Hi, I’m Anne and I am an introvert (Hi, Anne!). There, I said it. Being introverted does not mean I’m shy. It means that first thing in the morning, I have trouble dealing with anyone other than my cats. It also means small talk at parties is not my forte. I find solitude to be rejuvenating, and I need a lot of it to replenish my energy.
It seems ironic, then, that I teach painting workshops, i.e. stand in front of groups of people several times a month professing what I know about painting. If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would ever teach I might have giggled (nervously) and passed it off. I am pleasantly surprised that the very thing I was most frightened of, speaking in front of groups, is what has been a huge part of unlocking my artistic voice and has fortified my confidence as a painter. Explaining my methods out loud and to others is certainly a good way to hone my skills and remain completely authentic in the process.
Aside from what I have learned about myself through teaching, it is ultimately the connection to other art spirits that this introvert considers the greatest gift. I relish the opportunity to share what is in my heart and head with artists and art lovers alike and look forward to remaining on the path of both teacher and student.
Initially the painter must reveal the world to himself and then communicate that understanding to others.-Ken Howard