teaching work

“I touch the future… I teach.”

Christa McAuliffe

The best subjects are the ones in which I have a personal investment. I delight in nature and in the work required in illustrating that world, the work of botanical drawing and illustration.

Teaching a subject I love is the “best of all possible worlds.”*

This is also a constant journey of discovery for me—how do I best unlock the subject or skill for this student? How do I motivate this student? How do I acknowledge and cheer this student on? I must know my student’s needs as a learner and I must also have a comprehensive understanding of the subject I’m teaching.

I have always thought that successful teachers were lesser gods. They create new knowledge and skills in their students.

The only relevant measure is the learner’s success, success both in their new abilities and in their growing confidence.

My job as a teacher is to lead, encourage, and guide the student on their road to success.

*Candide by Voltaire

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selected exhibitions
4/28 – 6/3/2012 Selected Paintings & Drawings by Botanical Illustration Instructors & Students, LGBG, Richmond, VA

7/3 – 7/30/2011 “In Praise of Nature”, invitational exhibition, Asbury United Methodist Church, Harrisonburg, VA

2/26 – 3/21/2010 One person show, “Baker’s Dozen,” Helena Davis Gallery/Artspace, Richmond, VA

Nov/Dec 2009 “ThinkSmall 5” International Invitational Exhibition, art6 and Artspace, Richmond, VA

Jan/Mar 2008 Solo exhibition of landscape paintings, VA Senate OB, General Assembly Building, Richmond, VA

Nov/Dec 2007 “ThinkSmall 4” International Invitational Exhibition, art6 and Artspace, Richmond, VA

Oct/Nov 2007 Invitational Exhibit, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, VA

Nov/Dec 2005 “ThinkSmall 3” International Invitational Exhibition, art6 and Artspace, Richmond, VA

September 2004 Member Exhibition, art6, Richmond, VA

August 2004 “The Art of Seeing – Botanical Works by Regional Artists”, Invitational Exhibition, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

July 2002 Hampton Bay Days 20th Annual Juried Art Show, the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA

Juror: James Gadson Award: Hampton Arts Commission Special Purchase Award

March 1998 Award: Excellence in Art, Women’s Caucus for Art

July 1994 “Crucifixion of the Feminine” Invitational Exhibit, Martha Mabey Gallery, Richmond, VA

September 1993 “Border Beings, A Gatherings of Angels” Invitational Exhibit, Martha Mabey Gallery, Richmond, VA

1990-1991 “Bright Visions: The Making of Myth”, Rahr-West Art Mus, Manitowoc, WI Jurors: Ruth D. Kohler, Bev Harrington, Margaret F. Rahill

1980 – 1990 Multiple exhibitions in VA.

selected private collections
McSweeney, Burtch and Crump, P.C., Richmond, VA

City of Hampton, VA

Luciano Nonella, Kilchberg, Switzerland

Pat and Rita McLoughlin, Dungarvan, County Cork, Ireland

Jacqueline and Kieran McLoughlin, Paris, France

Melvin and Mildred Spicer, Charlottesville, VA
Joan Lee Carmody, Wilmington,DE
Hirschler Fleischer, Richmond VA
Marilyn and Don Martin, Richmond, VA
Milton and Bridgitte Goodwin, Tulsa, Ok


2014 – Present articles in BASNCR newsletters and ASBA journals

2011 – 2018 Reviews of children’s and YA books published for CLCD (Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database).

2016 River City Secrets: Stories from Richmond, published by Chop Suey Books, (Buys et al. 33-42, 168 – 179)

2010 OLAF’S DOOR, a narrated picture book, e-published by FrogDog Media/Zuuka

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, VA Certificate in Botanical Illustration, May 2010

VCU, Richmond, VA, Certificate in Information Systems, August 1987 Honors: DPMA Scholarship, January 1987

University of VA, Charlottesville, VA, M.Ed., August 1976

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, B.A. French, August 1969 Honors: Dean’s List

American University in Paris, Paris, France, 1/66 – 6/67

2011 – Present Instructor, botanical painting, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, VA.

2009 – 2015 Narrator, audio books.

11/05-1/2018 Reviewer, Children and YA Books, Children’s Literature.

7/01 – 6/02 Consultant, Adoptive Family Preservation Initiative, RRP/VDD, VCU, Richmond, VA

2/00 – 5/00 ESL Instructor, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Corporate Program, Richmond, VA

10/97 – 5/00 Assistant teacher and art teacher at the Tuckahoe Montessori School, Richmond, VA

5/81 – 1/92 Programmer/Systems Analyst, Information Systems, State Government, and private industry.

9/71 – 5/81 Counselor, State Government and private, non-profit rehabilitation agencies in Virginia

“Even after an artist develops basic competencies, the successful ones wake up each day eager to learn.”

-hazel buys

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