Honoria Starbuck, Ph.D.
Teaching Artist

Visual communication and creative thinking are my strengths. My inspiration flows from the history of art beginning with prehistoric cave paintings. Using art history as a starting point, I explore color, shape, narrative, and the infinite ways in which art materials can interact.

Visual Communication
Internationally, I contribute paintings and collages to a variety of Mail Art exhibitions.  Mail art has been a dynamic movement for 60 years, and I have been in the global Mail Art Network since 1989. As a mail artist, my work has been shown in art festivals, Mail Art congresses, museums, galleries, restaurants, and private settings around the world.

Locally, I enjoy guiding student to effective visual communication at the Art Institute of Austin where I have been teaching for 6 years.

Creative Thinking
My subjects range from observed nature, abstract forms, fashion, and art history. My process creatively engages chance and unexpected connections based on art historical contexts, contemporary experiences, and the manipulation of a variety of materials. This combination formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition. My works are 5 x 7 inch postcard-sized gestural painting, often including finger-painting, in watercolor, pen & ink, pastel, collage, graphite, and acrylics. I also use digital drawing tools such as Paper53 and am an active member of the Paper53 MIX community of artists and designers.

In summary, I explore and share creative visions with my students, within the Mail Art network, on the web through this website, Facebook, Flickr, Paper53 Mix, and Twitter and my 15-year blog at honoriartist.livejournal.com.


Professor, Art Institute of Austin in the Foundations Department teaching life drawing, anatomy, observational drawing, fashion drawing, and design fundamentals.

South by Southwest Interactive Programming Committee 2013 – 2016 

South by Southwest Education Advisory Board 2013 – 2016


The University of Texas at Austin

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Communications, and Fine Art
– Dissertation Research on the Mail Art Network

Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology
– Created First Cyberspace Opera

BA in Fine Arts


Email: honoria.starbuck@gmail.com
Blog — honoriartist.livejournal.com
Opera — cyberopera.net
Research — Clashing and Converging: Effects of the Internet on the Correspondence Art Network

Website by Marty Spellerberg
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