“There is a Being that is best, and greatest, and highest of all existing beings” Anselm of Canterbury, Monologium
I see many parallels between the lives of trees and the lives of mankind. How it came to be, the life it has lived, and what has gone on around it are all parts of its history. Its history and my own have collided in some way.
For many years I may pass by this tree. Looking at is leaves, branches, and trunk. I take notice of any interaction with its surroundings. Was it struck by lightning or attacked by insects? Has someone driven nails in the tree to hang a sign or clothes line? The tree may have grown around a fence or fence post or stretched out across a river bank.
I love the story the tree has to tell. Trees catalog their life annually just like humans. The alternating rings of soft and dense wood correspond to the changing of the seasons. Much can be learned from “reading” the rings of a tree, whether it endured a dry season or if there was a forest fire.
Just like myself, there are many events hidden deep inside a rough outside. Being very well acquainted with all creation, God sees not only what we are at present, but also holds in view what we are to become inside and out.
My artistic vocation is a choice and a heartfelt calling. Throughout my education and career, it has been inextricably woven with my academic and professional development. As I enjoy my fourteenth year as an art teacher, I am at an exciting juncture of experience and opportunity. As a teacher, I enjoy particularly rich and diverse instructional experiences with my students. My passions have led me to teach drawing, painting, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry, as well as Advanced Placement Studio Art and Art History. I have found that teaching itself becomes a powerful engine for learning, and so through the years I have been both teacher and learner in my classroom. I celebrate with my students as they learn how to see beyond the surface, how to express the inexpressible. At the same time I learn and grow as an artist with them. As Aristotle said, “What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.”