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I am a mixed media artist, designer and instructor from San Jose, CA (currently residing in Tempe, AZ) with a BA in Creative Arts. I believe that everyone has a unique style and desire to create and that we are born curious and creative. Over the years, many of us are discouraged from following our creative urges but I believe it is never too late to begin (or begin again!). I love to encourage my students to draw from their own experience when creating art and to have the courage to take chances. My art is messy, colorful, layered and fun. I have been drawn to the creative arts since I can remember. My first canvas was pretty much every surface in my grandma’s house: the walls, the books, underneath the marble coffee table in the dining room (she didn’t find out until YEARS later and it remains one of her treasured possessions!). I loved playing school and “art gallery” and my dream was to be an artist and teacher. I love the energy that my students bring to class;I love hearing their stories and guiding them through the fear and frustration and reflecting the joy they experience and cheering them on while they (re)discover their creative voice.
Ruth Chandler grew up in Japan where the vibrant color and texture of Japanese fabric, combined with the simplicity of Japanese design, caught Ruth’s attention. Ruth learned basic Sashiko from an elderly neighbor and at the age of four, and began to create and sew her own clothes at the age of ten which became an outlet for her imagination and creativity. She made her first quilt in 1990, a queen size, hand-appliquéd and hand-quilted Hawaiian pineapple quilt, and she has never looked back. In her own unique style she loves to use new techniques mingled with the old and her work usually shows the influence of her years spent in Japan.
Ruth teaches locally from her home studio and Blue Twig Studio, and nationally at Art and Soul Retreats. Ruth has written several articles for Quilting Arts magazine and blog posts for Havels’ Sewing. Her work has been published in several books. She can also be found on her blog. Ruth is one of the co-authors of the best-selling book, Fabric Embellishment-the Basics and Beyond. Ruth’s newest book modern Hand Stitching is in stores now. Ruth may be contacted for nationwide classes at ruthachandler@ comcast.net.
Ruth lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak with her husband of 37 years. She has a daughter and son, both married and 6 beautiful grandchildren who are being introduced very early to all art forms.
Roxanne Evans Stout is a mixed media artist who lives and creates in the Pacific Northwest. She teaches art workshops throughout the United States and has had her work shown and been published nationally. Roxanne is constantly inspired by natural history, and the mountains and the river lands that surround her home...
this inspiration has always been an integral part of her art.
Book arts, art journaling, encaustic painting and collage are her favorite ways to express herself. Roxanne's most exciting and current project is creating a book on collaging for North Light Books,
It is called Storytelling with Collage, which is available now on Amazon:
Roxanne also designs stencils at StencilGirl, which you can read about here:
You can visit Roxanne's blog here: http://rivergardenstudio.typepad.com
And you can friend her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/roxanne.evansstout
Having a lifelong love of art, Ruth has a diverse background that includes air-brush, Australian cake decorating, stone sculpture, lapidary arts, and fine wire wrap settings.
Ruth is self-taught and enjoys learning from renowned teachers by attending classes taught in a wide variety of jewelry art disciplines.
Her introduction to PMC in 2000 was a dream come true - to be able to work in silver with a true freedom in design. As a Senior Instructor for PMC Connection since 2004 she has taught across the states and internationally. To Ruth the best reward is being able to share and enable others to create their own works of wearable art.
Mary Hettmansperger is the owner of Gallery 64. Mary teaches in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, UK and Singapore internationally. Across the US and at Arrowmont, Penland, Bead and Button, Convergence, National and Regional Fiber conferences, Art and Craft Schools, and private Guilds for 30 years. Mary has authored and illustrated 4 books Fabulous Woven jewelry, Wrap, Stitch, fold and Rivet, and Mixed metal Jewelry workshop, and Heat, Color, Set and Fire, all published by Lark/Sterling. She has also produced 3 DVD’s for Interweave on surface design and jewelry. Other books include, Jewelry Design Challenge, 500 Baskets, Fiber Arts Design Book 7, the Gourd Book, Creative Scarecrows, Pushing the envelope, Fabulous Found object jewelry, Teapots - makers and collectors, Beading with Crystals, and Creative Beading Volume 2. Mary has had work exhibited at private Galleries, SOFA, and invitational exhibits. She does segments for the PBS programming, on-line workshops and you-tube segments – with Beads Baubles and jewels, Make it Artsy and Quilting Art and has had her work published in many magazines, including, Quilting Arts, Art jewelry, Bead and Button, Beadwork, Shuttle Spindle and dye pot, and Crafts Report.
An Assemblage Artist residing in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Erin Keck's artwork results from re purposing found discarded objects. She loves to breathe new life into castaways from yesteryear. Erin's artwork is shown and sold in three prestigious art galleries in Pa. The 2nd Floor in Mechanicsburg, Pa, Village Artisans Gallery in Boiling Springs, Pa, and Perry County Council Of The Arts in Newport, Pa. She has been a Featured Artist in two of the galleries with Private Showings. Recently Erin's work has been published in the book, “1000 Steampunk Creations” by Grymm. Seven of her pieces were chosen for this book. She has taught community craft classes on a monthly basis from 2007 – 2010, and has taught classes at the Charmed I'm Sure Studio owned by friend and colleague and fellow Art & Soul instructor, Jean Van Brederode. Erin has lectured at the Central Pa. Bead and Jewelry Society, and has also taught private classes in her home studio. She has attended Art & Soul retreats for the past three years, and values the inspiration and knowledge that she has received from the Art & Soul instructors.You can see more of Erin's artwork at www.EKCreations.etsy.com. (be sure to view her sold items.)
Liz Kettle is a fabric and mixed media artist with a passion for teaching others the joy of making art and enjoying the creative process. Liz began her explorations in fabric by following a traditional approach to quilting. After filling her tool box with the skills needed for success in the traditional arena she began to delve into the world of art quilting and discovered a world of freedom and fun in mixed media. Liz’s eclectic work is influenced by her beautiful surroundings in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, her love of vintage textiles and history. She incorporates layers and found objects to tell stories of the land and people. When she isn’t creating visual art, Liz writes about creativity and the creative process. Her articles appeared regularly in Quilter’s Home Magazine. Liz is co-author of Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond and Threads: The Basics and Beyond. Liz lives in Colorado with her very supportive husband and is the mother of three amazing sons who are just beginning their own journeys. firstname.lastname@example.org
Art journaling and mixed media art took over my life six years ago. I had been a card-maker before that for about 4 years. However, I did not grow up with a crayon always in my hand. I did well in math and science and was told I am left-brained. That made me content with a heathy respect for art, especially Impressionism.
As life changed, so did I. When health interfered with my plans, I found creativity to fill a space that was empty. I really enjoy getting others involved with creating because it has made me so happy. That is why I am thrilled to be able to teach with Art and Soul.
My experience over the last six years has been attending quality workshops, taking online classes, attending trade shows, local classes, participating in design teams--currently Canvas Corp Brands (includes Tattered Angels and 7 Gypsies), stencil design, and publishing over a dozen articles with Stampington & Co.-- Art Journaling,
Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Memories, and others.
My husband and I have a son and live in West Des Moines, Iowa. I grew up in several parts of the country and have enjoyed some travel. These experiences, studying the Humanities in school, and my many teachers have helped me develop my artistic style. My mom who is a quilter has influenced my use of colors.
Please also check out my writing on the connection between creating and the body on gelpress.com in the Art of Well Being.
Leighanna Light is an art instructor, thingmaker, bookmaker and figurative assemblage artist. Her background is in fine arts and photography, and she has been teaching art workshops for the past 15 years. Leighanna is represented by galleries & museums across the country and her work has been published in numerous books & magazines. “I love to create, to hunt for things to create with & to share my creativity with others. It’s what I live for, it’s my oxygen.” Leighanna grew up in a small town in upstate NY and has spent most of the past 20 years in New Mexico. She currently resides in Taos NM with her best friends Thomas & Lily.
Laurie Longberry is a mixed media artist and the owner of Berry Farm Studios. She loves the American West and was raised in Wyoming and Colorado. She has enjoyed working in a creative field of one type or another since the age of 16. She lives with her amazing husband of 28 years; together they have 4 equally amazing children in their own right. After her kiddos were all in school, Laurie had a desire to go back to school herself to study art. A teaching job with Monart Drawing and Art Studio shortly followed and it ticked all the boxes of her dream job. She has been teaching children, teens and adults on a weekly basis for the last 9 years. Laurie enjoys being a student as much as she enjoys teaching and finds that sitting in the students’ seat always makes her a better teacher. In addition to teaching Laurie was a founding member of Textiles West and cherishes the friendships and the encouragement she has found there. Laurie is currently delving into the wonderful world of illustrating books, teaching almost daily and looking forward to grandbaby #2!
Trish McKinney, is a national and international award winning artist who loves to tell a story through her paintings. She is a Signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, was published as the featured artist/author of an article in Art Journaling Magazine and won numerous awards in national and international exhibitions. Trish describes herself as a Teacher, Painter, Dreamer, Believer, and Artist. One of her favorite quotes is “Instructions for living a [creative] life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” Mary Oliver. Trish loves to inspire students to do these 3 things.
Lisa Morales has a passion for paper and decided eight years ago to put that passion to use as a collage artist. Lisa spent her early years on the performing side of the art spectrum as a professional dancer. It wasn’t until 2008, at the age of 42, that Lisa took a drawing class in community college and fell in love with the visual side of art. Design, color, and collage classes soon followed at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas.
Much like a painter would use oil or acrylic paint as their media, Lisa uses paper to achieve the same result. She paints and textures papers of all kinds to create "mini" pieces of art with each individual sheet of paper. She then uses her artful papers as her palette, tearing and placing the different papers one piece at a time to create collages that are full of color, texture, text, and images.
Lisa is a member of the National Collage Society and is represented by Abbey Road/Penny Lane Fine Art for art licensing. You can find her whimsical images on puzzles, greeting cards, journals and many more gift items throughout the United States.
Carol Nelson is a self-taught mixed media artist known for her vibrant, contemporary abstracts. Her work is a bold exploration of color and texture. Living in Colorado, Carol is inspired by the rocks, cliffs and canyons of the West. Her work is compelling on both a visual and tactile sense.
Carol often features metals, metallic paints, and metal foils in her acrylic work, giving the paintings a soft glow that only metals can achieve. Her palette is rich, earthy, and saturated with the colors of nature.
Known for her innovative methods, Carol is in demand to teach her experimental acrylic techniques to other artists in classes and workshops around the country. Carol has completed training by Golden Artists Colors, Inc. to be a certified Golden Art Educator.
Carol is a member of the International Society of Experimental Artists, and a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters. Her work is collected by corporations, government and civic agencies, and individuals around the world.
Please visit her website to view her portfolio, current representation, and workshop schedule: www.carolnelsonfineart.com
Ever visited a funhouse? You never know what’s lurking around the corner. You creep through, cautious, curious and excited, because something whimsical, odd or mischievous could surprise you, but you enjoy it nonetheless. Mixed Media Funhouse is the art studio of Kristen Penrod. Her “escape” is not one of travel but a journey of the mind. She creates one-of-kind assemblages that can be described as somewhere between whimsical and wicked.
Her assemblages are evolving into bizarre creatures and characters with personalities. Her favorite medium is her imagination. She practices stretching her imagination with regards to the selection of random objects to become different body parts or enclosures that create the characters with a background and story.
Press, Exhibitions and Awards:
Frida Fly and A night with Frida, Dallas Bathhouse 2015
Published Plano Profile Magazine 2016
Self Portal – 3rd Place Plano 125 Exhibition 2016
Where the Wild Things Are – Tyler Texas Exhibition 2016
Stephanie Gagos Handmade Holiday Online Action 2016 (sold out)
Me and My Best Friend….My Imagination – Jurers Merit Award 2017, Grandbury, TX
Life – 3rd Place Texas Sculpture Association 2017
The Dreamer – Plano 125 Exhibition 2017
Board member Texas Sculpture Association 2017
Stephanie Gagos Handmade Holiday Auction 2017 (sold out)
Guest Speaker Brookhaven College Feb 2018, Peoples choice winner for Professional Sculpture at Pop up show
Art Unraveled 2018 Instructor
Stephanie Gagos Handmade Holiday Auction Dec 2018
When you look at Kristen’s art, it invites you to escape, wonder, be surprised or be scared. So admit one ticket and enjoy the ride! www.mixedmediafunhouse.com
Deb Prewitt is a Mixed Media Artist and CZT (certified Zentangle® teacher). She lives in beautiful Colorado, where Mother Nature inspires her on a daily basis. She has always loved art in its many various forms. Over the years she has dabbled in many types and styles of art. Deb knows that all art media are wonderful and you can always learn something that will be useful somewhere else in your life/art. She owns Blue Twig Studio, a mixed media art supply shop and teaching studio. She believes in the power of art and creativity to change a life. If we all create/play just a little bit more, we will be happier people. Which means our families will be happier, and our communities will be happier, and thus the world will be a better place to live in. She has been teaching art for over 7 years and absolutely loves seeing the magic of what students create in her joy/play filled classes.
Tish has been an artist for over 30 years, once her children were grown and off to college she decided to pursue her passion of painting. In 1999 she attended the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughn, Ireland, this experience forever shaped her quest for art and learning new mediums. She has been a full-time artist ever since. She lives in Manitou Springs, CO and has a studio at Cottonwood Center for the Arts where she also teaches.
Always excited to explore new mediums she has become obsessed with Oil & Cold Wax. She says how wonderful it is to have not only found this medium but is incredibly blessed to be able teach others. She has learned through trial and error techniques you will need to help you achieve successful paintings. Having worked in many mediums over the last 30 years she feels like this one helps her express herself more as an artist than any other medium to date. It is not only exciting but forces you to create works that are experimental and insists that you let go and have fun!
An independent studio artist, Debbie was born in New York. Arriving in this country at an early age (8), South Africa quickly became her home.
A porcelain restorer by profession, Debbie has been creating from a really early age. A photo of her at age 3 painting the wall of the house with mud testifies to that talent.
Debbie offers courses and workshops in various media all over South Africa and other exotic places on an ongoing basis.
“I have been given a wonderful gift, of being able to see, design and create in a multitude of mediums. This gift gives me great personal satisfaction, and to be able to share this with others is just awesome”.
Debbie gives credit to her father for her creative streak, he once told her “Just because a tin can is a tin can, doesn`t mean it`s only a tin can….”.
Vinda has dabbled in art and design since she was a young girl. She created her own clothing for years until 1990 when she made her first quilt. She started making art quilts in 1994 loves manipulating fabric and patterns and changing them to her whims. Starting with a plain white piece of fabric she paints to bring the fabric to life. She loves taking realistic images and making them fit her vision. She has won several awards for her Art Quilts, with eight having been on national tours. She started working with acrylic paints with her first Flight Aluminum butterfly in 2014 and loves that she has been able to make it work. In 2014, she started Doodling based on the Zentangle art format. Using Ink and Pencil she creates images filled in with whimsical patterns and designs using her imagination. She has won awards in judged shows for of her VinDoodle pieces. She continues to learn, teach, and create new treasures expressing her art on fabric, in quilts and VinDoodle renderings
Mysteriosity: the place where the hidden draws you closer.
Taska has always played in the dim, dusty, cluttered rooms and shaded tangled woods.
Making art is a way for her to seek out more of these obscure places and learn secrets
from them. Particular mediums and forms like paste paint, encaustics, bookmaking,
assemblage, and found objects lend themselves to building art that looks old, rusted,
dirty, and bound together. Taska’s pieces are tools for exploring and cataloging her
animal guardians and familiars, emotions about her own body, and her dance with
depression. Taska Eugenia Caroline Gage Sanford has been creating and making ever
since she learned to paint, as a child, from her grandmother back in the deep South.
She now lives and creates in Berkeley, CA with her husband, toddler, mother and two
Helen Shafer Garcia is a painter, mixed media artist and award winning illustrator. Her whimsical style shows a love for living creatively with a studio filled to the brim with found objects! She’s currently working with watercolor, pastel and mixed media creating contemporary images on paper along with a series of Icon folklore triptychs with wood, watermedia and found object construction.
For the past 20 years, Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the cover brochures, garden articles and advertisements of numerous International resorts and magazines. Awards include four San Diego Press Club First Place Awards of Excellence in Illustration for San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine.
Helen holds a BA degree in Fine Arts and currently teaches college level Watercolor and Acrylic painting, Book Arts, and Pastel.
Carol’s painting journey started in 1989 when she learned to paint with acrylics during her lunch hour at the office where she worked. If not for the step-by-step process of decorative painting, she would not have been introduced to the world of painting. In 2000, Carol started painting primarily in transparent watercolor and her teaching career was launched. Carol is an Ambassador for Mission Gold Watercolor by Mijello and paints primarily with watercolor accented with multimedia.
Carol’s workshop is a perfect opportunity for the beginner painter as well as the experienced painter to learn techniques enabling them to complete successful paintings. Carol shares her step-by-step approach to painting with students of all levels. All projects include written instructions, a line drawing and a color photo. Drawing ability is not necessary, allowing the student to focus on the mechanics of painting.
The creative backgrounds in Carol’s paintings set her artwork apart from other artists. Her use of color and textures invite you into her joyful paintings. Each lesson is designed to introduce the student to a new technique or way of looking at art. Students paintings are successful when they “trust the process” of Carol’s methodical instructions. No two paintings are alike, and that is a good thing!
Like many of us, Carol works full time and therefore, takes her painting time seriously and perhaps has a greater appreciation for time spent painting. Painting is her joy and often times, her therapy. As much as she enjoys painting, Carol’s love is teaching painting to others. Carol is a popular instructor at decorative painting conventions sharing her joy of painting with watercolors and mixed media to over 500 students throughout the North America each year.
A lifetime resident of Minnesota, Carol lives in a 100+ year old house in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband Coz and their two cats, Mickey and Bailey.
Jacqueline Sullivan is a mixed media artist and calligrapher. She has served on the faculty of several International Calligraphy Conferences. For several years she has taught classes at art retreats, conferences and colleges in the United States and Canada.
I was trained as a teacher, but art has always been a part of my life. I feel fortunate to have found an art form, enameling, and also making mixed-media jewelry, that brings excitement into my life each and every day. My work is always changing, always a surprise! Having been seduced, empowered, enriched, & invigorated by metals & glass, I happily dedicate myself to creating and teaching others the joys of enameling!
My work has been featured in 500 Art Necklaces, Steampunk Magazine, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Green Craft Magazines.
When I’m not teaching workshops or hosting other instructors at Charmed I’m Sure Studio in south-central PA, I am tending to three Etsy shops – Enamel Warehouse – http://enamelwarehouse.etsy.com, Art Girls’ Tools – http://artgirlstools.etsy.com, and Charmed I’m Sure Studio - http://charmdimsur.etsy.com.
I can be contacted at email@example.com
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