Over 15 years experience as a college instructor of Digital Design, Mass Communications and Art History. I started as a Graphic Designer in the early 80s straight out of college and then switched to education after obtaining a masters in Art Education and then grabbed more graduate hours in art history and then graduate hours in digital design and then more graduate hours ....
I started my career in the graphic design industry, working full time at several corporate art departments as a graphic designer. When the digital revolution hit, I went back to school and retrained the most popular digital design programs. (Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Quark, etc) I spent a few years using these tools in the industry but then decided to return to school for a M.Ed. (There were very few MFA's offered in Houston.) After completing my masters, I found a job at a small college for technology teaching Art History to Drafting and Design majors. They specifically asked me to show the relevance of Art History to their fields of study. This was quite a challenge at first, yet it worked for me and I've kept that philosophy ever since. I continue to study Art History and Design courses at several schools. I have several transcripts from different schools. Staying in touch with the field has kept my Art History and Design courses, fresh and relevant. I believe in teaching skills that will get my students employed in the various fields of art. Thinking art is an impractical degree is nonsense! If a student wants to be an artist he or she can be one but it takes discipline, excellent training and perseverance. This is why we see so many articles discouraging students from entering the field. I tell my students, "It's true; if your are looking for an easy job with quick rewards, stay away from the arts. If, on the other hand, you have a passion for art and cannot see yourself doing anything else, then I am there to see that you succeed."
Numerous awards in painting, photography and design. awards through employment and education for many years.
M. Ed - Art Education from University of Houston 18+ hours towards MLA in Art History 18+ hours towards MFA in Digital Design
I've been an artist for over 40 years. I have taught Art, Design and Art History for the last 15 years at the college level. I have also taught art in special education.