LaMoin Garrard was raised in Paradise, California and now resides in Glendora with his wife and three children. He graduated as a studio art major from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Following undergrad, LaMoin attended graduate school for education at Azusa Pacific University.
Upon completion of graduate school, he began his teaching career – one that has now spanned over 15 years. He is an award winning inner-city visual arts teacher, having formed an excellent middle school arts program in one of L.A.’s toughest and most poverty stricken neighborhoods – Pico Union – near downtown. He was recognized and honored by the LA Unified School Board and Neutrogena Corporation for "excellence in arts education." Because of his passion and commitment to arts education he was promoted to an Arts Advisor position for the District and is now serving in his second year as a painting and drawing instructor at the new and innovative Central Los Angeles High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Art in downtown LA.
Since his exposure, in both high school and college, to the transformative power of the arts, LaMoin was determined to dedicate the early part of his career to teaching and inspiring inner-city children. "People have special gifts, such as artists; and they have a responsibility to give back to the world!" - his high school art teacher, Lynne Mills, would share with him.
While fulfilling the mission passed onto him by his own teachers - LaMoin quietly and patiently created his own artwork - in whatever spare moments he could find.
He has recently begun to share his creativity with the world - that is...the world outside of his classroom.
As a visual artist, I am an image-maker. I search for and capture the beauty that both God and humanity have created. I do whatever necessary to create images that are interesting and meaningful â€“ powerful and beautiful â€“ in subtle ways or obvious.
Incredible images surround us in our daily life and I have traveled the world over, discovering them.