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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.
As a lifelong Naturalist, I got an early start. As a kid, I remember lying on my belly in the woods studying the delicate curls of moss fronds for hours. I was mesmerized by the way the silhouette of dark winter branches made leaded glass windows, with the sky gliding by behind them. I was transfixed by sunlight illuminating a leaf or flower petal, making it radiantly alive. As an adult, my love affair continues, getting out in Nature every chance I get.
My life has been full of other adventures, too, such as sitting at the feet of the Dalai Lama in the foothills of the Himalayas, being lost on a frozen river in Lapland, and temporarily enjoying being a land Baroness. I’ve created and managed several businesses. I can run a chainsaw and mix an exact color match from scratch.
My current and passionate project related to celebrating our natural world is large scale paintings of blossoms from the point of view of a bee. I see this project, through compelling colorful large visuals as a way to shake up our human-centric point of view and engage out empathy and compassion.
Jane Davies is a full time artist working in collage, painting. She offers workshops nationwide, focusing on helping people to find a personal and playful approach to art making. Beginning as a potter in the early nineties, Davies gradually transitioned into freelance art, using painting and collage as her medium. For the past five years she has put most of her efforts towards teaching, writing, and making art. She is the author of three books on collage and mixed media, one on ceramics, and has one DVD on painting and collage techniques.
Jenny describes her style of painting with acrylics as “magical realism,” where she uses the process of intuitively building up layers and then coaxing out a concept either through discovery or deliberate placement, as one where she celebrates the essence and not just the likeness of her subjects. She believes that it is by putting one’s personal and meaningful intersections with a concept onto the canvas that a painting transforms from décor to a true work of art.
Jenny was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States in 1974 and grew up in Bakersfield, California. She is author and packager of numerous art and crafting books and considered a leader in the world of art and craft publishing. She is former Editor-in-Chief and Director of Publishing for Stampington & Company’s Somerset Studio and its sister publications.
Jenny is head of Studio Crescendoh in Santa Ana, California where she teaches painting and fiber arts and shows her work in a gallery setting. The studio also hosts visiting artists who teach painting and mixed media.
Caitlin Dundon is a Seattle mixed media artist, professional calligrapher and instructor with over 20 years of experience. Known for her signature style of calligraphy combined with her colorful paintings, she creates custom pieces for individuals and corporate commissions. She’s been published and written articles for Somerset Studio and Art Journaling magazines and been featured in the international calligraphy publication Letter Arts. She has taught at mixed media and calligraphy conferences throughout the United States and Canada including Art & Soul, Art Unraveled, Art is You, Letters of Joy, Ghost Ranch, Mendocino Art Center, the University of Washington and Upward Bound. Her art has also been licensed for printing and manufacturing and has been sold at Target, Walmart and Kohl's. Her new book, The Painted Word: Mixed Media Lettering Techniques (Schiffer Publishing) has been receiving rave reviews. Her art has also been published in Lesley Riley’s Creative Lettering Workshop and the first edition of The Coloring Studio.
Daniel Essig creates wood-covered art books and book-based sculptures. Using a fourth-century binding known as Ethiopian-style Coptic, he creates mixed-media book structures that incorporate unusual woods, handmade paper, found objects, fossils, and mica. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he has a studio at the Grovewood Gallery.
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. email@example.com
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.
Roxanne Lingle is a mixed media artist with a flair for fun and excitement as a teacher. She has taught for many years and has enjoyed being an instructor, not only in Colorado, but in Minnesota and Florida as well. Her work can be seen in several art galleries and unique boutiques in the area. Roxanne loves the variety mixed media has to offer. She comes alive in helping others find their “ah ha” moments and is an encourager by nature. Roxanne creates from the heart and believes art has the amazing ability to touch another person , right down to their soul. She is so excited to be a part of the fabulous Art and Soul Retreat!
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.
Carol Nelson is a Colorado contemporary mixed media painter, juror and art instructor. She has been teaching workshops around the United States for over 10 years. She has been a member of the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA), and a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) and has been recognized with many competitive awards by national art magazines and organizations. She is credentialed with the Golden Artist Educator program sponsored by Golden Artist Colors.
Her work has evolved over the years from representational to more abstract in style. Her abstract work is full of vibrant color and unusual textures. She often uses metals, metal foils, and metal leaf in her work. Her process involves applying layers of color and texture to create an intricate and complex statement. In addition to private instruction in her Colorado studio, Carol teaches many workshops annually around the United States.
Carol’s work is featured in her two gallery books, Geologic Abstracts, and 100 Portraits. Her instructional video, “New Approaches to Mixed Media Materials,” has received fabulous reviews and is available through Bluprint (formerly Craftsy.) To see a preview of her video, click here: http://shrsl.com/rs07
Please see more of her work on her website, www.carolnelsonfineart.com.
Her life journey gives Jacqueline Newbold a never-ending source of inspiration to represent gems of the world in her color-filled paintings. Her watercolor journal has become a visual diary and constant companion everywhere she travels. Using a warm and playful color palette, Jacqueline enjoys capturing a moment in time by painting the dappled sunlight on a field of lavender, or the brilliance of a tropical beach. She introduces color in the shadows and sun-drenched areas, which creates a luminous glow in her paintings. Primarily a watercolor artist, she uses her watercolor journal as a springboard for exploring creative ways to incorporate mixed media into her art and providing the bases for her larger creations.
Jacqueline is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, the Northwest Watercolor Society and the High Desert Art League. She teaches watercolor workshops locally, nationally as well as leading painting workshops in France and Italy. She has several articles published in the mixed-media magazine, Cloth-Paper-Scissors about creating art while on your journey. Jacqueline has partnered with Daniel Smith Art Supplies to create a watercolor traveling kit. Her self-published book, Watercolor Journeys is a helpful guide for beginning to advanced watercolor enthusiasts and her workshop DVD with Interweave has just been released: Art Journals On-The-Go: How to pack, prep, paint, and more.
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.
Lisa Renner is a mixed-media artist who enjoys making art on many levels. Her interests include bookmaking, encaustic, jewelry and working with polymer clay, particularly creating figurative sculpture. She teaches workshops nationally and enjoys sharing her techniques and creations with others.
Her work has been featured in publications such as Art Doll Quarterly and Somerset Studios. She has been published in several books, including: The International Contemporary Artists, Volume V, which featured her Talisman Wizards, and Incite: Dreams Realized, The Best of Mixed Media by Northlight Books, featuring her Polymer Pod dolls.
Lisa is a member of the International Polymer Clay Association, and the International Encaustic Association.
One of her handmade Faux-Ivory polymer clay books is part of the permanent exhibit at The Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut.
I have dabbled in art and design since I was a young girl. I made my own clothing for years, often without a pattern, and in 1990 I made my first quilt. In 1994, I created my first art quilt. I’m drawn to the peaceful and calming feeling I get when I paint a plain white piece of fabric, adding colors or manipulating it using various techniques to bring the fabric to life. In addition to taking realistic images and making them fit my vision, I enjoy creating my own fantasy characters and creatures.
I have won several awards for my art quilts, many of which have been on national tours. I started working with acrylic paints for my first “Flight” aluminum butterfly (an annual Colorado Springs-based fundraising project) in 2014. Also in 2014, I started doodling based on the Zentangle art format, which allowed me to discover my own teaching technique: VinDoodles. Using ink and pencil, I create images filled in with whimsical patterns and designs, as I let my imagination go wherever it leads me. I have won awards in judged shows for many of my VinDoodle pieces. I love teaching, learning, and creating new treasures, expressing my art on paper, fabric, in quilts, and VinDoodle renderings.
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With an ‘I can make that’ attitude, Anni is self-taught in many facets of art.
Among them are fiber arts, book binding, beading, painting and lots of experimenting. It is thru all that experimenting that ideas are constantly being born. This is Anni’s 5th year teaching workshops at Art and Soul.
Anni and her husband live in the Chicago suburbs. They have two grown children. This is Anni’s 26th year volunteering with a beloved 31-year-old Red-tailed hawk, and a wee Screech owl. After hand feeding these beautiful birds, she hikes 4+ miles of wooded trail. Nature and conservation play a huge role in her daily life and is often depicted in her art work.
I am a self-taught, mixed media artist who primarily uses old, unloved, about-to-be-discarded hard cover and paperback books to create folded book art. I have displayed my work at the Colorado State Fair, the Pueblo Art Guild, the Pueblo Library System, the Sangre de Cristo Art Center Own Your Own holiday sale, and various arts and crafts fairs in the area.
I also create other kinds of art - wood creations, pebble art, fiber and other abstract art as the spirit moves me!
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.
Donna is an award winning mixed media collage painter who has traveled extensively around the U.S. and Canada as a juror and popular workshop instructor. Her works have been accepted into numerous juried national and international exhibitions and she has received many awards. She has signature memberships in both the American and National Watercolor societies. Her works have been widely published in art magazines like American Artist and The Artist’s Magazine and books including MASTERS COLLAGE: Major Works by Leading Artists, and THE PULSE OF MIXED MEDIA by Seth Apter. Through her love for collage, Donna has been exploring her Japanese heritage. She considers her two trips to Japan as a pilgrimage to search for deeper meaning in her work.
Her works can be found at the Seattle Art Museum sales gallery, Lucia Douglas Gallery and Matzke Fine Art.
Growing up with creative, artsy parents, Libby’s childhood was a world of fabric scraps and yarn, pins and needles, paint, Elmer’s Glue, and a whole lot of Scotch Tape. Needlework projects were always in the works. School-day afternoons were spent fashioning doll clothes from remnants, embroidering on anything that could hold a stitch, and learning the art of patchwork quilting. As an art major in college, Libby focused on the classic techniques of printmaking but still found time for knitting and fiber arts projects. Her printmaking background led to a passion in surface design on fabric which her current work reflects. Though she has constructed many a quilt with traditional quilting techniques, her current focus is in the making of art quilts using layers of hand-painted and dyed fabrics, appliquéd layers of free-motion stitched components and embedded found objects. She is a proud hoarder of all things “fiber” and thrives in a world of stitch and sew.
Libby teaches art quilting and sewing to students of all ages in her studio in Orange, CA and at destination retreats. In her world, not much can trump paint caked beneath her fingernails, needles and thread, and a bowl of vanilla ice cream.
For your convenience, you may pre-order your materials for classes! Your materials will be waiting for you at the retreat. And you can always purchase additional materials at the retreat.