting/drawing techniques, with a strong emphasis on Value and Design. My philosopy is to be inspired by life, and seek inspiration through the learning/teaching process. I teach what I need to become aware of, and encourage the student to pursue the direction they are interested in; to find their passion, and drive to continue striving for their own inspiration.

Center for Life Long Learning

Beginning Oil Painting -
Introduces, describes and applies the basic techniques of oil painting. Topics include: tools and materials, black/white values, color mixing and color theory, aerial/linear perspective, and subject matter including landscape, seascape, still life, portraiture and abstraction. Beginning and more advanced students are welcome. May include field trip sites for landscape painting experiences.

Painting Landscapes as Still-lifes: Elements in Plein Air -
Move away from realism and start painting landscapes as still-lifes. As you explore the elements involved in plein air painting, you'll develop fundamental skills in drawing and painting specific subjects in nature. Learn to mindfully interpret subjects with a stylized approach, and improve your ability to capture more eloquently the elements of the landscape - atmospheric conditions, clouds, rain affect, trees, rocks, mountains, wind and waves. Come away with enhanced skills and a new approach to landscape painting.

The Perfect Spot: Plein Air Painting for the Hearty and Adventurous -
Pack your paints and put on your hiking boots. Getting to the views that we will paint in this class is going to take a little work. The very special locations we will visit are only accessible by hiking/horseback riding trails. It is worth the effort, and you will see new vistas that will inspire you to paint your best work. Each class is a one of a kind experience that will challenge you physically as well as creatively. Guided on the trail and on the canvas by a teaching master artist, you will see and capture the Santa Barbara landscape in a way you have never done before.