Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Bulgarian Exchange!

When hosting a student-dentist from Bulgaria, it is essential to immediately get her into Jamie Harmon's Amurica photo booth before she even sees the floor of the dental clinic.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Make a Game

I think the first and most important thing about learning something new is to make it fun. I used to teach this concept as my first assignment in the freshman foundations of art classes at the University of Memphis. The assignment was to pick a problem you want to solve, and then make a game that deals with the problem. I saw a lot of really creative games in the few years that I taught the class and I wish I had time to live up to those standards, but right now the problem I'm trying to solve is to learn Biochemistry and Histology and mastering that material doesn't leave a lot of time for good handwork. So I've been compromising by making crossword puzzles and word searches. They are by no means gorgeous, but they get the job done. Here's a link to the one I made from last week's notes:

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Another MFA in Anatomy Lab!

Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy LabBody of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab by Christine Montross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think anyone who is considering an application to med school should read this book twice. Being informed about how anatomy lab works and how it affects a student's life is extremely helpful. The historical background on anatomical dissection and on how medical students have approached the human body in different parts of the world is eye-opening and effective. This is an extremely useful, honest, and practical book and was especially effective for me as I can easily empathize with and understand the perspective of an MFA turned medical provider.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015


Botanic Gardens Show Here's a link to a nicely written blog post about my upcoming show at the Botanic Gardens

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Summer 2014 Update

This week I turned 32. I saw two rainbows on two separate afternoons while walking my dog. I saw my name in "the paper" a few times for You can see my name in "the paper" too here in the Commercial Appeal and here in the Flyer. I saw my paintings hanging at Rozelle Warehouse in a show called Unchained II. It was a pretty great display of the power and pleasure of connecting people through art. As if all that art business wasn't enough attention, I had my first ukulele recital with Misti Rae Holton last Wednesday. Ukulele is a really great instrument for socialization and I might even play for people again someday. Probably not the day before I start a new job though--speaking of which . . . Last week I started working as a scholar (which is like a paid intern/dental assistant) at the Church Health Center and on Friday I got to help a little with a dental procedure in the service of a local artist whose work I have always admired. It is really rewarding to see physical evidence that the work I have chosen to do is helping the creative community in a really concrete and personal way. For example, I saw the small but painful problem this artist had been having with two molars and in about an hour I saw the problem resolved through the talents of a great dentist, a very competent and kind assistant, and a few delicately sterilized tools. As we were filling out paperwork, the artist, who didn't know my background, told me that she always thought that dentists were artists too and she told me about how glad she was that the Church Health Center provides dental care to the creative community. I think I may have burst into a glowing explosion of stardust a little at that point because I felt like she had just spoken some magic words that hit me at my core. I can't wait until she comes in for her next appointment. Actually I'm pretty happy to meet all of the patients that come in, so maybe I should say that I can't wait until Monday to see who I will meet and how I can help. I've made a lot of new friends lately and I've been catching up with some great people I haven't seen in years. I am really happy about it--although the pace has been exhausting within the last fortnight. I can't wait to share more of the paintings that I am making in response to these transformative experiences. If you are a new friend or an old buddy and you would like to share a really laid-back studio visit to see some paintings, email me at Just be aware that when I say studio visit, I mean that I will probably feed you popcorn and dump paintings all over my dining room table instead of taking you into a room with pristine white walls and gleaming concrete floors. If you want to buy a painting, or commission a small watercolor, just ask. I promise not to talk about teeth, but I'm probably going to show you some smiles:)