Honoria Starbuck, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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