Hello, everyone. Judi has asked me to be her “expert” on painting so I thought you might like to know a little about who I am and what I do. I have been painting for a little over ten years and teaching for about six. The letters “TDA” behind my name stand for Teacher of Decorative Art. It is a designation granted by the Society of Decorative Painters to members who have participated in the Society’s teacher education program. To earn your TDA, you must first take and pass a written test. Then you must document 100 hours of teaching with classes of at least four students. Finally, you must submit a video tape of a class with all the supporting documentation—lesson plans, pattern packet, supply lists, etc. The tape is evaluated and if you pass the evaluation, you can call yourself a TDA.
I work and teach in watercolor and Genesis Heat-Set Oils as well as acrylics. My watercolor and Genesis work is primarily “wall art”, that is, framed work. My acrylic work is decorative painting. I define decorative painting as painting in acrylics on “stuff”. “Stuff” can include wood, masonite, MDF, glass, bisqueware, CDs, fabric, leather, walls—if it doesn’t move, you can probably paint on it! On some of these surfaces I use special paints like enamels for glass, fabric paints, or metal paints.
It will be my privilege to answer your questions about painting. If I don’t know the answer, I will do my best to find the answer—I have lots of resources! Check out my latest work!