(Please forgive me for being long-winded, but this is one post where I can’t be brief!) TL;DR, I am very grateful to all my teachers, they changed my life and I can’t thank them enough.
I’ve been thinking about writing this post for some time now, probably at least a year. Now it’s a lazy Saturday and I guess it’s time!
I think most artists, whether we are formally trained or not, are inevitably influenced by other artists, either through direct instruction, or books, or some other means. I don’t think any artist lives in a vacuum, where they never are impacted by the creative works of those around them, or from artists in the past. I don’t believe such a thing is possible.
In my case, I’ve had many influences, and most notably have been my teachers. They’ve come from different sources—art school, community college, workshop, private lessons… all were vitally important. And all have my eternal gratitude.
I thought I’d mention several of them here. There are some who have made a tremendous difference in my life, and others who were important and memorable. I wouldn’t say that the teachers who were the most profound to me, were “better” teachers—it’s just that sometimes someone comes along at the right time, and gives you something when you need it most. So, to you, what they did was immensely profound.
So, here’s my list of thanks to a few of these teachers, going back from the start.
Shirlee Prescott Morgan
(Known as simply “Shirlee” to me!)
Shirlee Prescott Morgan, my first art teacher.
I started getting serious about art when I was about 13 years old. I drew, mostly, and struggled with painting and color.