When I went to VCU I was told multiple times how lucky I was to have attended Deep Run High School and had Mike Guyer as a teacher. I was lucky because Guyer prepared me for VCUart school with his passion for proving to his students that ALL art matters and should be approached with an open mind. I have to admit that a few of his lessons really didn't sink in for me until I was in college. I remember him fiercely defending Abstract art, telling me that one day I would change my mind about it (At the time I was obsessed with realism, specifically with making love-y dove-y portraits of my family members...). As you know, my mind changed quite dramatically :)
So fast forward to about a month ago when I received a message from Guyer asking if I would consider donating one of my paintings to the DRHSART permanent collection. I thought it appropriate to bring one of my abstract pieces ;)
So there it is - hanging in the hall of my old high school, "Fluidity" a 48 x 60" painting from my "Fire + Ice" series (read about here , here & here). A painting that was created over the course of about six months, layered with words and lyrics expressing the fire-y feelings involved in a panic attack then my attempts to cover them up with distractions in the form of bright colors, bubbles and fingerprints. If it makes one anxious student stop and feel relief for just one second of their day - that would be pretty cool.
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If I'm not mistaken, I think this week is teacher appreciation week - so I feel it is extra appropriate to thank Mike Guyer for being the teacher who taught me the most.
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