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Nature is one of her biggest passions in life and one of the biggest inspirations in her work. It’s not uncommon to find that she has incorporated natural materials into her clay like, rocks, dirt, feathers, or the lavender she grows.
Leslie is known for her ability to express raw emotion in her work. What she feels flies out of her fingertips and becomes Leslie Art. This process is as natural to her as breathing. Polymer clay is the media that she expresses herself with.
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.
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.
Instructor Caitlin Dundon is a mixed media artist and professional calligrapher with over 20 years of experience. She has written articles for Somerset Studio magazine and the Somerset Place blog and has also had her artwork featured in Letter Arts and Seattle magazine. She has been at instructor at Art & Soul Mixed Media Retreats, Art Unraveled, Art is You, Artmakers Denver, Letters of Joy and the West Coast Calligraphy Society. She has also taught students from The Bush School, University of Washington’s Experimental College and Upward Bound. Dundon art has been licensed for the home décor market and has been spotted at Target, Walmart, HomeGoods and Kohl’s. Her work has also been published in Lesley Riley’s Creative Lettering Workshop and the first edition of The Coloring Studio.
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
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
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 5 years and absolutely loves seeing the magic of what students create in her joy/play filled classes.
I’ve always done something artistic. I’ve done Macramé, stained glass, sewed all my clothes, knitted, crocheted, needlepoint, embroidery, and even combined several for my own type of “mixed media”. Art helps me keep my sanity and gives me such satisfaction. Through the years I’ve found making jewelry and books to be my two biggest obsessions. I love to teach, and in particular, book making.
Susan has been creating art, teaching and learning for 30 years. She studied Fine Art at Millersville University and taught informally in Pennsylvania before taking a telecommunications career opportunity in Minneapolis.
Heavily influenced by her original art family in Pennsylvania; Her paintings and creations have always included mixed media before she knew the term. Favorite materials seen commonly in her pieces include shredded money, eggshells and items found outside on the ground. Many pieces are tediously assembled using micro brushes and tweezers to place tiny parts into place.
Susan currently teaches in her Ohio studio, various galleries and local creative spaces. She is particularly fascinated with helping people get past the fear of a blank canvas and creative camaraderie.
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Originally from Maryland, I have lived most of my adult life in Pennsylvania, where I currently reside in Shrewsbury with my husband (and biggest fan), two dogs, and two cats. Our children are all happily married and busy raising our grandchildren. In 2006 I retired after 30 years from McCormick & Company and started work in earnest on my real passion of creating jewelry. My workshop is in my home, where I also enjoy teaching my craft.
Making jewelry has been a passion of mine for years, and over time I discovered I especially loved working with sterling and fine silver and beautiful gemstones.
I’m a member of the Central Pennsylvania Bead and Jewelry Society, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, the York Town Craft Guild, and a juried member of the Yellow Breeches Craft Guild.
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.
DeAnne Olguin Williamson is a mixed media artist and art journaling teacher from Southern California. She spent many years as a graphic designer before focusing solely on her true love of fine art. She has found her unique artistic point of view by working in mixed media. DeAnne has showcased her fine art at many galleries around the country but has now added teaching to her list of passions. It’s become a way for her to dig deep about what inspires her and how she can use her art to connect with others. Most people want to live a life filled with passion and she believes that by getting in tune with our inner voices and our authentic selves, our life’s passions reveal themselves to us. They help us to live a life filled with purpose and allow us to dream big for the future. DeAnne now lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband and two kids. She teaches art journaling regularly and has taught online with some of the best art journaling teachers around the world in the online course “21 Secrets”.
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.