As an artist, I realize that everyone makes a mark that is unique. In the beginning stages of artistic development it is important to allow the students to make their own decisions and develop their own mark-making signatures, but it is up to me as an educator to act as their guide. As a teacher, I observe the students’ natural tendencies and analyze their strengths and weaknesses. I provide the basics of a discipline and introduce various media, materials, and processes while emphasizing the importance of relentless repetition and practice, which is necessary for improvement. Through my own practices as an artist, I have realized as the skill is developed, so is the confidence, and self-confidence cultivates inspiration. Although I give various forms of instruction - which include reading assignments, demonstrations, and lectures - it is ultimately up to the students to be critical of themselves during their educational and artistic pursuits. As an instructor, I provide what is needed for the search but encourage students to make their own discoveries and artistic revelations.