If I could go back in time to when I was an undergraduate, I would kick myself for not taking Laurin Notheisen for painting. I avoided taking her for most classes, because she had a reputation of being hard. But I had to take her for printmaking and I came to understand why people felt she was hard, because she was driven. Driven to see everyone do better and create better works. She sometimes seemed harsh, but I really think it was bent towards tough love and not to discourage students. I really think I could have gained a lot of skills from her. I now see that I am lacking in some techniques. I know that I am lacking because my current painting professor pointed it out in so many words. After that critique, I feel great. He hit me hard and when I brought the painting in, I knew it wasn't very good. But he made sure I would never bring in a work that I don't feel confident about. That is OK by me. That is why I took him. I knew he would make me rise to the challenge or just get out of the program.
There have been some key moments in my history that have made me say, YOU’RE WRONG, I will do it. 1. A high school teacher told me that I would not make it through college. 2. And sculpture teacher told me that I was not making college level work 3. And now I have, this is a first year undergraduate painting. I have over come the first two and now it is time to overcome this new challenge.