This collection of portraits of my students is called my Simultaneous Worlds series. It is the product of the stress, passion, humor, fear and regrets associated with my role as an educator in the public educational system. In these paintings, I am examining the many dualities present in the everyday life as a teacher, but more specifically, in my relationships with my students. The work comes to life as the chaotic nature of a classroom full of teenagers collides with my gut instinct to bring order to any situation. A student’s engagement and disengagement can easily be interpreted in the facial response. As the intricacies of the expressions play back in my mind, I am inspired to create a simultaneous and balanced painting to transform, reflect, and reason with the experiences.
"Feel the Energy" is an Original Oil Painting (size 12 in x 36 in) and has been sold. It is currently only available as a Digital Print.