Mitchell Albala is the author of “Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice” (Watson-Guptill/Random House, 2009). A national bestseller, it has been called “a new classic in landscape art” (Katherine Tyrell, Making a Mark). He also hosts a popular landscape painting blog at blog.mitchalbala.com. He has been a respected and dedicated teaching artist for more than 25 years, and currently teaches at Winslow Art Center, Gage Academy of Art, Pacific Northwest Art School, and in 2015, Arte Umbria in Italy. He has also lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators (UK) magazines. His atmospheric and semi-abstracted landscapes have been exhibited nationally and he is currently represented by lisaharrisgallery.com in Seattle. See his work at mitchalbala.com.
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Idaho artist 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
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. He lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington and often paints near his cabin in Montana. website
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.
Ann Breckon decided to seriously focus on her art in the fall of 1993. Her paintings were readily accepted into local galleries and she has participated in numerous solo and group shows. Her paintings have been displayed in the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and been included in numerous local and national exhibitions, winning many awards. She is currently a signature member of both the National Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society, and is included in the American Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and the Eastside Association of Fine Arts. Ann also juried into the professional Women Painters of Washington, where she served two years as president. A popular and experienced teacher, she offers regular classes, workshops and demonstrations throughout the Seattle area. Her art is held in personal, corporate and The United States Air Force collections. website
Larry Calkins is well- known for his sculptures of clothing. These are fashioned from paper and cloth and are rubbed with wax, pigments and soot and hung from hand-wrought iron hangers and are reminiscent of Shaker and Amish aesthetics in their simplicity. Calkins also creates small paintings on wood or wood-mounted canvas. These works are primitive in style but highly complex and sophisticated in nature. At once engrossing and disturbing, Calkins’ paintings call upon images and iconography associated with childhood but presented in a context that is almost nightmarish. Born in a small logging community in Oregon the artist carries his interest in childhood over into his series of sculptures, which revolve around the same iconography. He has also created several complete artist books. website
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
Seattle artist Valerie Collymore has studied under such well-known artists as Ned Mueller, Jim Lamb, C.W. Mundy and Daniel Gerhartz. Through works attentive to the “in-the-moment” character of a scene, to design, color and unusual light effects, and striving for a painterly impressionist style, her hope is to share the visual feast that is the magnificent creation that surrounds us and to connect with viewers through shared experiences. Collymore is represented by the Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA and Galerie Marie, Collingswood, NJ.
Scott 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
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.
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, 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.
Tim 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.” website
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Jennifer’s ability to focus and work on her drawings at an early age was noticed by all. In her early teens, Jennifer studied Russian Impressionism with Henry Stinson, who became her mentor.
She has recieved numerous study scholarships and awards, and currently works as a full time painter in Oregon. In addition to her painting Jennifer teaches, attends workshops, shows and does plein air painting. website
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
Pam has been a calligrapher for 35 years. Her earliest teachers emphasized the discipline and structure of lettering; that initial focus continues to influence her work today. She continues to study with expert calligraphers at least once a year. Pam has a studio on Bainbridge Island. Her work can be seen in many venues, including Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery. website
No one knows color like Scott Gellatly. As the Product Manager for Gamblin Artists Colors, he consults with oil painters worldwide on technical issues and is involved in developing and testing all of Gamblin oil colors and mediums. Scott has given presentations on oil painting materials throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon and has exhibited his paintings throughout the west coast. His work can be seen at. website
Jeannie has been painting for over 40 years. She was educated at Washington State University in Fine Arts and at Burnley School of Professional Art (Now called Seattle Art Institute) and at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Lyme Connecticut. She has worked in the advertising business for years before advancing out on her own in Watercolor and Water-media. She is Past President of Northwest Watercolor Society and Women Painters of Washington and a Signature member or National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West and Transparent Watercolor Society. Jeannie has exhibited world wide and won several awards including the National Academy of Design in New York. Her works is included in collections all over the US including Italy, Germany, England and Ireland. website
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
Seattle resident Molly Hashimoto studied illustration at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle. In addition to the outdoor seminars that she teaches at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology at Cascade Head on the Oregon coast, the North Cascades Institute in North Cascades National Park and the Yellowstone Institute in Yellowstone National Park, Molly Hashimoto offers programs for the King County Library System and Sno-Isle Library System. She has worked with students and patrons
of all ages. Her mission is to connect them to nature and cultural history
through hands-on art experiences.Hashimoto’s paintings have been published as notecards, holiday cards and gift books by Pomegranate Communications. Her work has been exhibited at the White Bird Gallery in
Cannon Beach, Oregon, the Michael Pierce Gallery in Seattle, the
Whatcom Museum of Art in Bellingham, Washington and the Elisabeth Miller Library at the University of Washington’s Center for
Urban Horticulture. website
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
Bill is a Seattle based artist, internationally known for his masterful watercolor interpretations of industrial and urban settings. His drawing and observational skills were developed during a 30 year career as a highly respected and awarded architectural illustrator. He is a signature member of the NWWS, NWS and CWA. He was a finalist in the Art of Watercolor Magazine world watercolor competition in Narbonne, France and is currently included in the International Watercolor Society CANADA exhibition in Vancouver, BC. Most recently he was commissioned to paint the image for the 2016 Windermere Cup Poster and will be a featured artist in the August 2016 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine. website
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
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
Holly Hudson received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2010. Prior to this, she received a degree in Painting and Drawing from Fairhaven College, followed by three years of study in the Aristides Classical Atelier at Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle. Holly has taught students of all age levels and abilities. Her diverse teaching experience includes teaching drawing and painting on St. Barth’s in the French West Indies as an Artist in Residence, teaching at the Altos de Chavon School of Design in the Dominican Republic in conjunction with Parsons the New School of Design and the New York Academy of Art, and assisting with Seattle’s Gage Academy of Art’s Teen Fine Art programs. She has also taught privately. website
Jane Hunt is an award winning painter and faculty member of the 2016 Plein Air Convention. After moving to the US as a teenager, Jane Hunt studied illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She continued her art education by experiencing art communities in France, England, Indonesia and China while studying various painting techniques. She now resides in Colorado, where she continues to be awed and inspired by the natural beauty surrounding her. Drawn to the sweeping landscapes of the west, Hunt works primarily in oils, often creating smaller pieces en plein air. Jane Hunt’s work is internationally collected, and is represented by notable galleries in the US, as well as her native England. Jane is a signature member of women artists of the West and Plein Air Artists of Colorado, as well as an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionists Society, Plein Air Painters New Mexico, Laguna Plein Air Association, Outdoor Painters Society and many more.
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.
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.
Barbara Jaenicke works in oil and pastel, and strives to capture light-filled landscapes using an impressionist style. She holds Signature Memberships in the Oil Painters of America (OPA), American Impressionist Society (AIS) and Pastel Society of America (PSA), and has earned the distinction of Eminent Pastelist in the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). Included among her awards are the People’s Choice award in the 2014 AIS Juried Exhibition, 2nd Place in Plein Air Magazine’s 2014 April/May Plein Air Salon, and a Finalist award in Southwest Art magazine’s 2014 Artistic Excellence competition. Her work has also been published numerous times in the Pastel Journal. After living in the Atlanta, Georgia area for 23 years, Barbara and her family relocated in May of 2015 to Bend, Oregon. Primarily a landscape painter, she’s excited to now explore and paint the spectacular scenery of central Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
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.
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 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.
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 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 Le
Dernier 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 Arts
Center, Path with Art, and at CoyoteCentral. website
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
Ned Mueller is a highly respected and accomplished artist who has been drawing and painting for over 60 years. A graduate of the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, he has participated in many major invitational shows,, including the “Artist’s of America Show”, “Great American Artist’s Show”, “Prix de West Show”, “Oil Painters of America”, “Pastel Society of America”, and the annual “Plein Air Painters of America Exhibition”. A Signature member of the Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of America, California Art Club, Northwest Pastel Society, Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters, Northwest Rendezvous Group, and the American Society of Marine Artists, he has won numerous awards, shows in some of the finest galleries in the country, and is included in many private fine art collections. Last year Mueller was unanimously chosen by other Master Artists to be a Master Artist with the Oil Painters of America. Ned continues to challenge himself to grow artistically and is asked to jury regional and national art shows. He is in demand to teach classes and workshops locally and nationally. website
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 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.
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,
accomplished painting instructor, and popular guest speaker. Susan’s
paintings 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
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 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.
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
Meticulously torn bits of hand-painted papers, delicately put together, form the exceptionally vibrant collages created by Artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson. Richard Colvin, curator for the Maitland Art Center says, “Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson’s artworks have a fresh quality that belies the way they are constructed.” Nelson’s “Paper Paintings” were featured in a solo exhibition at Maitland Art Center (September, 2010) called Exquisite Harmony and she was a First Place Winner in the category of collage for The Artist’s Magazine (2010) A tremendously versatile artist, she also plays the violin with the Maitland Symphony Orchestra, and works as a professional graphic designer.
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
David Shevlino studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (certificate ’84) and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA ’92). His work has been featured in national publications and he has exhibited his work and taught workshops throughout the U.S. He has also produced a series of videos and DVDs about his artwork and painting methods.
My exposure to art began as a teenager growing up in NJ near NYC. I began making trips to art museums in NYC when I was 15 and developed a love of traditional figurative painting. As a youth I found myself especially drawn to the old masters. Those early trips to the museum instilled in me a love of craft and a sense of where painting comes from. website
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. website
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. website
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
Glenn Tramantano is a mixed media artist and a recent transplant to Seattle, WA from the east coast. He received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He also teaches painting and drawing at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle and at North Seattle Community College. His work deals with issues of sexuality, nature and design He has exhibited his work across the U.S. website
The love of light is John Ursillo’s inspiration. He works primarily in colored pencil on a variety of surfaces and in widely different techniques yet always with a proclivity toward realism. One reviewing author wrote of his work – “The subject matter and composition always leaves the viewer with a visual mystery.” Ursillo holds that once the obvious subject has been taken in, there should always be something suggested rather than stated to help the viewer get beyond the what of the piece to the why. website
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 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
Lois Yoshida turned her focus to a long-held interest in art after earning degrees in medical technology and microbiology from the University of Washington and participating in the development of a biotechnology company. She is fortunate to have been able to study with a well-known master sumi-e artist in the Northwest. Lois’ award-winning paintings have been exhibited in group shows, solo exhibits, and juried shows throughout the Northwest and internationally. Her work can be found in private collections in Washington, California, Maine, and Hawaii. She formerly taught sumi painting at the Bellevue Arts Museum and currently at the Kirkland Arts Center, Path With Art (Seattle), and in her Tacoma studio. website