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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.
Lisa Bebi, since a small child, has loved two things: looking through snapshots in her family album and painting as expression. For over three decades, the San Diego native has married these two things together, and her work has received international awards and recognition for its content, style, and color. Lisa received her BA in fine arts from SDSU, where she developed as a colorist, straddling representation with abstraction. Daughter of a journalist, Lisa always finds ways to tell the untold story she sees in snapshots. “I love the authenticity of the snapshot. It’s a single moment in time but by painting it I can extend that moment, revel in it and bring to life characters and scenarios that I fancy. Working this way gives me enormous pleasure.” She extracts the “behind, the behind” using innovative techniques and finesse. Over the course of her life she has received awards, accolades, and endorsements. She has been a longtime contributor to many international mixed-media magazines and several books; has taught in artist residencies locally and internationally; is a Golden Paints educator; and is often a local juror.
Clarissa Callesen is an international artist and instructor working in sculpture and installation art. Her chosen medium is discarded materials, found objects and textiles specifically. Her work and teaching are inspired by her choice of non-traditional materials. In choosing this medium, it is her objective to explore the margins and to find beauty and value in that which our society has discarded. Clarissa has exhibited her art throughout the US, including the Museum of Northwest Art and solo exhibitions in Seattle, WA, Bellingham, WA, and Boise, ID. She was an artist in residence at Playa Artist Program in Summer Lake, OR, Brush Creek Foundation in Saratoga, WY, and Surel’s Place in Boise, ID, and North Street Collective in Willits, CA. Her work has appeared in the books “Who’s your Dada?” and “Art without Waste” and in many Somerset publications. Clarissa has been sharing her passion for creativity for 15 years teaching both nationally, internationally, and online. Her teaching style is down to earth and fun; embracing spontaneity and cherishing “mistakes” while challenging students to look at creativity in new and innovative ways.
My work is evolutionary, an ever changing palette of colors in constant motion. As a painter, I find the process of applying paint to canvas a bit sexy. Intimately developing a relationship to the movement across the surface and losing myself in the strokes of color the brush leaves behind.
Because my art takes root in its color, I begin placing the colors like a map intuitively allowing the composition to reveal itself. The paintings develop in response to the energy created and it is as meditative as it is necessary to my personal connection to my art. I love a challenge of switching between media and it is not unusual to find me varying my canvas size from 6” to 6'.
To learn more visit donnadowney.com
Rochelle has always loved art – it has been a way to express herself and her style. Her road to creating jewelry began 12 years ago where she attended a chandelier class in Cortona, Italy. From that point on she fell in love with the art of soldering and jewelry making. It truly has been the best journey of her life meeting so many wonderful people, learning new things, and opening many doors to new opportunities.
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.
I am a self-taught mixed-media artist, High School Art Educator, and native Texan. The first half of my life was filled with music - playing piano, singing, directing - creating color and emotion with notes and rhythms. Then the sounds began to fade and melodies became more difficult to hear; I had to face the fact that being a musician was no longer a part of my future. However, I was lucky and very stubborn. Life is nothing without passion and in that search for meaning, I discovered a previously unknown talent that excites me even more than music!
Color and texture make me happy and fill my paintings with joy. But, bottom line for me? Creating art MUST be fun; it must be satisfying; it must be fulfilling. I came to visual arts so late in life that I don’t have time to waste doing things I hate or that bore me. I don’t want to think, I want to DO and let my hands and imagination work together to make something beautiful. I just want to pretend I am in Kindergarten where everything is bright and new and exciting (plus, lots and lots of finger painting) and NO rules!
Pamela Sue Johnson began making art 15 years ago as a hobby for relaxation. “I went to art school at my kitchen table,” jokes Pamela who has become a popular art instructor in her community. Known for her engaging style of teaching, Pamela guides her students to tap into their creative nature for inspiration.
Pamela has a focus on teaching mixed-media collage, watercolor painting and also acrylic painting.
Pamela has been featured in Somerset Studio magazine and also local media. Her classroom teaching as well as her online presence has attracted her a lively following who enjoy her free and loose style of art making. “All art tells a story,” says Pamela. “I love to inspire and empower students to find their creative voice to tell their own stories.”
Pamela lives in Vancouver, Washington. To learn more about Pamela visit her website or find her on social media where she often posts about her artful life.
Facebook : @pamelasuejohnson
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.)
Sadie Kern is a Cincinnati based digital illustrator working from her small home studio. Having been raised by an artist, Sadie’s passion for creating started as soon as she could hold a pencil. Her studies in Fine Art through high school and college have given her priceless experience in a multitude of different mediums. Sadie currently works as a studio assistant, graphic designer and digital portraitist.
I adore fabric, stitching and mixing up my media with whatever I have at hand. I am even more passionate about teaching others the joy of making and enjoying the creative process. Creating is the secret sauce that makes a full life. I have been teaching since 2006 when my first book was published and my classes are designed to have fun and be experimental and make a delicious mess while unearthing our unique artistic voices. I am the creator of the Stitch Meditation Process. This process brings together mindfulness and creative experience in a daily practice that reduces stress, relaxes the body and engages the right brain.
Art is our universal language. From pre-historic bison scratched onto a cave wall, to the fervent expression of religious faith brushed onto a chapel ceiling; humans have been driven to leave a legacy of their hopes and dreams etched in stone, wrought in metal or wood, woven in cloth or painted on paper and canvas. It is a unique characteristic of human nature to create visual form that goes beyond function into abstract thought. No culture, past or present, has failed to leave this expression of their existence and humanity. The message can be patently obvious as an epic battle immortalized in a Medieval tapestry or as enigmatic as a legion of stone heads staring out to sea on a long deserted island. It can be as realistic as a photograph or as abstract as swathes of color. Art can be used to invoke spirits or exorcize demons. I am driven to speak with my hands, to translate my visions into a form that bridges all language barriers. My visions come from my perception of the world around me, dreams and faint remembrances of lifetimes lost in the past. I am a storyteller at heart and my quilts are my stories.
I was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula in central California, a beautiful area that served as an inspiration to set me onto a creative path for life. From a very early age I showed a keen interest in art, starting with drawing and painting and exploring different mediums for my self-expression. In the early 70's, I turned my attention to fiber and fabrics with a focus on quilting and embroidery. For the last 40 years or so, fiber and quilting has been my primary focus and passion.
In 1991, we moved to the Pacific Northwest. I began teaching fiber and quilting classes in 1999. Over the years, my work has won awards at local, regional and national shows and the recognition has served me well in promoting myself as a teacher. In 2006 I received a nomination for the ‘Teacher of the Year’ by Professional Quilter Magazine another teacher ultimately won the top award but to be nominated was an honor itself. Some of my quilts have appeared in the pages of books and the cover of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine; and I have written articles for various magazines and currently design quilt patterns. This year, I became a fabric designer for Northcott Fabrics and my first line comes out in May of 2018.
In addition to art and quilting, I have a passion for gourmet cooking, books (the only place I can get into worse trouble than a fabric store), films and music.
I'm a lifelong artist, crafter, designer, and world traveler from Herndon, Virginia. I've been involved in arts and crafts my entire life, trying anything from drawing lessons to paper crafts and finally finding my true home as a mixed media artist. My work has been displayed in galleries and can be found in private collections around the world. I have also been published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio, and Creative Scrapbooker magazines. I'm a columnist and stencil designer for StencilGirl Products and I have a line of embossing powders and embellishments with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies as well as a line of rubber stamps with PaperArtsy. I'm also a member of AFCI.
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.
Angela has been creating fiber art, writing patterns, and teaching classes for over 20 years. Teaching her style of Mixed Media in Textiles, where students learn that Yes they can! and the joy of creation from the heart is her passion.
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.
Melissa Monroe is a self-taught multimedia artist, painter, rug maker, and costume mask maker. She has shown and sold her work in many galleries around the world. Her newest passion is rug making, which has gained space in the textile world. Using a tufting machine she paints with yarn, creating 3-d artwork that you can't help but touch. Melissa works at her home studio in Portland with artist partner Jesse Reno, as well as her 3 kids and two dogs. Her work is inspired by her work, her life, textures, and colors.
Melissa's artwork is a personal display of vulnerable emotions. Figures and forms show themselves authentically. Beyond their personas they stand in true form to be observed. For the viewer, they act as mirrors for self reflection. Her art is timeless and places the viewer in places no one can remember. These places act as puzzle pieces, leading us to a future that we have yet to experience.
As an instructor, Melissa's enthusiasm for her multimedia artwork informs the creative energy of the class. Her playful, yet spiritual approach to art making is inspiring, freeing, and informative. As she takes on many mediums, Melissa enjoys sharing an approachable creative process with her classes. Her latest interest in artistic tufting offers us each an opportunity to learn a new skill that we can adapt into our studio practices.
Carol Nelson is a Colorado mixed media abstract artist and instructor. Her work is characterized by vibrant colors, texture, and, often, collage elements. Carol has conducted mixed media workshops for thousands of students around the country for over 15 years. Carol has completed courses with Golden Artist Colors and is a certified Art Educator.
When Covid caused cancellation of her workshops in 2020, she recently started creating instructional videos on her Teachable site. These online workshops give a similar experience as being in the front row at one of her workshops. Once purchased, they are yours forever to watch, and refer to, as often as you like. Learn at your own pace.
Her teaching style is thorough, organized, and, most of all FUN. Students are really excited to learn many of her original techniques, which often employ affordable materials from the hardware store. She also includes guidance in the basic art principles of color, value, line, design and composition.
Instagram: @Carol Nelson
Facebook pages: Carol Diane Nelson (personal page)
Carol Nelson Fine Art (business page)
Carol Nelson Mixed Media Art (group administered by Carol)
Teachable site: https://carol-nelson-mixed-media-art.teachable.com/p/home
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.
Roxanne Padgett has been creating “stuff” and making “messes” since she was 4 or 5 years old using whatever materials she could find. She does the same thing today, but now it is called mixed media art “I enjoy experiencing the creative process with others and I believe that everyone is creative and not just a special few. My personal motto is “Fear No Color”.
Roxanne teaches a variety art classes for adults throughout the Bay Area and at art retreats around the country. In addition, Roxanne is the Creative Director at the Museum of Children’s Art . Roxanne’s art work has been featured in a variety of publications such as, Somerset studio, Sew Somerset, Stuffed and Green Craft. Roxanne is also the author of “Acrylics techniques in Mixed Media” Layer, Scribble, Stencil, Stamp published by North Light Books.
Stan Peterson’s approach to teaching is individualized to the skill level and interest of the students. He assists each person in finding their own voice and vision through making art. He has taught drawing, relief printmaking, and woodcarving for more than twenty-five years to a wide variety of emerging and mid-career artists. He believes storytelling, humor, and a traveled perspective from visiting carvers in Santa Fe, Oaxaca, and Bali inform the ways we sit down together with a piece of wood, some sharp tools, and a few hours.
Stan Peterson is a professional wood sculptor living in Portland. He is currently represented by Imogen Gallery, Hanson Howard Gallery, Guardino Gallery, and PCA Gallery in Oregon.
Jesse Reno is a self-taught mixed media painter. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and painting and exhibiting his works since 2000.
Jesse has amassed over 3000 paintings in the last 12 years, and has exhibited his work extensively across the US and Canada as well as France and Mexico. Jesse's work has been covered in various art publications including Juxtapoz, Artnews, Artension, dpi and Somerset Studio just to name a few. One of his largest works can be seen in Winnipeg, Canada where he was commissioned by the Province of Manitoba to create a 25 x 40 ft mural as a reminder to the cultural importance of the Native American people in the region.
LeBrie Rich is an artist and educator living in Portland, Oregon. She is the proprietress of PenFelt, a line of felted accessories and objects that are available in select craft galleries nationally. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications, for print and web, including The New York Times and 1000 Artisan Textiles by Lark Press. LeBrie has been teaching feltmaking for 10 years and loves to introduce people the miraculous and fun process of transforming raw wool into felt!
Lori is teaching this special hydrangea painting class for the charity Pink Lemonade
Artist Educator for GOLDEN Paints
This is a hard working disciplined full time artist with a full time day job. Her work can be seen at Nationwide Insurance headquarters and many businesses in and around Columbus, Ohio.
Her work is also now available at Owl & Rabbit Gallery in Burlington, NC. You can see more here: SusanRossiter.com
Susan worked her way through college at Millersville University, PA and has an extensive education in painting, printmaking, fine art metals, design, photography, history and sculpture. Skills from multiple genres and a little art history are integrated into her workshops. Online or in-person, Susan’s classes are relaxed, fun and informative.
Follow Susan for weekly posts and studio schnauzer puppy photos: @soozrossiter
Or on Facebook: Susan Rossiter Artist
Random questions: Susan.Rossiter@yahoo.com
Collage is a wonderful way to wake up the sleeping artist within. Collages are unique individual expressions, just like the artists are. I am exploring a range of subjects without a political agenda, welcoming the technical challenge of making realistic renderings from recycled materials. I enjoy making something attractive from discards, appropriating images and putting them together in intriguing ways. Like any artist, I am especially thrilled when my work calls to a viewer to come closer and spend some time engaged in the piece. While my pictorial collages are best viewed from a distance, a close up inspection can reveal a very different piece of art.
"My goal as an artist is to let my work bring joy to the viewer."
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 7th 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 29th year volunteering with a beloved 34-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.
Lorri magically transforms undyed silk fabrics, ribbons, and garments into fabulous colors using shibori, resist, vat dye and dye printing techniques. She is a self taught weaver, dyer, and clothing designer whose art has shown in numerous publications and juried shows. She is the feature designer in the summer 2012 issue of Belle Armoire showcasing her vintage upcycled clothing aka as “wayward threads”.
Lorri has taught and vended at many national shows and has been published in Belle Armoire, Altered Couture, Quilting Arts, Spindle Shuttle & Dyepot, and other local and national publications.
An artist ever since I was little, designer/artist every day now, and still a kid at heart.
I LOVE to teach, share and inspire kindreds to be more and more creative!
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 expresses her creativity through mixed-media, acrylic, and calligraphic paintings and books. Her works are unique expressions of adventure and discovery, each piece experimenting with texture, layers, color, unusual materials, calligraphic marks, and words. In addition to technical precision, personal artistic development is intrinsic to her practice. She earns her living as an artist educator as well as maintaining an active studio practice to develop personal work.
In her 30 years of teaching, Jacqueline has developed and presented many classes. She is a certified GOLDEN Artist Educator, making her a specialist on acrylic products and techniques. She is a member of the education teams for Marabu Creative, Ampersand and Silver Brush. Her workshops are multi-disciplined and given online as well as at top art retreats and for art, book arts, fiber and calligraphy guilds and conferences in the US , Canada and Europe.
Jacqueline’s work has appeared in many publications, including Astarte’s Mega-Zine, Cloth Paper Scissors, Pages, and Somerset Studio, as well as many calligraphic journals. Her work has been published in Acrylic Works 4: Captivating Color the Best of Acrylics. And Acrylic Works 6: Creative Energy, the Best of Acrylics both published by Northlight books. Her bestselling DVD, Acrylics: Textures, Layers, and Metallics, is published by Creative Catalyst Productions.
Jacqueline has a degree in graphic design, working for many years as a publication, marketing, and advertising designer. She is the recipient of top national awards for the fashion publications that she designed. She uses her knowledge of graphic design to help her students improve their paintings. She paints and lives in Cincinnati, OH.
Kate's experience as a fiber artist was working with fabric and fiber to create abstract 3-dimensional forms. In 2009 she started painting and hasn't stopped since. Her current work is the combination of the two disciplines. Using watercolors, acrylics, inks and pastels she paints on substrates such as layered vintage linens, fabrics, laces, plaster, paper and wood. The portrait or figure is the focal point and she works at creating images that parallel her spiritual and personal life.
She teaches art online and on location. She is as passionate about teaching as she is creating. The creative process is where all the energy is and she loves and gets energized by sharing her artistic journey.
To learn more about Kate visit her at:
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.