Wednesday, January 18, 2012


During his last two years teaching at UMass Amherst, I worked in Richard Yarde's classroom as his teaching assistant. Administrators were grateful that instead of teaching my own class, I was willing to take on this seemingly lesser role. What they saw as a concession, I saw as an incredible opportunity. In Richard's classroom I learned from a master watercolorist and a compassionate and thorough teacher. My artwork, my teaching career, my future students, and myself, are all in debt to the teaching of Richard Yarde. He was an amazing man.

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