Since many people find the acquisition of traditional drawing and compositional skills intimidating or even threatening, I use the construct of Marking & Mapping™ to rekindle the pleasure we all remember from early years. It doesn’t take us long to discover that we are already fluent in a latent, highly personal yet universally understood mark-making vocabulary that delights and unites us all. Everyone can easily engage in this kind of data visualization for communication and pleasure.
Having spent most of my career “making my mark” on students of all ages, primarily by training artist-teachers, my written work uses marking and mapping for creating and critically responding to works of art through a balanced Form+Theme+Context (FTC) approach. My FTC Palettes–visual charts that help the user encode and/or decode works of art assist viewers in navigating the artistic process and product. Believing in the power of art to facilitate human interaction and transformation, I teach Marking & Mapping™ workshops intended to foster insight and vision for individuals within organizations, health spas, businesses, and museum-based learning programs such as NAEA SummerVision DC.