"Morph"    22" x 30"  Graphite on Paper

            Indiana University, Indianapolis 
            Herron School of Art and Design
            Bachelor of Fine Arts
            Concentration: Painting
            Minor: Art History 


"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."
-Tim Notke

"Nothing worth achieving comes easy."
-Theodore Roosevelt 

"There is no substitute for experience. Art and design require mastery of many skills, investigation of many emotions, and exploration of many ideas. There are no shortcuts. Persistence is much more than talent. No matter how much talent you have, nothing will happen without a sincere and sustained commitment to your work."
- Rick Paul, Internationally renowned sculptor

"Skills are very important, but nowhere near enough to make art. Definitely acquire the skills through whatever practice and education you choose and embrace it with discipline and have no attachment to success. Work as hard as you can. Don't ever compare yourself to others. Learn how to work on your work. The more you paint or sculpt or draw the more you will know what to do and the more you will develop your voice. Stay true to your work. Don't try to make art about things you don't know about, care about, or understand. Make art that you care about, because you believe it should exist."
-Alyssa Monks, Realism Painter

"He who says he can and he who says he can't are both usually right."

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