As a student, I always struggled with the fast-paced demands and expectations of the education system. I always felt that there was something everyone just understood; I, simply, did not. As I progressed in school, the issues changed and evolved. And I firmly believe the frustration I experienced through the majority of my public education career all stemmed from not knowing how I learned, processed, and responded with information.
Eunoia is an artistic representation of my personal, therapeutic process. This consists of utilizing tape and acrylic paints and mediums to create the shapes and lines in my compositions. Even though this process was developed years after I began practicing art, those years were extremely vital to its development. They taught me not only the necessities of thinking and seeing like an artist, but also encouraged me to recognize how I process and cope with subjects beyond art.
As an art teacher, I want students to utilize creativity as a tool to explore and understand themselves in the world through a healthy practice. Through choice, art can show the value of taking risks, learning from failure, and having the confidence to try again. Eventually my students will grow to know that the process of expressing is a way of gaining personal awareness.