Current Instructors

Mitchell Albala
Mitchell Albala 

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 in Seattle. See his work at mitchalbala.com.

Darrell Anderson

Darrell Anderson
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. darrellandersonfineart.com

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.

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.

Tim DeiblerTim Deibler
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

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.

Scott Gellatly is an exhibiting landscape painter and Product Manager for Gamblin Artists Colors. www.scottgellatly.com

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.

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.

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.

John McCormick 
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, McCormick’s  father was an artist, and an accomplished draftsman, so John was given training and encouragement from early childhood. McCormick obtained his B.F.A. from the University of the Pacific where he studied with Larry Walker (father of Kara Walker) and went on to earn a teaching credential at San Francisco State University. Over the past thirty years McCormick has exhibited his work both domestically and internationally.  These exhibition venues include the Triton Museum of Art, the United States Embassy in Moscow and galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Sun Valley and New York.  His work is included in many private and corporate collections including Stanford University and the Nasu Highland Resort in Japan.  Additionally his work was featured in the film Vanilla Sky with actor Tom Cruise.

Stan Moeller was raised in rural, northern Indiana within sight of the Michigan border, in the small town of Scott, population 50. He has taught numerous painting workshop on Monhegan Island, Tuscany and in the South of France and has taught a master class at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he taught courses for seven years. Today Stan and his wife live in York, Maine, on the York River, surrounded by conservation land and farms. He travels frequently to France and Italy for inspiration to sketch and paint. stanmoeller.com

Elizabeth O’Reilly
Elizabeth O’Reilly received her BEd from The National University of Ireland, and an MFA from Brooklyn College. She has participated in residencies at the Ballinglen Foundation, Ireland, the UCROSS foundation, Wyoming and the Ragdale Foundation, Illinois. O’Reilly has received numerous awards including a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, a Charles G. Shaw award for painting and a grant from the Peter S. Reed Foundation. A documentary on her work, Ealaiontoir Thar Saile (AN Artist Abroad) was shown on network TV in Ireland. O’Reilly taught an outdoor landscape class at The New School for Social Research for many years.  She has taught extensively at colleges in New York City, including Parsons School of Design, Brooklyn College and Pratt Institute. She also taught watercolor and collage at The National Academy School.  She currently teaches at The New York School of the Arts in New York City and at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. O’Reilly shows at the George Billis Gallery in Chelsea, New York where she showed in the spring of 2018 with Lois Dodd. Her work has been reviewed in Art In America, The New York Sun and Art News.  O’Reilly’s work is found in many corporate and public collections, including the State Department, Washington D.C., The Office of Public Works, Ireland, the Memphis Brooks Museum in Memphis, TN and the Ogunquit Museum in Maine.  elizabethoreilly.com

Dianna Shyne

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. website
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. website
 

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. 

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. kathleensperanza.com

Elizabeth St. Hilaire

Elizabeth St. Hilaire
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

Eric Wiegardt
 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.

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.

Past Instructors

Dana Aldis

Dana Aldis
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

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

Scott Conary
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
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
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
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.
 
Kathy Liao
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

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 Craftsy.com, 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: www.stevenreddy.com/

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
 
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
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
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, Ned Mueller, Jennifer Diehl, Pam Galvani, Jeannie Grisham, Molly Hashimoto, William Hook, Holly Hudson, Ann Breckon, Larry Calkins, Valerie Collymore, Lois Yoshida,