Art

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Meet the Faculty & Staff

Ken Alexander

 

 

ken alexander

Ken Alexander

Who art thou?
I am a student, a learner, an artist and a scholar. 

Spirit Color:
A gradation of red to orange to yellow to white. 

Ice Cream:
Chocolate and Peanut Butter!

When Not at LMC, what do you do?
I cycle, walk, read, watch movies and do all the work I cannot do AT LMC! 

Art Weapon of Choice?
A short-handled #00 sable watercolor brush.

Secret Weapon:
Irony

Art Super Power:
To know the point of diminishing returns.

Philosophy:
"The more you know, the more you know."

 Most Recent Accomplishment:
I read my 500th book, since my record keeping began in 2003. (That's 31 books a year for the math-challenged.)

Best Art Disaster:
Cut the tip of my thumb off with an X-Acto knife, but was able to reattach it

Curtis Corlew

 

curtis with hat

Curtis Corlew

Who art thou?
I'm a good tennis player for being a photographer, a good cyclist for being a journalist, and very computer savvy for being an artist.

Spirit Color:
Purple with Sparkles 

Ice Cream:
French Vanilla. If vanilla were more dangerous to get, or more rare, it would be recognized as the stunning flavor it is, and not be a euphemism for bland.

When Not at LMC, what do you do?
Ride my bike to LMC.

Secret Weapon:
Wax-based chain lube and Arabian Mocha Sunani. Separately, not mixed.

Art Super Power:
Punctuality.

Philosophy:
It's not how well the bear dances, but that the bear dances at all.

Most Recent Accomplishment:
Three dimensional kinetic photo sculpture.

Best Art Disaster:
Cyanotypes. Too many variables

Lucy Snow

 

 

Lucy Snow

Who art thou?
I think, therefore I art.

Spirit Color:
GREEN

Ice Cream:
Pistachio

When Not at LMC, what do you do?
Homework! Sculpt, garden, hike, play music. 

Art Weapon of Choice?
Fettling Knife

Secret Weapon:
Porcelain Paper Clay

Art Super Power:
Salt Firing

Philosophy:
Woulda Coulda Shoulda

Most Recent Accomplishment:
Took two art classes during sabbatical.

Best Art Disaster:
Don't put plaster down the sink! Ever!

Eric Sanchez

 

 

Eric with roller

Eric Sanchez

Who art thou?
I doth maketh art.

Spirit Color:
Rainbow Sherbert

Ice Cream:
Chocolate, cold and/or frozen

When Not at LMC, what do you do?
I explore places I have not been to, sometimes neighborhoods, parks, and find places to walk our dogs.

Art Weapon of Choice?
Break-a-way blade; paper doesn't stand a chance! 

Secret Weapon:
I can make mock ups and actually create art that looks like them on site. Using photos, the Adobe Suite, and some design sketching techniques, a digital mock up is born.

Art Super Power:
Creative problem solver, there is always an answer; however, sometimes the answer is less intriguing than the path to get there.

Philosophy:
Make art, challenge yourself and make the mundane magical.

Most Recent Accomplishment:
I am working with a laser cutter and its application to art and printmaking. pew. pew.

Best Art Disaster:
I once did a commission where the ladder came loose on a stairwell. I fell and with paint can in hand, bouncing the contents of a quart of paint onto the client's rug. A complete disaster, we rushed to clean the rug, and within 2 hours, there were no remains...phew. One of the client's workers came in a half hour after the cleanup and did not notice a thing

 

 

Ian Bassett

Who art thou?
Educator, Potter, Sculptor, Maker 

Spirit Color:
Green

Ice Cream:
Chubby Hubby

When Not at LMC, what do you do?
Cycling, running, or in the studio.

Art Weapon of Choice?
Clay

Secret Weapon:
Bronze casting

Art Super Power:
Making things, then doing nothing with them.

Philosophy:
Never give up!

Most Recent Accomplishment:
Went surfing for the first time, now I foresee a new addicting hobby.

Best Art Disaster:
Eh, All my disasters were the best!

Ty

 

 

 

Ty Carriere

Who art thou?
Geek, Artist, Dad, Trekkie, Superman Fan and gamer who worked for NASA, Intel, Sega and was in charge of a Game Art and Design program.

Spirit Color:
According to a test, I'm purple.

Ice Cream:
Strawberry and French Vanilla 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?
Hangout with my daughter watching movies, playing games, or driving with the top down, weather permitting.

Art Weapon of Choice?
Maya, Mudbox or my airbrush

Secret Weapon:
Can't tell ya, it's a secret.

Art Super Power:
Can 3D Model super fast.

Philosophy:
You can't control what cards you're dealt in life, but you can always control how you play them and still win.

Most Recent Accomplishment:
Got my Black Belt after many years of training.

Best Art Disaster:
An air brush portrait that was almost done got a drop of water on it when I was transporting it and pulled the ink across the face.

Donna

Donna Fenstermaker

Who art thou?
Artist 

Spirit Color:
Red

Ice Cream:
Darjeeling tea and sour cherry

When Not at LMC, what do you do?
Work, paint, garden, answer my cat's demands.

Art Weapon of Choice?
Brush

Secret Weapon:
Humor

Art Super Power:
Being Alive

Philosophy:
Anyone can make art, as it satisfies the beast within, and it is a journey not a product.

Most Recent Accomplishment:
Moving to larger-scale watercolors

Best Art Disaster:
A larger scale watercolor

Nick Nabas

Nick Nabas

Who art thou?
Meh 

Spirit Color:
Blue 

Ice Cream:
Peppermint 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?
Grade papers...and hone my guitar knowledge. 

Art Weapon of Choice?
Um...rasp? 

Secret Weapon:
Humor (specifically, blatant punnery). 

Art Super Power:
Reverse-engineering art's context.

Philosophy:
"The wise man knows that he knows nothing." - Socrates

Most Recent Accomplishment:
Landing this teaching gig at LMC! 

Best Art Disaster:
Playing it safe.

rebecca talley

 

Rebecca Talley

Who art thou?:
An artist, designer, teacher... student of life. 

Spirit Color:
Green & Blue... peace, harmony, balance, communication.

Ice Cream:
CHOCOLATE... also my favorite food group..

When Not at LMC, what do you do?
Assist others... on the journey.

Art Weapon of Choice?
MAC... the possibilities are endless.

Secret Weapon:
Music... it's the rhythm of life.

Art Super Power:
Fine Arts & Graphic Arts... creating in  worlds. 

Philosophy:
Accidents... an opportunity to embrace the unexpected.

Most Recent Accomplishment:
Students... discovering their talents.

Best Art Disaster:
Pottery Wheel... it looked so easy!

jaime tamrakar

 

 

jaime silly

Jaime Y. Tamrakar

Who art thou?
I am a brilliantly flashing light, billions of times per second, creating the three-dimensional image of me.
 
Spirit Color:
Mysterious Gray

Ice Cream:
Vanilla forever! (And ever, and ever)

When Not at LMC, what do you do?
Running after a toddler. But only madmen see the world as it really is. I would prefer that you, Gentle Reader, would imagine me sitting in front of a sunlit window, my arm brushing against the tapestry of an elegant pillow. I would be drinking a cup of coffee from my favorite mug and absorbed in a book of Billy Collins poetry.  I smile as the page finishes on a poignant note and gaze outside upon the leapingly-green spirits of trees and, beyond them, the blue dream of sky.

Art Weapon of Choice?
Is a Camera a weapon?
 
Secret Weapon:
Bowling Ball, or knitting needles.

Art Super Power:
Fold a reflector in a single twist.

Philosophy:

"If you love a flower that lives on a star, then it is sweet to look at the stars at night; all the stars are abloom with flowers."

Most Recent Accomplishment:

Graduating with my MFA.

Best Art Disaster:
The time I accidentally left my ISO at 3200 in bright sunlight whist visiting a world-famous temple in Nepal. Almost all the shots were ruined.

There was also this time I sat on a tray of paints...and thus ended my brilliant career as a painter.

John Schall 

Graphic Design
(925) 473-7324
jschall@losmedanos.edu

 John Schall

Who art thou? 
I am a graphic designer, photographer, educator, explorer and student.

Spirit Color: 
PMS 877

Ice Cream: 
Pistachio gelato in Italy

When Not at LMC, what do you do? 
Run, design, travel, repeat. 

Art Weapon of Choice? 
Adobe.

Secret Weapon: 
Making good design choices

Art Super Power: 
Collaborative problem solving

Philosophy: 
When you are having fun, you do your best work.

Most Recent Accomplishment: 
I have recently taken up printmaking to be able to get away from the computer and work with my hands.

Best Art Disaster: 
My only attempt at making beer (beer is art, right?). Ended up as a moldy, chunky stew. I haven’t been brave enough to try again.