Featured Artist: Bradley Cummins
The current Featured Artist on Good Day Lubbock is Bradley Cummins. His piece, "Poppin' Bottles" will be on display for the next couple weeks on the set.
From the artist:
I am a recent graduate of Lubbock Christian University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Art Education. I am what you would call a non-traditional student - having gone back to school in my mid-40s to earn my degree. My past careers were in Culinary Arts and business management and both left me feeling unfulfilled. Having wanted to teach art since my high school days in the late 80's and with my wife's support, I enrolled at LCU.
My time as a student there were the best four years of my life. LCU offered me the chance to travel to Florence, Italy in 2013 to see Renaissance art in-person from the greats of the era. Our art class also went to Santa Fe and Marfa to experience modern art from Donald Judd and Georgia O'Keefe, to name a few.
In mid June, I received a call from Lorenzo ISD to interview and was hired within days to teach both Fine Art and US History. If you know anything about Lorenzo, it is a tiny, rural school system with around 200 students total. Lorenzo jumped at the chance to introduce Fine Art in their schools and thought I was a perfect match. I am currently the art teacher for their secondary school, teaching one middle school class and two high school classes along with three US History classes. It has been a true joy to bring the arts to these kids, finding out within days that the students were starved for a creative outlet. My art classes are some of the most popular, filling the seats in almost every class. I hope to bring at least three students to VASE at Frenship HS this spring.
I am not a studio artist and have no web-site to share. Much of my current work is currently being shown at Legacy House downtown thanks to Emily Sharpe, the director of their gallery. Legacy House is a stop for the free shuttle for our wonderful first Friday art trail and their are five of my pieces hanging around the gallery.
The painting I am sharing on "Good Day Lubbock" is called 'Poppin' Bottles'. It is an oil painting on Belgian linen. My paintings are created 100 percent from scratch from conception to completion. I build the frames, stretch the canvas myself instead of buying pre-made canvases. Poppin' Bottles started as an assignment for LCU which led to me creating a still-life, photographing it many times over and finally creating a working color sketch. From there, I was able to up-size it onto canvas where I spent about a month working on the painting itself. My recent works have been mostly in oils but I paint in both acrylic and water-color as well as work in ceramics and stone carving.
Teaching art is a blessing. I get students who are excited to attend class every day at Lorenzo and are thrilled to get the chance to shine. I have seen students make incredible strides in just a few months and am looking forward to keeping the program alive in the future. Thank you for giving me the chance to show my work with your audience.
I can be contacted at my school email at Bradley,Cummins@lorenzoisd.net