Tuesday, January 28, 2020

2019 Penns Grove FFA Calendar Donation

This week I met with the Penns Grove High School FFA Officers to make the donation from the 2020 Salem County Farmlands Calendar. This year’s donation totaled to $735, the largest one to date! 
In total, I have donated $2,000.00 to all 3 Salem County FFA Chapters! Thank you so much to my customers for supporting not only me but the students who are learning to become active participants in our agricultural community. It’s such an honor to have my artwork help so many young people across our county.

Here I am pictured with President, Teagan Rudderow.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

New Drawing: Sickler's Circle View Farm

Here’s a quick drawing I created of one of Sickler's Circle View Farm 🐄 If you’re looking for locally grown beef and pork, be sure to check them out. They sell their meat directly from the farm 🥩🥓

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Meeting Tedd Arnold

Throwback to the time I met Tedd Arnold! When I was a public school art teacher, the district elementary librarians organized an “Author Day” where a contemporary author/illustrator would visit the schools. I created a lesson that was used to introduce third grade students to that year’s special visiting artist and author, Tedd Arnold.
In preparation for his visit, students created a diptych inspired by his book “Shoo Fly Guy!” As a class we analyzed Arnold’s artistic style and his use of calligraphic line (scribble that resembles letter forms usually associated with cursive). Students then utilized line, color, and calligraphic line to create a diptych (two pictures, viewed together) of two different view points of food, inspired by Tedd Arnold’s style. 🖋 Students also chose adjectives to describe their food illustrations.
One of the most amazing moments in my public school teaching career happened during the third grade assemble with Mr. Arnold. He was discussing his style while doing a drawing demonstration. He called the lines inside of his drawings, scribbles. A student raised their hand and shared about the art project we made and that they were called calligraphic lines. He was surprised and impressed and asked who had taught them that. EVERY single third grader turned around and pointed at ME! I was so proud that they shared what they learned and were able to tell him in person! 

Tedd Arnold and I

Student artwork example

Excerpt from “Shoo Fly Guy!” By Tedd Arnold

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2019 in Review

Happy New Year! I wanted to reflect on 2019. This past year was not as productive as I had hoped to be with a lot of changes in my personal life with moving and my daughter starting school. However, I was able to still accomplish a lot! Below is a list of my accomplishments from this year and the paintings that I made.

Looking Back on 2019

Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker at the Salem County Art League Meeting 6/24/19
  • Featured on Comcast Newsmakers - March 2019
  • Keynote Speaker for the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards: South Jersey Region - March 2019

  • Raised $720 for the Penns Grove FFA Program with the Salem County Farmlands Calendar

  • Procastinator's Paradise, Pennsville, NJ - December 2019
  • Third Annual Holiday Open House - December 2019
  • 101st New Jersey Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Princeton, NJ November 18, 2019
  • Meet the Artist at Pine Tavern Distillery, November 17, 2019
  • Pitman Art Stroll, Pitman Gallery and Art Center - September 2019
  • Salem County Arts in Bloom Studio Tour, Exhibiting Artist - May 2019