Current Instructors

Mitchell Albala

Mitchell Albala
Mitchell Albala is a highly respected painter, workshop instructor, and author. His semi-abstract and atmospheric landscapes have been exhibited nationally and are represented in corporate and private collections. He leads painting workshops in the U.S. and has offered plein air adventures in Italy. He is the author of two books: Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Watson-Guptill, 2009), which has been the best selling landscape painting book in the nation for 10 years; and The Landscape Painter’s Workbook: Essential Studies in Shape, Composition, and Color (Rockport Publishers, 2021). Mitchell has also lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum, and written for “International Artist” and “Artists & Illustrators” magazines. He hosts a popular painting blog, which can be found at his website:

Nina Antze

Nina Antze is a botanical artist and quiltmaker living in Sonoma County. She has a degree in Fine Art from San Francisco State University and has a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens. She recently studied with Sarah Simblet at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, England. She teaches Colored Pencil at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa Junior College, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Point Reyes, around the Bay Area and in Southern California. 

Nina is a member of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and the Colored Pencil Society of America. Her Chinese Snake-bark Maple has been accepted in the deYoung Open at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco. Her botanicals can be viewed at 

Darrell Anderson

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Darrell Anderson paints in gouache, casein, watercolors and oils, and draws in ink, graphite, and conte crayon. He studied under Ron Lukas, William F. Reese, Del Gish, Carolyn Anderson and others. Anderson lives and paints on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and often paints near his cabin in Montana.

Cynthia Armstrong

Cynthia Armstrong holds a graduate certificate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Science Illustration and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University. She has been a freelance illustrator and artist for over 25 years, and a teacher for the past 20 years. Cynthia, as a published illustrator, has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. Her client list includes the New York Botanical Gardens, U.S. National Park Service, the Maine State Museum, U.S. Forest Service, and the California Native Plant Society.

Suzie Baker

Suzie Baker is an award-winning artist whose paintings are regularly on display in magazines, prestigious national shows and plein air invitationals. She became president of Oil Painters of America in 2020 and holds signature status in that distinguished organization as well as the American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, and others. In addition to being a still life and portrait artist, Suzie has been painting en plein air since she was a teenager. A sought-after instructor, for her humorous and informative style, Suzie teaches through her instructional video, Color Magic, and in workshops around the United States, Europe and close to her home in the Houston, Texas area.

Amis Balcomb

“It is rewarding to witness students expanding their creative thinking and art skills through the process of simply creating artwork. It is in the process of doing where magic occurs. The hand-eye coordination and fine-motor skills that are developed by using the art materials and tools in specific ways translates into refined visual problem solving that can be applied across disciplines.”

Tom Balderas

Growing up in Torrance, California, Tom Balderas lived only a few miles from the ocean, which has made nature, along with his family, the main inspiration of his paintings. Balderas attended Loyola Marymount University, where he studied film production and art. After graduating, he worked several years for NBC Productions and helped make many made-for-television movies. He then began studying under the tutelage of his photographer father, as well as Joseph Mendez, master painter and teacher. Balderas considers the time spent studying with Mendez to be the cornerstone of his growth as a painter.

Jane Barton

In the tradition of the early artists of the West, Jane Barton loves to capture the vanishing scene: old cars in Cuba, snow bound aspens in Colorado, colorful old Italian fishing boats, sunsets on the Catalina Mountains near her home in Arizona. Painting constantly “en plein air” was the key to finding the information she needed to move from her early career as an award winning illustrator and graphic designer to her beautiful studio work. She studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, has a B.A. from Boston University and an M.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University School of Visual Arts.

Barton has lived in Arizona for over 40 years and loves the desert landscape but lately travel has taken her to Greece, Italy and Iceland and a recent collection celebrates the beauty and movement of the water she studied there. Her travel sketchbooks inspired The Travelers’ Creative Sketchbook and Illustrated Letters classes, which she teaches in Arizona, Illinois and Washington.

Jane is a member of the Salmagundi Club, Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters and a Signature member of both the American Women Artists and Arizona Plein Air Painters.

James Bland

James Bland is a figurative artist who enjoys the surprises and the surrender of control that oil painting uniquely offers. Memory, folklore and dreams are the main subjects of his work and his paintings offer tantalising glimpses of narratives alongside the rigorously-observed depictions of light and form.

MA Fine Art, Canterbury Christchurch University, BA (Hons) 1st Class in Fine Art, Canterbury Christchurch University, Diploma in Fine Art, Grimsby College.

Anne Blair Brown

Anne Blair Brown was born in North Kingstown, Rhode Island and raised in in Nashville, TN where she currently resides. Her work centers on intimate scenes inspired by local surroundings as well as travel in the US and abroad. “My artwork starts in reality and evolves through my imagination. As an impressionist, I believe in a painting process that enables me to tap into my creativity rather than trying to copy and perfect. My goal is to invite you, the viewer, to connect to the painting such that you personalize the experience and use your own imagination to complete the story.”

Currently, Anne’s work can be seen at art galleries across America including Provincetown, MA, Kennebunkport, ME, Charleston, SC, Bluffton, SC, and Leipers Fork, TN.


Amy Brnger

Amy Brnger has painted still life, flowers, and landscape for as long as she has been an artist. She uses nature as a vehicle, or an excuse, to paint, and enjoys painting places and things with and about which she is familiar or curious. With her interiors, still life and landscape are often paired together, as both influence one another equally.  These subjects are strongly related, since the kinds of still life objects she often chooses to paint are themselves directly derived from the landscape: flowers; leaves; fruits and vegetables; bird’s nests, etc. She also enjoys painting flowers and food on their own.

Winslow Art Center Instructors

Larry Calkins

Winslow Art Center 98110Larry Calkins was born in 1955 in Corvallis, OR, and grew up in a small logging community named Harlan. He stepped into the family tradition of working within logging operations, but after serious injuries in logging accidents, he decided to pursue a career in the arts. He has lived in London, England, and has traveled widely throughout the US and Europe.  Larry is a very prolific artist and has created a vast body of work, that has been shown in many galleries since 1994.  Calkins has been Artist in Residence at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA and has taught workshops and classes for many years in the Seattle area.

Martin Campos

Arcenio Martin Campos studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has taught workshops in South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand and Spain. He is currently based in the Delaware Valley region, working in Philadelphia, and is dedicated to impressing upon every student his enthusiasm and drive with what the form presents and inspire those who strive to document the human condition.

Ingrid Christensen

Ingrid Christensen is an award winning painter and instructor who specializes in figurative and still life oil painting. Influenced by French and Russian Impressionism, her work is an exploration of light, color and dynamic mark making.  A self-proclaimed “paint nerd”, Ingrid has written and featured in Winsor & Newton Masterclass videos, contributed articles to Artsy Magazine, and taught sold-out workshops in Canada and Mexico.

Ingrid lives in Calgary, Canada and has made her peace with snow.

Scott Conary

Scott Conary has been a working painter for more than 20 years, with work in collections across the country. His approach to teaching is to give the students the tools to express their ideas. Fundamentally, drawing and painting is an intuitive and expressive act. Technique and craft should be honed, but the artist must remain open and willing to play. And so must those who teach them. website

Jane Davies

Jane Davies is a full-time painter. Beginning as a potter in the early nineties, Davies transitioned into freelance art, using painting and collage as her medium. Since 2010 she has been teaching abstract painting workshops nationwide and online, as well as making art full time. She has written five instructional books, produced one instructional DVD, and offers many demonstration videos on social media.

Sarah Dennis

Sarah Dennis is a paper artist and illustrator whose work combines traditional paper-cutting techniques with collage. Sarah worked with a range of clients including, BBC Four, Tatler, The Guardian and Gosh Arts. Sarah has also illustrated and authored a selection of books, including Papercut Woodland and Paper Plants published by Carlton Books.

 Sarah loves to share her craft, teaching workshops throughout the UK. Paper cutting is creative and therapeutic, focusing the mind and steadying the hand while bringing about a serene sense of achievement. Sarah loves to see others find the same level of joy in the craft as she does.

Ian de Hoog

Ian de Hoog is a Canadian artist and teacher working primarily in watercolour. He is an active member of the South Surrey and White Rock Arts Society, Semiahmoo Arts Society and the Federation of Canadian Artists. As an instructor, Ian is a frequent contributor to the Visiting Artists series for the Opus Arts Supply chain in British Columbia and is a watercolour instructor at the Shadbolt Centre for Fine Arts in Burnaby, BC. In addition to this Ian has also travelled throughout BC to give various workshops and demonstrations to different art groups and societies.

Bernard Dellario

Bernard Dellario earned a bachelor’s degree from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, PA with emphasis on finance and art history.  He studied Art at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia and attended several workshops with nationally known artists.  He has been a member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters since 2003. Fondly known as WSLP, one of the oldest active artist organizations in the Washington area, Bernard currently serves as President. He teaches painting classes through several venues, has won national awards and exhibits throughout the Maryland Eastern Shore and Washington, DC regions.

Tim Deibler

Tim DeiblerTim Deibler has had a life-long passion for art. After graduating from the Art Institute of Colorado, he worked in the commercial art and video production fields until going full time as a fine artist in 1992. He has won five Awards of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America’s National Juried Show from such distinguished artists as Daniel Gerhartz, Peter Adams, Quang Ho, Ramon Kelly and Scott Christensen. Best known for his stunning portrayal of nature in oil, he loves painting the rugged mountain peaks, desert canyons, and the pounding surf. With the success of his book Capturing the Seasons in Oils, published by North Light Books, he has become a popular teacher and workshop instructor. His work has appeared in many books and publications including Art From the Parks, North Light Books Painter’s Quick Reference Landscapes, North Light Books Landscapes of Colorado, and Fresco Fine Art Publications. He has been featured in many art publications, most recently in the February 2012 Southwest Art article “Of This Earth.”

Lucie Duclos

Lucie Duclos is a designer, art instructor and mixed media artist living in Victoria, British Columbia. She teaches online classes on Skillshare and CourseCraft and has taught over 16,000 students between the 2 platforms. She works with a lot of different mediums and techniques from pen and ink to watercolor, printmaking, encaustics, collage, acrylics, gouache and bookmaking. 
She was the cover artist for UPPERCASE magazine issue 41 and has been a guest speaker on several international podcasts. You can find her fabrics and wallpaper design on Spoonflower. She is teaching a week-long art retreat in Italy in September 2022 in addition to her in-person workshops in the US and Canada. She loves to experiment and share inspiration on instagram @lucieduclos. You can also find more info on her website at

Aimee Erickson

Aimee Erickson is an oil painter living in Portland, Oregon. She was trained as an illustrator and holds a BFA in Visual Communication Design. She has studied with a number of prominent painters including Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel, Burton  Silverman, Joseph Paquet, William Park, Stephen Hayes and Ray Roberts. Aimee teaches studio and plein-air painting, drawing and color theory locally and at venues nationwide.Her work has been awarded top prizes in many national competitions, including Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, the Portrait Society of America, and multiple notable plein air competitions, and most recently at Plein Air Easton.

Tracy Everly

Tracy Everly is an award-winning painter. She has studied occasionally at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, but she is also largely self-taught, having put together her own educational path held together by dogged determination and love of art.

Her teaching objective is to create a positive educational, empowering students to take risks, ask questions and pursue their own individual artistic path. Her method involves sharing her own artistic process fully and openly, aiming to help students build tangible foundational skills and to offer guidance about materials, but she also focuses on mindset and thought process as important aspects of creating art.

Rick Fox

Rick Fox is a painter who is fascinated by perception and the challenge and complexity of the translation of the “world” to a surface. He lives in southern Maine and has been seduced by color and at the moment his primary practice is plein air painting. Rick is currently represented by Gallery NAGA, Boston, and JP Art Gallery, London.In 2019 Rick was a Ballinglen Artist Foundation Painting Fellow. And in 2018 he was awarded two residencies: Playa Artist Residency (Summerlake, Oregon) and 2nd Annual International Plein Air Symposium, sponsored by the Mark Rothko Center (Semenova, Latvia).Rick has been teaching painting and drawing full-time at the University of New Hampshire since 2010.

Philip Frey

Philip Frey is a celebrated career artist and instructor with a recently published book, Philip Frey: Here and Now, by Daniel Kany and Carl Little. Philip is known for his engaging, illuminating and positive teaching style. He is skilled at addressing his student’s abilities and helping them mature as an artist. He exhibits at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Greenhut Galleries, Edgewater Gallery and Carver Hill Gallery and will be featured in a solo exhibition at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in the summer of 2022.

Barbara Fugate

Barbara Fugate is a painter committed to making drawings and paintings that express life rather than imitate it. Discovering and experiencing “how things are” rather than “what they are” continues to inspire and drive Fugate’s art and art instruction. Fugate received a BFA from Western Kentucky University and a MFA in painting from Miami University of Ohio. Fugate has taught expressive drawing and painting classes and workshops in Seattle, as well as international workshops for over 25 years. Schools where Fugate has taught include Gage Academy of Art, Seattle Pacific University, Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (Victoria, BC), La Conner Art Workshops, as well as her own Seattle Weekend Art Workshops. Fugate’s artwork is published in “The Best of Drawing and Sketching” by Terry Sullivan, “Landscape Painting” by Mitchell Albala, and Margaret Davidson’s book, “Contemporary Drawing”. Visit and @bfugate on IG.

Scott Gellatly

Scott Gellatly holds a degree in painting and drawing from the University of Oregon and has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. A landscape painter at heart, Scott’s work has become more abstracted, with greater emphasis on pure color and gestural mark-making to evoke nature.

Scott is an Oregon native and lives in Portland with his family.

Sharon Grader

Exploration and experimentation are major elements of her artistic journey of discovery. She is an abstract encaustic painter drawn to the elemental aspects of molten wax. She often works with found objects, dyed silk, rusted paper, encaustic monoprinting, watercolor, oil, and pastels. She is fascinated with the creative process and the constant wonder that surprises her every day. Her work is disciplined, yet free and unexpected, calm and thought provoking. She is a graduate of the Artist Trust Edge program and a member of Women Painters of Washington. You can find her work at the Lynn Hanson Gallery, Pioneer Square, Seattle.

Nancy Gruskin

Nancy Gruskin is a figurative and still life painter from Concord, Massachusetts.  She received a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Connecticut College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University.  After teaching architectural history for several years, she now devotes herself to painting full-time.  Her paintings emerge from everyday experiences and familiar views and are based on direct observation, photographs, invention and memory.

Joe Gyurcsak

Joe Gyurcsak paints a broad range of subject matter including interiors, still life, figurative and plein air landscape painting. He has a keen sense for capturing the essence of his subject matter with a bold and candid approach. Joseph studied at Parsons School of Design and The School of Visual Arts in New York. He exhibits in shows and galleries across the country. His award winning paintings have established national attention with collectors.

Joseph is a sought after teacher/ workshop artist lecturing & demonstrating his 4 decades of artistic experience to over 160 major art institutions throughout the US.     

Resident Artist Blick / Utrecht Art Materials, Artist Salmagundi Club NY / Resident Artist, Signature Member International Society of Acrylic Painters, American Impressionist Society Signature Artist, Oil Painters of America/ Signature Artist, Garden State Watercolor Society

Dorota Haber-Lehigh

Dorota Haber-Lehigh is an artist, educator and a naturalist with a passion for plants of the Pacific Northwest. Born in Poland, Dorota loves foraging for berries, mushroom hunting, field sketching and collecting specimens. She holds a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from the Society of Botanical Artists in London, as well as degrees in Art and International Studies with a focus on indigenous cultures, and a Master’s Degree in Teaching. Dorota is a member of Oregon Botanical Artists, Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists and American Society of Botanical Artists. Recently Dorota was an Artist in Residence at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, WA.  She exhibits and teaches regionally and has authored two ethnobotanical coloring books.

Ben Hamburger

Ben Hamburger is a painter, socially engaged artist, and educator based in New Orleans, LA. His work is driven by art’s potential to connect and enrich our understanding of the world. Hamburger holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from Eckerd College and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Hamburger has led workshops and taught courses in schools, universities, art centers, museums, correctional facilities, and nonprofit organizations around the United States, as well as Bolivia, Thailand, and India. Hamburger has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards, and fellowships including the Orange County Arts Council Artist Grant, The Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Eckerd College, and First Place Prize in Orange County’s annual Plein Air Painting Event. Hamburger has attended artist residencies at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA, Sustainable Bolivia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Joshua Tree Highlands Residency in Joshua Tree, CA. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at locations including the Maryhill Museum of Art, Montpelier Arts Center, Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, and the Western Carolina University Art Museum. Hamburger’s work has been covered by Indy Week, The News and Observer, Voice of America, Tampa Bay Times, The Baltimore Sun,WYPR, and Baltimore Style Magazine. Hamburger is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University and teaches painting at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art.

Sarah B Hansen

Award-winning Northwest Watercolor Society Signature member, artist, and instructor, Sarah B. Hansen has been painting for over 30 years. A self-taught painter, Sarahbegan by painting traditional transparent watercolor on paper, primarily portraits. By recently converting into a landscape artist, Sarahhas found in the combination of her love of nature and gestural paint application, an open door into limitless possibilities of expression. Born and raised in Southwestern Colorado, Sarah moved to Oregon in 1987, working as a commercial and residential designer in Portland. Now, Sarah can be found creating acrylic and watercolor landscapes from her studio in Bend, Oregon. Her collectors range regionally and worldwide, both in residential homes and hospitality facilities, such as Kaiser Permanente, Sunriver Resort, and Cascade Medical Imaging. She teaches workshops both regionally and abroad. Member American Women Artists, NWWS, Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists.

Victoria Foster Harrison

An Encaustic Printmaker (creating one-of-a-kind monotypes with beeswax and paper), Victoria embraces the wabi-sabi theory of “perfectly imperfect” in her urban collages and contemporary landscapes. A right brain – left brain thinker, her work is a combination of active detail along with calm atmospheric fields of soft rustic texture. Displayed on cradled panels, her collage work often incorporates the original monotypes along with photographs on silk organza, paper ephemera, mark-making, calligraphic strokes and book spines. She is a working artist and teaches out of her home studio in Port Townsend, WA. Victoria is represented by the Grover Gallery in Port Townsend and also at the Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Gallery on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Molly Hashimoto

Molly Hashimoto is the author of Colors of the West: An Artist’s Guide to Nature’s Colors and Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide.  Her upcoming book, Mt. Rainier: An Artist’s Tour will be released September 1, 2021. (All are published by Mountaineers Books).  She has exhibited widely and teaches for many outdoor institutes, including Yellowstone and North Cascades.  Her block prints are best sellers for Pomegranate Communications, published as calendars, notecards and children’s books (authored by Zoe Burke.)  Teaching and connecting students with nature and cultural history through art experiences are an important part of her artistic journey.

Mike Hernandez

Mike Hernandez is a production designer/art director/concept artist at Dreamworks Animation. His past projects include Spirit, Sinbad, Over the Hedge, Bee Movie, Shrek 4, Puss In Boots, Turbo, and Penguins of Madagascar. Mike is also an avid plein air painter who, on his lunch hour, goes outside to paint whatever he can find, and in downtown Los Angeles, this can mean a park, an industrial scene, or the Los Angeles River.

Hernandez attended and taught at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has taught several painting classes and workshops focusing on the important fundamentals of composition, color relationship, lighting, atmospheric perspective and shape design. Hernandez currently lives with his wife and 8 year old son in Santa Clarita. Instagram

Wayne Jiang

Wayne Jiang is a Portland-based realist acrylic painter. Combining the aesthetic of 17th century Baroque paintings and the composition of modern documentary photography, his works have been described as the contemporary interpretations of Vermeer and Hopper. His work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries such as the Morris Graves Museum of Art, Triton Museum, Crocker Museum, Lan Su Chinese Garden, History San José, and Guardino Gallery.As an art educator, Wayne specializes in teaching acrylic both in person and online. He has 3 decades of experience working with acrylic and 13 years teaching the medium. His students are artists with diverse skill levels: from someone who has never painted to professional artists who want to refine their acrylic technique or learn a new medium. Wayne’s deep interest in art history is incorporated in both his paintings and how he teaches.


Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson is a Boston based Painter and instructor at The Academy of Realist Art Boston who is devoted to the preservation and growth of traditional painting. He aspires towards adding his own link into the chain of tradition by mastering the working methods of the old masters who he admires and employing those methods into his own working process. As a complete painter he aspires to reach a high level of verisimilitude and truth in his works on a variety of subject matters from portrait, still life and landscape. Eric primarily makes all of the pigments and paints to create each prepossessing painting. Eric yearns that every new presentation to beauty and truth can show us the old beauty and the old truth only seen from a different angle and colored by a different medium.

Peter Keegan

Peter Keegan is a professional artist living and working in Buckinghamshire, UK, specialising in oil painting. Trained at Cardiff School of Art, Peter follows traditional techniques but uses them in a way to depict his subjects in a modern and original style. His aim in portraiture is to always create a painting or drawing that reflects the subject’s likeness and personality. Peter also paints and exhibits figure paintings, local landscapes and still life paintings.  Peter co-hosts the weekly podcast Ask an Artist: the podcast dedicated to offering free advice and guidance about the business side of being an artist. He is an elected member of the Buckinghamshire Art Society and The Oxford Art Society.  Peter is also a brand ambassador for Michael Harding Oil Paints and Rosemary & Co brushes.

Lisa Daria Kennedy

Lisa Daria Kennedy grew up along the northeast edge of the Hockomock Swamp in Massachusetts. She received her BA from Roger Williams University in Graphic Design, a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Illustration and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2D.  Kennedy creates product designs and surface illustrations for the international giftware industry. She is affiliated with Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI as the Design Editor for the literary publication, Mount Hope and is an Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA.

Susan Kuznitsky

Susan Kuznitsky “My life’s work is to leave the world more beautiful than I found it.  I look for the light and beauty. It is everywhere… My job is to translate it onto canvas and share it.”

International Association of Pastel Societies – Master Pastelist , Oregon Society of Artists – Member and Instructor, Northwest Pastel Society – Signature Member, Chicago Pastel Painters – Honorary Member, West Coast Pastel Society –Signature Member, Pastel Society of America – Signature Member

Christine Lafuente

A native of Poughkeepsie NY, Christine Lafuente received an A.B. in  English from Bryn Mawr College in 1991.  She then moved to downtown Philadelphia to earn a Certificate in Painting and Printmaking from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  There she was awarded a Louis S. Ware Memorial Scholarship for European Travel.  While Artist-in-Residence at the Fleisher Art Memorial from 1997 to 2002, she began teaching and studied at the Barnes Foundation.  In 2003 she moved to Brooklyn NY, where she earned a Masters in Fine Arts at Brooklyn College.  Christine currently lives and works in Brooklyn throughout the year and spends summers painting in Maine.

Patrick Lee

Patrick Lee grew up in Western Pennsylvania and attended Edinboro University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Painting with an Art History minor. Lee works primarily in oils, charcoal, and watercolor (gouache). His chosen subject matter generally ranges from figurative works and landscapes to still-life and interiors.

Lee has participated in many group and solo exhibitions, including Plein Air painting events like Plein Air Easton and Wayne Plein Air and have been an adjunct professor of art at Allegheny Community College for the past several years.


Jean Mackay

Jean Mackay is an artist, educator, and naturalist. She has been keeping an artist journal for more than nearly 20 years a way to study and share the beauty and diversity of nature, as well as to record the art of everyday living. Working in all kinds of settings, from tide pools to farm fields to her own backyard, Jean’s journals reflect a keen eye for detail and profound sense of wonder. Jean teaches at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine and at the Art School of Columbia County in New York. Her blog, Drawn In, shares the ordinary, yet extraordinary things that she encounters close to home and farther afield.

Jerry McLaughlin

Jerry McLaughlin is best known for his powerful paintings built through an intensive working of layers of oil paint, pigments, and cold wax medium, along with additives like earth, sand, and wood ash. His textured, monochromatic, minimalist works are informed by the structural world of concrete, adobe, stone, and steel, as well as by the decay, erosion, and weathering of those materials. Though McLaughlin is now a full time abstract artist, he initially trained as a pediatric critical care physician, an influence still palpable in his work. In 2017, he co-authored the first ever comprehensive book on cold wax medium, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations, winner of two international book awards. He is represented by DZINE Gallery in San Francisco and HG Contemporary in New York City. He lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with his husband, Mike, and their dog, Bert.

David Mensing

David Mensing‘s paintings are featured in collections and exhibitions across the nation and around the globe. He grew up in Iowa, surrounded by wide prairies and carefully groomed cornfields.  When he moved to The West as a young man, he was captivated by its raw beauty. Mensing’s ambition is to know and share that beauty through his work.  For Dave, each painting is a statement – his architectural background contributes to his compelling designs and he is careful to select titles that reflect the character and spiritual basis of the work. 

David Mensing lives in Sisters, Oregon with his wife and their three children.  

Numerous periodicals have featured his work with cover images and feature articles, including American Art Collector, Southwest Art and Western Art Collector.  Recent national awards include Southwest Art’s ‘Award of Excellence’ in Icons of the West and Art and Soul:  ‘Professional Juror / Best of Show.’

Patti Mollica

Patti Mollica delights in painting the world around her in a bold, confident style, with hues that are vibrant, energetic and contemporary. Her work is known for its fearless use of color and expressive brushwork, while still blending a delicate balance between impressionism, abstraction and realism.

Patti has been commissioned by, and is included in the private collections of American Express, Sheraton Hotels, CBS & RCA Records, Penguin Press and many others. Additionally, she is a Certified Teacher for Golden Paints and conducts workshops throughout the U.S., covering topics such as “Innovative Acrylic Techniques using Golden Paints”, as well as “How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold”.

She lives in Nyack, New York with her husband – a jazz musician, their dog, parrot and 3 cats. 

Ned Mueller

Ned Mueller is an accomplished and highly respected artist, having been drawing and painting for over 65 years. He is the only Artist in the Northwest that has been designated as a “Master Artist” with both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society.  He is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles where as still a student he also taught drawing classes. He has participated in many of the major invitational shows in the country, including the “Artist’s of America Show”,”Great American Artist’s Show”, “National Academy of Western Art”, “Oil Painters of America”, “Laguna Plein Air Show”, “Pastel Society of America”, “The Autry Western Masters Show”,  “The Northwest Rendezvous Show” and the annual “Plein Air Painters of America Exhibition. He has shown in some of the Finest Galleries in the country, has won numerous awards and is included in many private fine art collections. He is a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Painters of America. California Art Club, Northwest Pastel Society, Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists, Northwest Rendezvous Group, and the American Society of Marine Artists. He continues to challenge himself to grow artiscally. Ned is asked to jury Regional and National Art Shows and he loves to teach and share his many years of knowledge and experience by teaching classes and workshops, regionally, nationally and internationally.” Website:

Mark Daniel Nelson

Mark Daniel Nelson approaches both painting and teaching in much the same way: He strives to simplify and organize information until it reaches its most potent, elemental form. A student of both representational and non-objective painting, Nelson regularly fuses seemingly incongruous approaches to create new and unexpected results. “I strive for two things,” the artist states in his characteristically blunt manner, “impact and beauty. Eliminate the unnecessary parts and you’re left with much more powerful, beautiful modes of expression.” Mark Daniel Nelson is represented by Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Culver City, California, Gallery 1261 in Denver, CO and Jack Meier Gallery in Houston, TX. He has taught extensively in Art History, Human Anatomy, Drawing and Painting across the US.

Anton Nowels

Anton Nowels is an accomplished artist whose work has been juried into both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society national exhibitions. Nowels has been practicing art since 2000. An instructor at the Scottsdale Artist School, Anton’s workshops and artwork explore Impressionistic approaches taught by Charles Hawthorne, Henry Hensche, and Sergei Bongart. In addition, he enjoys painting a variety of subjects and experimenting with painting techniques. Nowels is represented by the Thunderbird Foundation in Mt. Carmel, Utah. He is an Associate Member of both OPA and AIS, as well as being a Juried Member of Arizona Plein Air Painters.  

Gage Opdenbrouw

“A deep thematic thread runs through all of my work, it’s a ‘vanitas’ sort of message, to take the time to be present, to notice the magic of noticing, the richness of what’s right in front of us. I think that there is something radical in making work that is intimate in scale and quiet in its content and its aims–it strikes me as a tonic, an antidote, for our times, which are increasingly dehumanized, and in which people are living lives that are increasingly disembodied, mediated by a screen, and constantly stimulated. My art is about connecting with this world, this moment, as it is, as deeply as possible.”

Clarence Porter

Clarence Porter received his Master Pastel Artist of Canada (MPAC) signature designation from Pastel Artists Canada in 2014, his signature designation from the Pastel Society of America in 2016 and he is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies.


Edmond Praybe

Edmond Praybe is an award winning painter and teaching artist currently based outside of Baltimore, MD. He shows his work widely in juried and invitational exhibitions across the US and is currently represented by First Street Gallery in New York City and Y Art in Baltimore. Edmond received his BFA in painting from Maryland Institute, College of Art and MFA from the New York Studio School. He has taught classes, workshops and lectured in the Mid-Atlantic region for the better part of a decade.

Steve Puttrich

After spending 35 years as an artist, designer, architectural illustrator and vice president of marketing for a world-wide engineering firm, I’m now creating a life being a husband to my artist/wife Bobbie Puttrich and full-time fine artist and instructor. My passion for teaching is second only to my love of painting.

Ilaria Rosselli del Turco

Ilaria trained followed classical studies and trained as an illustrator in Italy but soon turned to fine art, particularly after having moved to London with her young family in 1999. She kept developing her work by learning from the old masters and taking part-time courses. She started exhibiting in 2007 and had paintings and prints have been included in prestigious exhibitions such as the BP Portrait Award, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition, the Threadneedle Prize, the Lynn Painters-Stainers Prize and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She exhibits regularly in UK, Italy and US.

Mark Russell

Mark Russell has been creating landscape and nature paintings for more than 30 years. He has exhibited his work in group shows, in galleries and museums across the country and won numerous awards. His paintings are included in private and corporate collections. He has degrees from DePaul University and The American Academy of Art in Chicago.

John Seed

John Seed is a Professor Emeritus at Mt. San Jacinto College who holds degrees in Studio Art from Stanford University and UC Berkeley. During his 35 year teaching career Seed also taught Theory and Criticism in the MFA program of Laguna College of Art and Design. A noted writer and independent curator Seed is the author of Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World as well as numerous blogs and articles.


Randy Sexton

California based artist, Randall Sexton, is nationally known for the use of color and expressive brushwork in his oil paintings of “everyday” scenes. Raised in rural Connecticut, Sexton moved to San Francisco, CA in 1980 after completing a BFA from the University of CT, Storrs.

The Bay area has proven to be home, where he has earned a great reputation for being an educator as well as a fine artist. He taught classes in drawing, painting, and composition at the San Francisco Academy of Art until 2005. He now leads private workshops around the country and teaches as a free lance instructor at Pixar Studios in Emmeryville, CA.

 Teaching workshops both nationally and abroad, in the fall of 2008, he led a group of Plein air painters on a trip to Tuscany, Italy through a program hosted by the Sedona Art Center in Arizona. Acknowledged by jurors and artists alike, Randall has garnered national awards for his paintings. Most notably, in 2008, Randy was honored with the coveted “Artists’ Choice Award” in Laguna Beach at the 10th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Event held at the Laguna Museum Of Art. He also won the same award in Telluride, CO (Sheridan Plein Air Festival) and in Napa, CA (Napa Valley Land Trust Art Festival), both in 2008. . He received the same award in 2006 in Sedona, AZ and Maui, HI at their respective painting festivals. He received Jurors Choice- “Best of Show” in “Northern Views a biennial landscape show hosted by the Napa Valley Museum, and in the Maui Plein Air Festival of 2006.

He has been featured in various national journals including: “American Artist”-August 2000, “Southwest Art”-July 2003, “Plein Air” (currently- “Fine Art Connoisseur”)-November 2004, and “Workshop”-December 2006 He has been a member of the California Art Club, The Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association, “The Outsiders”, a group of artists loosely connected to “The Society of Six” and The Baywood Artists Group committed to working on environmentally sensitive projects.

Benjamin Shamback

Ben Shamback is a still life and landscape painter, working almost exclusively in oil on copper. Ben received a BA in Illustration from Central Connecticut State University in 1996 and in 1999, an MFA in Painting from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. Ben’s work has been included in more than 150 national and regional competitions receiving awards in competitive exhibitions throughout the United States. Ben was awarded the Faber Birren Color Award in 2003, and the Gold Medal of Honor for Oil Painting from the Allied Artists of America in 2004. Realist painter Philip Pearlstein honored Ben with the Realism Award at the 2002 Biennial Exhibition in Newport News, Virginia. Ben has had 21 solo exhibitions in the last 20 years across the US, from New Orleans to Connecticut. Ben has also exhibited at the Salmagundi and National Arts Club in New York City four times each.

Ben is represented by LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans, Louisiana and Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ben currently lives in Mobile, Alabama with his wife Amanda and daughters Edie and Lilith. Ben is Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of South Alabama.

Loriann Signori

Loriann Signori, with the landscape as her muse, is a creator of luminosity. She allows nature to teach her about color, light and movement. Her work is based in traditional methods, defined by colorist tendencies, and memory. As life- long painter, she received her BFA from Swain School of Design and MFA at American University, but the real work began outdoors and in the studio. Loriann is a faculty member of Pastel Society of America. She is an award-winning artist who has exhibited her work in galleries and museums across the country and won numerous awards.

Lisa Snow Lady

Lisa Snow Lady
Instructor Lisa Snow Lady has a BFA in Painting and Art History from the University of Washington, and a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Edmonds Community College and has been has been sketching and painting for over 20 years. She has a passion for travel sketching and is a member of Urban Sketchers. She teaches botanical sketching at the Volunteer Park Conservatory and through the University of Washington Botanic Center. Lisa loves to encourage students of all artistic levels.

Crystal (Soojeong) Shin


Crystal (Soojeong) Shin was born and raised in Korea. In 2013, she moved to Seattle. She has studied botanical art with Kathleen Mckeehen at the Gage Academy of Art and at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle and has taken many botanical art workshops.

Crystal graduated from the University of Washington’s certificate program in Natural Science Illustration in 2014. She worked as a primary botanical illustrator on the second edition of “Flora of the Pacific Northwest” at the UW Herbarium at Burke Museum from 2015 to 2018, generating 882 new botanical illustrations in pen and ink, gaining knowledge and understanding of botany. She also did freelance illustration for botanists describing new species for their research publications. Crystal has recently been illustrating fossils for a paleontologist at the Burke Museum. Facebook

Sarah Spackman

Sarah Spackman is a contemporary figurative artist particularly well known for her still life oil paintings. She works from a studio in Oxford that was once a punt building workshop.Strength of drawing and the delicate and subtle use of colour are two of the main qualities recognised in her work. Her practise focuses on the principle that good drawing is the basis of good painting and that colour should be used to enhance the organisation and definition of observed space and form. Sarah works in a considered way, with close observation. Her paintings are quiet in their presence but nonetheless powerful and engaging to the viewer. These are paintings that take a close look at things around us, take the object out of the ordinary and make the viewer look again.

Sarah trained at Byam Shaw School of Art, London and graduated from Camberwell School of art in 1981. She was elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 2019, and a member of the Small Paintings Group in 2021. Sarah’s work is in many private collections world wide as well as the collection of the Allied Irish Bank. Her work has also been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Competition , the NEAC, the ROI, the RBA and the Discerning Eye Exhibitions. Sarah exhibits regularly with several galleries throughout the

Kathleen Speranza

Kathleen Speranza‘s paintings have been exhibited in museums, college art galleries and commercial galleries in the Northeast and beyond. Public collections include Ralph Lauren Co., Meditech Corporation, Harvard Museum of Natural History, New England Biolabs and Cell Signaling Technologies. Her work is included in many private collections in the USA and abroad. She maintains a studio in Lynn, Massachusetts and teaches workshops across the country and abroad.

Debora Stewart

Debora Stewart is a Signature Member and a Master Pastellist of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Master’s Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. She is also the author of a Northlight book titled Abstract Art Painting: Expressions in Mixed Media and a series of videos on abstract painting from Northlight TV. She teaches workshops for artists in abstraction throughout the U.S.  Her pastels and paintings are available through galleries in Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.

Nancy Tankersley

Nancy Tankersley began her career as a portraitist but entered the gallery scene with figurative paintings of people at work and at leisure. Currently as she searches for the unpredictable, Tankersley moves between landscape, figures and still life. Incorporating non-traditional tools , supports and technologies for her paintings she remains faithful to her impressionistic style.

Active in the current plein air movement, and a founder of Plein Air Easton, she travels worldwide participating in competitions, judging and teaching. Most recently, she was the Featured Artist at the 49th Annual Waterfowl Exhibit and Festival in Easton, Maryland where she featured paintings of watermen at work. In 2016 and 2017 she was invited to exhibit at the prestigious Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC. Recent awards include Award for Excellence at the American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibit in 2018, Best of Show at the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2017 and the Dickinson Award for Best Painting by a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society 2016 Annual Juried Exhibit.

Michele Usibelli

Winslow Art Center 98110Michele Usibelli is known for her highly personalized and positive approach to teaching. Her award-winning artwork has shown in both group and gallery exhibitions, in regional, national and international juried exhibitions and has won numerous awards. Her artwork can be found in public and private collections throughout the world. Michele has been accepted into the following organizations: Oil Painters of America/Signature Member, American Impressionist Society/Signature Member, California Art Club, Women Artists of the West/ Signature Member, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

Laura Vahlberg

Laura Vahlberg’s work has been exhibited around the U.S. and internationally (in Italy, Alabama, and Virginia). She has studied under artists including Israel Hershberg, Elana Hagler, Sarah Rutherfoord, Susan Zurbrigg, Ken Szmagaj, and Susan Jane Walp. She was born in Alexandria, Virginia in 1988 and now lives in Roanoke, Virginia. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts at James Madison University.

Yer Za Vue

Yer Za Vue‘s passion for drawing and painting led her to attend The Kansas City Art Institute, where she received her BFA in Illustration in 1993.  After graduation, she went on to work for The Walt Disney Feature Animation Studio in Florida. Her list of credits includes The Little Match Girl, Brother Bear, Lilo & Stitch, John Henry, Tarzan, Mulan, Pocahontas, and Circle of Life, Paper Indians, Ethos, Masterpiece Makeover & Bubbles.

She started her teaching career in 2006 at The Art Institute of Portland, where she taught over 14 years for the Foundation Department as well as the Animation Department. Aside from being a full-time artist, she now teaches for Pacific Northwest College of Art as well as giving private lessons, classes and workshops throughout the greater Portland area. She taught everything from painting, traditional 2-D animation, illustration, concept art, character design to figure drawing.

She also exhibits her artwork locally in various galleries and charitable art events throughout Oregon and nationally.

Michael Weller

Michael Weller studied librarianship in Manchester and realised early on he didn’t want to be a librarian. Life-drawing cheered him up. Later he did a degree in Fine Art and studied portrait-painting at Lavender Hill Studios and drawing and painting with the New English Art Club. In 2015 he won the Le Clerc Fowle Medal for a group of outstanding paintings at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters’ annual exhibition, and the Winsor & Newton Award for a painting at the New English Art Club annual exhibition.


Susan Wiersema

Susan Wiersema earned a BFA from the California State University of San Bernardino with a major in Photographic Arts and a minor in Graphic Arts. After graduating she worked a number of jobs including photographic printer and retoucher, photographer, framer, exhibit designer and docent for NASA. She also worked for Daniel Smith, where she learned all about art materials and supplies. Susan worked for Bainbridge Arts and Crafts for ten years where she hung artwork, designed exhibitions and window displays, and showed her work. She has taken part in a number of group and individual shows on Bainbridge Island. Instagram

Tara Will

A Maryland artist, Tara Will grew up watching the creative hands of her grandmother and had a love of creating from a young age. She attended Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland, double majoring in Art and Philosophy. Tara has participated in numerous national plein air competitions, painting from coast-to-coast. She enjoys painting quickly, trying to capture the essence of the space using bold colors and strong marks. She predominantly works in pastels, but occasionally ventures into oils. In 2017, Tara achieved her Master Circle Status with the International Association of Pastel Societies. She is a Signature Member of Maryland Pastel Society and an Associate Member of Pastel Society of America. Tara has been featured in the Pastel Journal’s Magazine Pastel 100 in both 2017 and 2018. In 2021 she was featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s Artists to Watch.

Chris Witkowski

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Chris Witkowski now lives in Port Townsend, Wa. Her pastels, oils and watercolors have been shown in galleries up and down the West Coast for over 40 years and reside in collections throughout the United States. She has created many memorable illustrations in pastel featuring local farming, food and wine for regional and national businesses and organizations.

Chris teaches private and studio classes emphasizing proper use of materials and technique. At the same time she guides each student, no matter what their level of experience, to move towards developing their own individual expression.

She has a BA in Art from the University of Detroit.

Yong Hong Zhong

Yong Hong Zhong was born in Canton, China and immigrated to the United States when he was twelve years old.  Yong developed a keen interest in drawing at an early age. He attended La Guardia High School, a prestigious school for music and arts in New York City.  and later at Pratt Institute in New York. He majored in Illustration and has a minor in Art History. 

He worked for MTV Animation Studios as a storyboard artist and later at the Walt Disney Company where he worked on featured films.

While at Disney, Yong had the opportunity to work and learn from many talented artists. The changes and demands in the animation industry from traditional 2D films to 3D films have also broadened his versatility and proficiency in various production softwares. Over the past 14 years, he has refined his skills in story telling, color and composition.  The knowledge and experiences he acquired from the animation industry continue to be an invaluable influence in his art.   

Yong takes inspiration from many different forms of art but none has more influence on him than the early California impressionists.  His subject matter varies from landscape to portrait to still life.  

He currently lives in Portland with his wife and two sons.

Past Instructors

Adebanji Alade has sketched and painted almost all his life and he currently works full time as a painter from his studio on Lots Road in Chelsea, London. Whether he works indoors or outdoors, he strives to bring the life, vitality and movement of ‘the sketch’ into his paintings.  He sometimes refers to his paintings as ‘colour sketches’ as they capture the feelings of the scene as seen with all the life in it. He loves to teach and constantly runs workshops and does demonstrations at Secondary Schools, Colleges and Art Societies. He also teaches at The Heatherley School of Fine Art.

Otherwise known as ‘The Addictive Sketcher‘, Adebanji has been featured regularly on BBC’s The One Show and can often be found sketching travelers on the London Underground. In 2015, Adebanji was a contestant on SkyArts’ Landscape Artist of Year program. He is the vice-president of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

Dana Aldis

Dana Aldis
received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a BFA at the Corcoran College of Art & Design. She has taught painting and drawing at Shepherd University in West Virginia. Dana’s work has been exhibited in Washington DC, New York, Virginia and West Virginia. She works in various fine arts media as well as bookbinding. blog

Sarah Bixler
Seattle artist Sarah Bixler earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Washington and has previously studied at Gage Academy of Art and Western Washington University. In 2010 her work was selected for a juror’s choice award at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Bixler teaches drawing and painting at the Gage Academy of Art. She enjoys the winter sun, early mornings and simplifying everyday objects into geometric shapes.
Aaron Coberly

Aaron Coberly
Northwest artist Aaron Coberly has been drawing for as long as he can remember. He started taking art seriously as a teenager after being invited to attend a life drawing class. Living and traveling in Europe further inspired him. He began oil painting in 1999. His work is primarily figurative with a stylistic nod to the Masters and the Impressionists. Aaron runs an open painting and drawing session in Seattle. Coberly continues to work every day to crystalize his vision by breaking things down and building them up. “I feel sometimes I have to lose myself in order to get a better understanding of where I am going. It can be a scary process but without it I don’t feel that I can grow as an artist.” website

Pam Christiansen
Pam Christiansen’s extensive background in esoteric studies, as well as her Fine Arts education, meditation practices and deep appreciation of the natural world have led her to a 40-year journey of sharing her knowledge and insights with those looking for deeper meaning in their lives.

Karen Cornell
Karen Cornell
Karen Cornell is a painter and printmaker who has lived and worked on Bainbridge Island since 2004. A California native, she received her MFA in painting in 1998 from California College of the Arts in Oakland. Her abstract artwork is comprised of paintings on paper, panel and canvas, monotype prints and collage. The distinct processes—some spontaneous and quick, the others meditative and slow, complement one another and result in a varied body of work. Prior to receiving her MFA in painting, Cornell studied drawing, figure drawing and painting at San Francisco State University while working as a graphic designer. She also received a BA in Applied Art and Design from California Polytechnic State University. Cornell’s work is represented at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts and SAM Gallery. website
Mick Davidson
Millard (Mick) Davidson
A professional architect, artist Millard (Mick) Davidson studied under Ron Lukas, Del Gish, Bill Reese, Sunny Apinchapong, Xiaogang Zhu, Dan McCaw, Robert Moore, Jean Dobie, and Sumiao Jichujifa (Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China). A veteran art juror, Davidson is a member of the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society and the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists. His work is in collections throughout the United States and in Mexico.
Hal Dean
Hal Dean, AIA, has been an architect in the Southwest for the past forty years, opening a practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the early 1970’s and retaining it through 1999. A gifted and prolific designer and illustrator, Hal has been continuously involved in mentoring, practicing and teaching architecture for the past four decades. For over thirty years, he has traveled extensively, observing and recording in pen and ink the character of buildings, people, and their surrounding environment.
Sophie Frieda
Gradually my visual world has been drawn in to focus on the intricate layer and contours of leaves and plant life, where a similar tension is created between the layering and mesh of forms versus the simplicity of the actual form and space. I immerse myself into the picture by exaggerating the strong organic shapes and vibrant colors, where I find a very positive and powerful life force. My goal is to envelop the viewer into this exciting and energizing world and come away feeling … Revitalized and Centered. Website 

Felicia Forte

Felicia Forte
Felicia Forte is a representational oil painter based in Detroit, Michigan. Felicia is a sought-after instructor of drawing and painting who has taught at various institutions including The de Young Museum of Fine Art and The Walt Disney Family Museum. In December 2013 she was awarded a month-long residency at The de Young Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco. In 2014 she participated as faculty at the Plein Air Convention and Expo in Monterey, California. In 2015 Felica’s Self Portrait will exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in London for The BP Portrait Award. Felicia maintains a studio in Hamtramck where she works on commissioned portraiture, gallery work, and offers instruction in drawing and painting to private students. She was born in Los Angeles, California in 1979. website

Lois Griffel has taught painting workshops throughout the United States and Europe and has had many sold out shows in New England. Her book, Painting the Impressionist Landscape, was published over 25 years ago and is considered an exemplary source on seeing color and light. Her second book, Painting Impressionist Color, embellishes the lessons in the first book, while presenting many important new concepts.  She was honored by the American Impressionist Society as a Master Signature Artist. Her paintings have twice graced the cover of American Artist Magazine and many others. She was also featured in The Artist’s Magazine, The Boston Globe, American Art Review and The New York Times.

Jeannie Grisham
Elana Hagler
Elana Hagler was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and immigrated to the United States at the age of five. She received her Bachelor of Arts in both Studio Art and Psychology from Brandeis University, Boston, and continued her studies for two years at the Master Class of the Jerusalem Studio School and in Umbria, Italy. She then received her Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Elana has won multiple prizes in painting and drawing and has exhibited her work across the United States and internationally. She has taught fine art at Cornell College, the Delaware College of Art and Design, and at Swarthmore College. She lives and teaches in Montgomery, Alabama, and is a staff writer for the popular art blog Painting Perceptions. website
Steven Hill
Steven Hill is an award-winning pastel artist from Lopez Island, WA, who teaches and shows his work nationally and internationally. Over the past 12 years, Steve has done over 55 workshops with hundreds of people, from inexperienced to advanced level artists. Each of his students has become a better painter than they ever thought possible, simply by focusing on the basics and being exposed to real-life instructional, narrated demos. Steve’s passion is to find special places, both home and abroad, and explore those with every element of my psyche dialed into the joyous, expressive and interpretive language of painting on-site. website
Hai-Ou Hou
Award-winning, Maryland-based artist Hai-Ou Hou was born in Beijing, China, where she studied painting and ceramics at the prestigious Central Institute of Fine Art and Design. Hou’s work has been widely published and exhibited nationally and internationally and hangs in many museums, corporations, and private collections. She is the recipient of numerous fine art honors and awards and a regular participant in plein air events throughout the country. website

Patrick Howe
After graduating from Pacific Northwest College of Art, in 1974, Patrick Howe became the Head Preparator at the Portland Art Museum. In 1975 he completed an sculpture project for the Oregon Arts Commission. In 1976 he moved to Colorado and continued painting. In 1980 he was selected by the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities (CCAH) to conduct workshops and classes throughout the State. He was also selected to be a member of the CCAH Chautauqua Tour, which included 40 artists of every discipline (musicians from the Denver Symphony Orchestra, actors from the Denver Theatre, dancers from the Denver Opera) and he was the only painter that year to be chosen out of thousands of visual artist applicants. He also lectured on the topic of art and the evolution of human consciousness at Colorado State University.

Patrick has exhibited his work in many galleries, participated in two juried exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, and had a one-person show at the Loveland Art Museum, in Colorado. Patrick was also an award winning graphic designer, and produced branding, logos, calligraphy, and illustrations for many Fortune 500 companies. In 2004 he opened Patrick Howe Gallery, in Seattle, where he showed his artwork and held painting classes. During his time at the gallery he wrote “The Awakening Artist: Madness and Spiritual Awakening in Art.” The book was nominated for the Robert Motherwell Book Award in 2014 for outstanding and original thinking on the topic of Modernism in Art. The book was written for students of art and it reflects Patrick’s life-long interest in philosophy, eastern religion, psychology and art history. After the close of Patrick Howe Gallery, in 2014, Today he lives and works in Tangletown, in Seattle, WA. Website

Eric Jacobsen

Ninalee Irini
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Ninalee completed her degree in Education before moving home to teach grade school. Forever interested in the visual arts, Ninalee began painting as a hobby using crafty acrylics that wouldn’t blend. She was thrilled to discover oils soon after and has continued to develop her style over the last ten years in that medium. When she began to paint she was most interested in the style of contemporary realism. As she attended lessons and workshops, her style evolved into one that is more impressionistic, and she soon realized that art was going to become much more than an enjoyable pastime. The strong differences in seasons of the Canadian Prairies have greatly influenced Ninalee’s work by encouraging her to document what can only be seen for part of the year. She prefers to paint subjects that are fleeting in some way – ones that don’t stay in a single form for long and need to be captured, which is why her work is mostly comprised of warm landscapes, birds, and florals. website
Eric Jacobsen
Eric Jacobsen
Eric Jacobsen was born and raised in New England. He received a BA in History from Gordon College in Wenham, MA in 1989 and studied fine art at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut, from 1991-1995. At the Academy he received training in the Beaux Arts tradition of drawing and painting from life. Eric’s true inspiration is the amazing beauty that he sees in nature. Jacobsen is a plein air painter. He takes his oils wherever he goes, setting up on site, and working until his painting is finished. website
Duane Keiser
Duane Keiser
Duane Keiser studied painting under Raymond Berry at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and Lennart Anderson at Brooklyn College in NYC. His A Painting a Day blog has been written about in numerous publications, including USA Today, The New York Times and, most recently, The Huffington Post and Painting Perceptions. He has exhibited at Fischbach Gallery, Allan Stone Gallery and, most recently, the New York Academy of Art. His work resides in several corporate collections and hundreds of private collections worldwide, including the Gregory Peterson Collection. website

Rita Kirkman has received major awards in both national and international competitions. Her work has been featured in the Pastel Journal and the Pratique des Arts Spécial Pastel, and published in many others. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and an Eminent Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her portraits and paintings are in private collections all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Africa and Australia.

Duane Keiser
Mike Kowalski
Mike Kowalski spends most of his time painting watercolors and oils in Australia and overseas. He has been invited to all the major plein air competitions in Australia, winning best of show at the Northwest Plein Air Competition. Mike moved from the Seattle area to Melbourne a few years ago and is excited by the wealth of subject matter he has found there. Most recently Mike was awarded “Best Oil Painting” at the Mornington Art Show, a Jurors Award at the current NWS International exhibit, as well being juried into the prestigious American Watercolor Society. Last year Mike won the coveted Silver Medal of Honor at the 148th AWS International Exhibition for his watercolor “Read All About It”. He is a member of the Watercolour Society Victoria and Victorian Artists Society, and the American Watercolor Society as well as a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. website
Anne Samuel Lewis
Anne Samuel Lewis
Anne Samuel Lewis herself is a collage of teaching and designing experiences. She has taught children and adults at a variety of settings including, the Bellevue Art Museum, Cancer Lifeline and Pratt Fine Art Center. Her teaching style celebrates the belief that art is life enhancing and that every person is a creative being. She values the beauty of creating in a class setting where we are able to both connect to each other and explore ourselves. Her artwork reflects her background as both a graphic designer and textile designer. She earned a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Puget Sound and her teaching credentials from Pacific Oaks College.

Calvin Liang was born in Canton China and first began painting in high school. He completed his art education at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, recognized as one of China’s most prestigious and competitive art academies. In China, his skills as a fine artist were applied to the theatrical industry, where he designed and created sets for operas and musicals for the Canton Opera Institute. Liang moved to the United States in 1987 and continued his profession as a full-time artist. He had a long and successful career creating visual art for the entertainment industry in animation, which included Walt Disney Studio and Nickelodeon Studio. He put in a semester in college learning the ins and outs of animation and eventually helped bring “The Little Mermaid” and “Cinderella” stories to life. He was later employed with Nickelodeon, working on “Angry Beavers” and “SpongeBob.” Ultimately, however, Liang became fascinated by the beautiful California landscape and transformed himself into a fine artist, painting themes of his choosing. Now his well-known sailboats crashing through waves, to rocky California coastline, to Spanish missions of centuries past, Calvin Liang’s masterful oils never fail to impress and inspire. Rediscover beautiful land and seascapes through Calvin’s eyes. He is a signature member of California Art Club, a master signature member of Oil Painters of America, a signature member of Oil Painters of America, and Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association. He is the recipient of numerous art awards and has been featured in many art magazines.

Born in Taiwan, Kathy Liao moved to Southern California with her family at a young age. She completed her Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Boston University where she worked closely with painters John Walker, Richard Ryan, and Harold Radicliffe. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Washington, Seattle, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing. Liao’s creativity is fueled by a sense of play and an excitement for the unique visual language of paint. Strongly influenced by her dual Chinese and Japanese heritage, duality is a theme that repeatedly makes its way into her work. Liao is a recipient of various local and national awards including the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant, Brook Fellowship Scholarship from Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Constantin Alajavo Scholarship from Boston University, and Best of Show at the Collective Vision Gallery Juried Show. website

Lin Lucas
Lin Lucas is a visual and performing artist whose comics and illustrations have appeared in The Stranger, Top Shelf Comics, the Xeric Award-winning Two-Fisted Science, The Psychology of Race, and the French anthology LeDernier Neurone. He is also the writer-artist of the mini-series, Creepy Joe. A highly regarded teaching artist, he has taught cartooning at Seattle’s Northwest School, Gage Academy of Art, Powerful Schools, Pacific ArtsCenter, Path with Art, and at CoyoteCentral. website

David Marty
After studying at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, David Marty’s professional career took him in the direction of graphic design and illustration.  After working for a publisher and owning a successful graphic design studio, David now paints full time. Marty has studied with Scott Christensen, Matt Smith, John Budacin, George Strickland, Michael Workman and Calvin Liang.  He has been featured in American Art Collector and Western Art Collector magazines and an “Artist to Watch” in Southwest Art Magazine. His work has been used on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Celebrity Apprentice.  His work has also been juried into Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, C.M. Russell Art Auction, Salon International and Arts for the Parks Top 100 exhibits. He is represented in galleries in Coeur d’Alene, ID; Edmonds, WA; Jackson Hole, WY; Whitefish, MT; and Santa Fe, NM. David’s work is published by Grand Image, Seattle, WA. He resides in Edmonds, WA.

Kathleen McKeehen

Kathleen McKeehen 
Kathleen McKeehen studied in the Natural Science Illustration post-graduate program at UC Santa Cruz and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where she drew botanical plates for botanists and studied under renowned British botanical artist Christabel King. She has taught botanical drawing and painting to adults since 2004. In all her work, she tries to show the intrinsic qualities of the subject; the beauty of natural objects is apparent when rendered accurately, and she is less interested in an “interpretation” of a subject than in a compelling and realistic image that captures its appearance and essence. website

Theresa Neinas

Theresa Neinas 

Theresa Neinas is a Seattle, Washington based artist who transplanted from the mid-west in 1978. She started out the first year of her educational journey at Viterbo College in La Crosse, Wisconsin and after years of taking fun classes she finally knocked off the science and math classes she need to receive her BA in Art from the University of Washington in 1990 (to her surprise she enjoyed those classes as well). Theresa has been doing lino block prints since 1995 and has been enjoying it’s process ever since. She has taught at Seattle’s Pratt Fine Arts Center and at NWEncaustic. website

Cass Nevada

Cass Nevada
Cass Nevada is an artist and consultant who has worked with numerous biggies such as T-Mobile, Expedia, Google, as well as our own Pratt Fine Arts and Winslow Arts Center to help create a baseline understanding of social media channels and how to use them effectively. She is part of Shift Studio in Seattle and offers artful workshops in her West Seattle studio. Learn more on her website.
Susan OgilvieSusan Ogilvie  

Washington artist Susan Ogilvie’s creative efforts have resulted in a busy gallery exhibition schedule, numerous national awards, and signature status with the Pastel Society of America in New York. She is a respected juror,an accomplished painting instructor, and popular guest speaker. Susan’spaintings are held nationally in many corporate and private collections, and published in The Best of Pastel, The Best of Drawing, and Pure Color: The Best of Pastel. Her work has also been featured in Southwest Art, The Artist’s Magazine, The Pastel Journal, and International Artists. Susan juried the “Landscapes and Interiors” category for The Pastel Journal’s 9th Annual “Pastel 100 Competition.” Ogilvie has a spirited and motivational teaching style and conducts several comprehensive pastel workshops each year. She is a frequent instructor at the Scottsdale Artists’ School and at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops. website

Karen O'Neil

Desmond O’Hagan
Desmond O’Hagan enjoys working in a variety of media, but his primary focus is pastels and oils. Constantly challenging himself has translated into a fulfilling career in fine art encompassing several one-man shows and participation in group exhibitions in the United States, Japan, China, and France. He is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art. O’Hagan has won several awards at the Pastel Society of America’s annual shows in New York City. He has also won the George Innes, Jr. Memorial Award from the Salmagundi Club. At the 1999 International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibition held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, O’Hagan was awarded the Prix’d Pastel Award (Best of Show). In May of 2005, he was inducted into the IAPS “Masters Circle”. His art has been the subject of feature articles in numerous magazines including “The Pastel Journal“ (December 2010, May/ June 2003), “American Art Collector” (August 2008, May 2007), “International Artist” (February 2001), “The Artist’s Magazine” (May 2005, September 1995 and 2001), “U.S. Art Magazine” (September 2002), “Southwest Art” magazine (February 2004, April 2002, and November 1987), “American Artist” (December 1989), “Artists and Illustrators” (England, October 1998), “Gekkan Bijyutsu Art Magazine” (Japan, May 1998), and United Airlines’ “Hemispheres” magazine (January 1996).

Randi Parkhurst
Randi Parkhurst makes artist books and boxes from her home/studio in Olympia Wa. She has taught at the Penland School of Crafts, Seattle Center For Book Arts, The Evergreen State College, La Conner Art Workshops and from her studio. Her books are in the collections of The Evergreen State College, University of Puget Sound and numerous private collections. She has exhibited her work at the Penland School of Crafts (NC), 23 Sandy Gallery (OR), Childhood’s End Gallery (WA) and many Northwest locations. She is a member of the Guild of Bookworkers, the Book Arts Guild at the University of Washington and Puget Sound Book Arts. Randi’s book arts, can be viewed on her video.

Steven Reddy
Steven Reddy draws detailed illustrations of urban scenes, cluttered interiors and complex still-lifes on location in ink and watercolor. A teacher with Seattle Public Schools since 1998, Reddy spent 2010 traveling throughout Southeast Asia, teaching English and recording his experiences in his sketchbook journals. His drawings from China and Mexico appear in Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Journey. Steven currently teaches Drawing and Illustration at Gage Academy in Seattle, teaches two popular on-line classes with, is an active member of Urban Sketchers, and is kept busy with private commissions. Reddy has published three large-format illustrated memoirs which showcase drawings spanning 40 years from his obsessive sketchbook diaries. Now, Where Was I? An Illustrated Memoir, the sequel, This Is Then, That Was Now, a 282-page, full-color, 8.5″ x 11″ illustrated memoir, and Perfect World, A Sketchbook Journal. website:

Britt Rynearson
Britt Rynearson is a textile artist and owner of Chine, whose line of textiles is sold nationwide, including in The Seattle Art Museum. Britt has been in involved in design and fashion her whole life. A painting graduate of Scripps College, she later studied fabric in Italy, silk weaving in Indonesia, and became trained in the Japanese art of shibori. She has studied all aspects of fashion, and now creates wearable art. She is a gifted teacher, drawing from what she has experienced in her personal immersion in fashion. Website

Sarah Sedwick
Sarah Sedwick
Sarah is a Eugene, Oregon artist. Her paintings have found homes across the globe and can be seen at The Gallery at the Watershed in Eugene, and at her home studio, by appointment. She earned a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, with a focus on illustration and painting, and a minor degree in art history. Sarah spends her time working on Daily Painting, writing in her blog and teaching workshops. In the past few years, she has been in two solo shows.  website | blog

Dianna Shyne

Artist/Instructor Dianna Shyne has painted for over 30 years in watercolor, oils and acrylics. Ten years ago she settled on acrylic paint as her medium of choice for its speed, resiliency, flexibility, drying time on location and overall results. She has spent years working on ways to resolve the apparent weakness of the medium and turn them into strengths. Multiple award-winning artist Dianna Shyne infuses her paintings and workshops with a sense of vitality and life-affirming joy. Whether teaching in areas as historically rich as Xian China, as remote as Nunavut Territories, or in her native Pacific Northwest, Dianna is dedicated to the artistic development of her students. To Dianna, teaching is a joy as well as an art.
Elizabeth St. Hilaire

Elizabeth St. Hilaire published her book Painted Paper Art Workshop internationally with North Light Books in August (2016). Elizabeth’s work has also been published in Acrylic Works 3: Celebrating Texture (2015) and Incite 2; Color Passions (2014), both by North Light. A feature article on her work appeared in the April, 2014 issue of The Artists Magazine, she was also a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition (2014 and 2015) and took first place in the category of Collage/Mixed Media for The Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition (2010). St. Hilaire was an award winner in the National Collage Society’s Signature Members Exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, in Mesa AZ (2013). Online, Elizabeth was a Finalist in The Richeson 75 Annual Art Contest (2013). Born and raised in New England, Elizabeth has lived in Central Florida for the past 20+ years. She holds a B.F.A. in Advertising Design from Syracuse University, which prepared her for a dual identity as both communication designer and a painter–these days she’s a full-time fine artist who’s only graphic design client is herself. St. Hilaire has earned Signature Member status with the National Collage Society and crisscrosses the country several times a year to take her painted paper tidbits on the road. Teaching and sharing her collage technique through an intense three day Paper Paintings workshop has become a passion. website

Henry Stinson

Henry Stinson
Northwest artist Henry Stinson began his university training at Washington State University, continued at the Art Institute of Seattle and ended with four years of intensive study, painting with master impressionist teacher Ron Lukas in his Seattle Studio. has been a serious artist for the past 21 years. Stinson has taught drawing and painting for the past 17 years in numerous colleges and privately owned schools and is currently teaching nationally, including workshops at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. He is a gifted instructor, noted most for his unique ability to create vivid color on canvas in a manner which inspires and supports the ideal leaning situation for painting students. He maintains an active painting studio in Washington state and continues to paint on location throughout the United States. He has exhibited his work in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Florida, Washington, and Oregon as well as the United States Embassy in Geneva Switzerland. Whatever the origin, Henry has the singular ability to translate moments into paintings, making his work popular with private collectors both in the US and abroad. website

Michael Story earned a BFA in Fine Art from the University of South Carolina in 1976. He later traveled to New York, studying pastel and oil painting under internationally know artist, Daniel Greene. Today, Michael Story is an award-winning artist who regularly teaches pastel and oil painting, guest lectures, and juries art shows. His client list of private buyers and corporate collectors continues to grow, including the Marriott Corporation, Progressive Energy of Florida, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, Holiday Inn, Fluor Corporation, Erving Texas, and Walt Disney World. Story has work showcased in the Bush Presidential Library in Houston, TX.His paintings have been reproduced by major publishers such as Canadian Art Prints of British Columbia and distributedworldwide. website

Eric Wiegardt  has left an indelible mark on both the American and International art scene. He is one of the few in the world to be awarded both the Gold Medal and Dolphin Fellow from the oldest and most prestigious watercolor society, American Watercolor Society, New York. He was named one of the top ten watercolor masters of today in the world by artmatch4U. He has participated in numerous museum exhibitions throughout the US and China. Eric is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (Dolphin Fellow), National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America (Master Status) and others. He has been awarded the 2012 AWS Gold Medal of Honor, 2014 AWS Judge, among many other national and international awards. 

Eric has been featured in many publications, including Plein Air Magazine, as well as cover artist for both The Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Magazine, featured in “The best Art of 2015”, Watercolor Magazine. He is the author of the book “Watercolor Free and Easy” and also has a video series titled “Painting Loosely from Photographs”. Eric has taught over 5000 watercolorists his popular “Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors” workshop.

Rickie Wolfe

Rickie Wolfe
Rickie Wolfe received a BFA in Printmaking and Painting from Cornish College of the Arts. She is Pratt’s Print Studio Coordinator and her work has been exhibited in galleries around Seattle and can be seen at SAM Gallery and at Fresh Paint Art in Los Angeles. website 

Jordan Wolfson

Jordan Wolfson
Jordan Wolfson is a contemporary painter, born in 1960, and raised in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1991. Wolfson has exhibited extensively both in the United States and abroad and has received numerous awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant and a Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; he was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and the Ballinglen Art Foundation in Ireland. His work has been exhibited by Hirschl and Adler Gallery, J. Cacciola Gallery and the DFN Gallery in New York City. Wolfson is currently represented by Gallery 1261 in Denver, Prographica Fine Works in Seattle, Rothschild Fine Arts in Tel Aviv and Artspace Gallery in Jerusalem. He lives in Louisville, Colorado. website

More Past Instructors:  David Shevlino, Glenn Tramantano, John Ursillo, Jane Hunt, Barbara Jaenicke, Jennifer Diehl, Pam Galvani, Jeannie Grisham William Hook, Holly Hudson, Ann Breckon, Valerie Collymore, Lois Yoshida