Artist Instructors PYHaS2021

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Svetlana Rumak

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Hi! My name is Svetlana Rumak, I am a professional artist and I live and work in Moscow.After I graduated from the Art Department of the College of Education, I taught drawing at a private school, then worked as a designer and as an artist in a puppet theatre… But for almost 20 years now I have been very happy as a freelance artist, and consider creativity as my main occupation, I do painting and graphics, travel the world, participate in various Russian and international projects – exhibitions, art symposiums and art fairs. My paintings are in private collections in more than 25 countries. I miss them, of course, but I am sure they are in good hands 🙂I’ve been participating in exhibitions since 1993 and have taken part in more than 300 exhibitions in Russia and abroad, 10 of which were personal. I’ve illustrated two books of my favorite author Lewis Carroll ♥ for the Moscow publishing house ‘Arbor’ – in 2009 – ‘Alice in Wonderland’, in 2011 – ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’.For 13 years I’ve worked with acrylic paints and I’ve created 10 workshops and 5 author training courses based on the signature painting techniques that I have developed. For over 7 years I have held live workshops in my studio in Moscow, and in other cities and countries. In 2018 my dream came true – I established my online art school!
At the moment, my school has 12 lessons on my techniques in Russian, and in the near future all the lessons will be available in English.

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 10, 2020

Website: rumakschool.ru

Instagram: instagram.com/svetlana_rumak_art/

Facebook: facebook.com/rumaksvetlana/ 

Youtube: youtube.com/c/SvetlanaRumak

Danita Art

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Idania Salcido, the artist behind Danita Art is a self taught, multidisciplinary artist who uses the techniques she learned through her career materializing her ideas. Her work is inspired by nature, fairy tales, antiques, folk art,  folklore, books, women, magic, the seasons, the grand theater and marionettes. She uses art as an alternative from reality, trying to create inhabitants of a world that exists in her imagination. Keen collector of discarded things and flora specimens, she loves reading, and the way others have with words. She finds it hard to express with words like her favorite authors do, so she chooses a visual narrative to tell her story instead.  She’s a daydreamer, a beauty seeker,  an old soul and a coffee lover. She admires the craftsmanship of the past, when even simple things were made with care and attention to detail. She loves adding a vintage patina to most of the pieces she makes, but sometimes she channels her Mexican heritage into colorful creations. One of her favorite things to create are 3D objects that look like the drawing on the paper has come alive and that is the reason why she is so focused on dollmaking now.
Her work has been published in several magazines and books and her work is collected internationally. When she’s not creating you can find her at the library with her kids, browsing through antique’s shops, working on her small potted garden or or going on field trips to her nearest forest.

Debbie Miller

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Debbie considers herself an artistic “late bloomer” because she didn’t start painting until she was in her late 50’s. But when she got started, there was no stopping her! She became part of the Daily Painting movement in March 2016, and has been completing a small painting every day since. This creative ritual is now as natural and vital as breathing. She finds herself self-identifying as an artist, even though her “day job” is serving as a mental health counselor, spiritual director, and facilitator of Brené Brown’s shame-resilience work. She is part of the Adjunct Faculty at The Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, Florida; offers online art classes and individual mentoring; and works as a Creative Depth Coach to help others experience the healing powers of expressive art.
She lives in Orlando, in a house full of art and art supplies, with her fabulous artist husband and creative partner, Brian Miller. Together, they are passionate about developing their own artistic skill and vision, but also dedicated to encouraging others to take the next step on their personal creative journey.
GIVEAWAY DATE: October 3, 2020

Julie Denning

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After graduating many years ago with a degree in History I went back to school to learn Graphic Arts. I loved making photo collages and started to incorporate many of the images from my collection into my work. I wanted to create items people could use for home decor, special occasions and gifts. I began creating banners, gift tags, boxes and many other items that people could cut and make.
GIVEAWAY DATE: October 6, 2020

Roselyn Pratt

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Roselyn B. Pratt is an artist and professional musician. She is the owner of Whitegate Studio, a local center for the arts and plays violin in her city’s symphony.
      About her artistic journey, she says ‘Music and Art both appeal equally to me, in a unique way.  There is no possibility of achieving perfection.  I don’t believe in perfection.  That makes every artistic endeavor a TRUE risk.  Learning and developing any skill can be scary but the rewards are endless.  Mastering my talents, improving and increasing knowledge- I think any ‘risk’ of imperfection is worth having those experiences.  Art is exciting! And I think it’s fun knowing my journey does NOT have an end.’
     Roselyn resides in Idaho with her husband. They have three children.
GIVEAWAY DATE: October 8, 2020

Nataliya Gurshman

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I am a very intuitive and emotional being, and my art reflects that. I create my work in a single breath, without any pause, so that I do not lose any drop of that inspiration. I am so caught up in the moment of creation that I forget where I am—nothing can distract me from this euphoria. Whatever I am painting, I must be in love with my subject. Lately, I have been attracted to nature even more and truly enjoy spending time painting plein air. I create my impression of the subject that reflect my background, my emotional state at the moment by utilizing new artistic techniques. I choose bold brush strokes of opaque lights to express my energy juxtaposed against transparent cooler shadows, and scraping some translucency into the mysterious darks with the palette knife. Often, I venture into the depths of my inner being and create more abstract pieces, which take their origins, at present, from a challenge in dealing with my teenage daughter, and maneuvering into that territory is hard but simultaneously wondrous. These paintings are raw — full of dark blues, purples and cadmium yellow lights, that sparkle throughout the surface. The compositions seem to be more circular thus my feelings and frustrations appear to be perpetual. I use palette knife that helps me express movement, anger and love culminating in one piece. It is a gratifying feeling once the painting is done — I exhale, feel hungry, happy, but totally exhausted mentally. The feeling of accomplishment fills me up: “all the hard work hasn’t been wasted — I can paint, I can do this well!” The sound of rain hitting the cobble stones, a taxi’s tires splashing in puddles, street noise, people’s voices, car horns—all excite me to no end. Often, I not only use my brush to capture the essence of a city, but a palette knife to express my own energy, which ultimately becomes part of the canvas. When I paint, I re-live the experience of the city—it’s lighting, sounds, and vibrations. I have experienced many different cities. In my youth, I was surrounded by the most beautiful architecture of the XVIII–XIX centuries, the ”Venice of the North”–St.Petersburg, Russia. That was my first love. Later came Vienna, Paris, Boston, New York, … I walk around a city and sketch. Often I am drawn to an alluring alleyway verses a pompous street or palace. My visual memory is acute, and I have the ability to imprint the mood of the city at the time of the sketch, along with the colors, the weather, the lighting, and the energy of the street. Even years later I can look at any of my sketches and remember the street, the city, and what kind of day it was. I must develop an intimate relationship with a city before I am able to paint it.

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 12, 2020

Finnabair

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My name is Anna Dabrowska, also known as Finnabair. I was born in
Warsaw, Poland, now I live in Ireland with my husband, Andrzej and my
pets. I’m a woman of many interests: a mixed media artist, art journaler and designer who loves new challenges, experiments and developing new
techniques and skills. I’ve been creating since 2007, started
scrapbooking in 2008-2009 and mixed-media in 2009 when I got totally
addicted. My projects are texture and art medium-based: I make paper and canvas layouts, collages and altered art, tags, journal pages – and many
more. I believe in the power of recycling and upcycling and just adore
texture, paints of any kind and flea market supplies. Freedom,
embracing creativity and being true to your inner voice is my main
source of inspiration and creative energy.
I’m a full-time designer and artist and as an experienced travelling
teacher I offer a range of my own mixed media-based classes in
collage, artistic scrapbooking, art journaling and more. I truly enjoy
teaching and during my classes, I focus not only on showing
techniques, ideas and tricks but also I try to spread my love and
enthusiasm for arts and crafts as I believe in the therapeutic and
liberating power of creativity.

I work with such international brands as Prima Marketing (design team member since 2011 and product designer since 2013) and 7 Dots Studio (product designer since 2011). I run my own Creative Team who supports my creative Blog and I design for international mixed-media and scrapbooking magazines. My biggest pride and adventure of the last years is my own mixed-media line of products released with Prima Marketing which happen to be a source of inspiration for a large group of creative people.

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 1, 2020

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finnabair/ https://www.instagram.com/finnabair_studio/

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/finnabairdesigns/

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Finnabair

Jacqui Haksever

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Hi my name is Jacqui, I’m an Acrylic and Oil painter living and working in Northern Cyprus.  I’ve been here for 16 years now and live with my husband and two young children but I am originally from London in the U.K where I received my BA in Fine Art from Mıddlesex University. I primarily paint portraits using layers of markers, inks, stencils and then traditional paint; a process that I originally used as a way of painting during snatched moments throughout the day with toddlers around the house!!  I found that I could work on the wild and free under-layers during the daytime and then the final layers in the evenings when I had more time to concentrate!  I am a night owl and would happily paint all night long if I could!!

GIVEAWAY DATE: September 28, 2020

Facebook: facebook.com/Jacqui-Haksever-Art-718001178537949/

Instagram: instagram.com/jacquihakseverart/

Katrina Koltes

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Katrina Koltes is an intuitive artist and oracle.
Her soul mission is to help people empower, connect, and bring soul
remembrance through the power of art, and spiritual guidance.
Much of her inspiration comes from spirit walking, meditating, and
spending time in the nature with Earth energy, Moon energy, magic of
the elements, and connecting with the Faerie and Crystal Realms.
She works closely with her guides and the universe, channeling soul
activating messages of healing, of hope and of life.
Katrina comes from a unique background of traveling and living
communally in difficult realities and circumstances. She grew up doing
full-time disaster relief work, and rehabilitation programs for both the
physically and mentally sick. From the start of her life, she has had a
strong communication with Spirit.
All of her art, teachings, and readings come from her healing journey,
sharing her creative process with the intention to help guide people to
their soul path and light, as she was.
GIVEAWAY DATE: September 21, 2020

Donna Martin

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I was born and raised in Colorado and I grew up loving the natural environment and the wild Rocky Mountains around me, it helped shape me as a person and as an artist. Completely a quiet and shy child, I felt as though I never could express my voice. The slow ripple of a stream, the wind whispering through the autumn leaves, all had their quiet, yet powerful ways, of delivering peace and restoring me throughout my life. The beauty and mystery of nature became something soulful, deeply ingrained into who I am.  I think this is why I am constantly painting and recreating the love and joy I feel from it. I’m honored to say that my work has been displayed throughout the Front Range and resides in private collections both nationally and internationally. Thanks for joining me on this journey and this adventure we call life and art!

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 15, 2020

Renata Loree

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My name is Renata Loree and I am originally from Czech republic. I have drawn and painted ever since I can remember. Painting was always a hobby of mine and I never believed that it could also become an occupation. I am predominantly a self taught artists using all different kind of media.
About ten years ago now I have decided to focus on painting every day. I would post my creations on Facebook to connect with likeminded artists and pretty soon I found a community I never even new existed.
We all started sharing ideas and skills and I was asked how I created what I was doing and it all took from there. Through our community I became a better artist and teacher and now I have been contributing for PYH+S year long workshop for many years with other amazing teachers.
I am really happy to be a part of this community and it makes me very happy that you could join us. I techniques I have been able to collect through my practice. I love to paint every day if I have the opportunity and my art is displayed in galleries, yoga studios and online.
I presently live in Newburyport, about 60 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts, USA
GIVEAWAY DATE: September 29, 2020

Websites: Renatalore.com, Artentive.net

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suncturary, https://www.instagram.com/renataloree

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/Artentive/

Joan Martin

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I love encouraging established and budding artists to explore experimental techniques with a variety of media to help express their unique creativity. Experimentation and making marks is what drives me in my artistic journey. Too many people see art as a product instead of an experience. Experimentation and play are vital parts of learning. If you are not prepared to make mistakes you won’t learn. Since the late 80’s I have taught art at high school level at various Durban schools in Kwazulu- Natal, South Africa I am presently teaching at Reddam House Umhlanga an International private school. Since 2009 I have been actively involved in both local and international exhibitions. Various local art studios and galleries have invited me to run adult workshops and present
talks about art. I have taught online art lessons for various art associations since 2018. One of my biggest rewards is not only seeing an improvement in the technical quality of my students’ work, but also watching them use art to solve conceptual and emotional problems.
GIVEAWAY DATE: September 30, 2020

Kate Thompson

80236AF5-D179-4A06-8984-64C06853AC41I received a degree in Fiber Arts and worked as a textile print designer in the apparel business in Los Angeles for 20 years, but my real education started in 2009. I started painting and made it a practice to paint every day. As I honed my craft and progressed to the next level of my practice lead me to question why I paint. It is a spiritual journey that I am on and it is something I have to do to keep my mind and body happy! I work with watercolors and gesso, acrylics , oils, pastels with inks or all of them. I am an experimenter. I create my own substrates using vintage linens or painting on ledger paper. I also paint on more traditional substrates such as watercolor paper and canvas. I would describe my work as expressive figurative and portraiture mixed media. I am represented by Lagerquist Gallery which is located the Buck Head area of Atlanta, Georgia. I teach all over the United States as well as Europe and just recently Morocco. My passion is focused on the creative process and I am as passionate about teaching as I am at creating art.

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 14, 2020

Sally Walsh from “Sillier Than Sally”

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Hello, Sally here from Sillier Than Sally. I am an artist, teacher, product maker, shenanigan starter, rainbow chaser, travel/adventure seeker and animal lover. And boy do I love to create water colour art and teach it! My art has been called “confetti coloured imagery that wraps your heart in happiness”. My signature style is of loose bright splashes of water colour (dubbed blobettes by my beautiful online tribe), contrasting with pockets of dynamic realism, which breaths a zest, life and vitality into my animal, avian and figurative creations. I love creating art that makes you feel like you can step into the page and join along with the cheeky little characters there. My world is kept busy with art commissions, exhibitions here in Australia and Internationally, illustrating children’s books, creating “live art” at corporate events and weddings, painting murals, creating art licensing lines, and teaching in-person and online art workshops. I live in sunny Sydney Australia with my two crazy but cutie pie little boys (2 & 6) & over logical but huggable husband.

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 7, 2020

Website: sillierthansally.com

Instagram: instagram.com/sillierthansally

Facebook: facebook.com/SillierThanSally

Lora Murphy

5FD23F2F-6102-4FCF-AA75-CF1780B8BAEFLora Murphy was born in Ireland and educated in Ireland , USA and Italy . Trained as an oil painter, she now works primarily in Encaustic and mixed media . Lora teaches workshops in Contemporay Portraiture in Encaustic throughout the world and is currently working on an Ecourse , due to be released this year.  She divides her time between Ireland and Denmark and maintain studios in both countries.

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 16, 2020

Website: https://loramurphypaintings.com/bio/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lora_murphy_paintings/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/lora.murphy.9

Sandee Ewasiuk

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Art Education
  • Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario Diploma in Communication and Design
  • McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Part time studies in Honours Art & Art History
  • Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario Courses in drawing, painting, sculpture & art history
  • Niagara College, Welland, Ontario Courses in Fine Art Program
Artist in Residence 
Com Pueng, Thailand October 1-October 31, 2017 
Teaching Art
2008 to present, Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas Ontario
2010 to present, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario.
2017 to present, Haliburton School of Art (Fleming College)
Current Galleries
Gallery on the Bay, Hamilton, Ontario
Westmount Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Matilda Swanson Gallery, Thornbury, Ontario
GIVEAWAY DATE: September, 2020

Dena Ann Adams

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Dena Ann Adams is a painter and illustrator based in Minneapolis, MN.
The process of painting is my meditation technique, the love language of my self-care. I believe that everyone can surprise themselves with a new strategy for making imagery, do things they never thought they could do, and make things they never knew they could make. I teach to unlock that process of self-discovery for as many people as I can, as it was unlocked for me by excellent teachers. The botanical and natural world is the subject matter that I love to spend time with, but it’s the physical and material aspect of painting that always drives my practice.Art teaches us to see – this is always the case. We not only see our subject when we paint – we see ourselves. Observing how you do things as you paint and why you do things as you paint can become a road map for seeing yourself as you move in your world.
GIVEAWAY DATE: September 25, 2020

Jennifer Steck

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I’ve explored creatively throughout my life in a variety of forms and fashions, always seeking to learn and grow. After a career in law enforcement of more than 30 years, I’m spending my time getting down, dirty and very colorful playing in paint and mixed media formats. In a time of extreme divides, my work strives to celebrate the beauty found in our uniqueness and the many things we share in common. I’m inspired by the people and critters who share our world, especially those enhancing our lives on a daily basis.
GIVEAWAY DATE: September 26, 2020

Pat Rios

55C0ADCB-3914-4873-B9B0-682EC28F18C3Art was a strong part of my life as kid and teenager back in my native country, Brazil. However, for more than two decades I abandoned it to pursue a more “serious” career in the corporate world. Luckily my life took many turns and in recent years, art found me again.I currently live in the United States with my husband, our two sons, two dogs and one cat, and I spend many hours of my day drawing and painting in the little messy studio I created in our house.I also run a furniture painting business, but little by little I’ve been taking fewer orders for furniture art in order to make more time to improve and explore my real passion. I paint all kinds of subjects, mostly in acrylics, mixed media and watercolors, but what inspires me the most are people and animals, so I’ve been focusing on improving my skills to paint those two subjects in an expressive and colorful style. My first online class is on the making and I can’t wait to share the skills and techniques I have learned so far with fellow artists in different stages of their own art journey.

Brian Miller

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Brian Miller has been an artist all his life, but it’s only after he became part of the Daily Painting movement in 2016 that he freely identified himself as a painter. He holds BFAs in animation and film-making from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and spent the early part of his professional career as a graphic artist, art director, interactive graphics designer, instructional designer, and web designer and developer. In the process, he taught himself programming, and now works full-time as an IT systems administrator. This shift in focus from artistic to technical work freed up his creative energy for developing his personal art. Now he paints daily with a bold, intuitive style and a sense of whimsy. He is also pursuing his passion for helping others find their artistic voice and develop systems that will support their creative endeavors. He is an Adjunct Faculty member of The Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, FL, and offers online art classes and individual mentoring. He lives in Orlando and feels grateful for being part of his local art community as well as the global community available through social media. His work is held in private collections in three continents, and is part of the permanent collection of the Arts Council of Jackson/Butts County, Georgia.
GIVEAWAY DATE: October 11, 2020

Online store: www.theymakeart.com

Website: www.brianmillerart.com

Daily paintworks: https://www.dailypaintworks.com/Artists/brian-miller-7336

Instagram: instagram.com/brianmillerart

FB: https://www.dailypaintworks.com/Artists/brian-miller-7336

Renee Mueller

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Growing up in the magical world of theater and dance I was exposed to so many gifted and talented artists. Collaborating with dancers, actors, choreographers, musicians, set, costume and lighting designers was an incredibly rich experience. It was fascinating to watch how a small idea would unfold into beautiful productions. My love for theater and dance is a constant source of inspiration for my art. I hope that by sharing my techniques and creative practices, you will find something to spark your imagination. I currently live in Ann Arbor, Michigan with my husband Marc, who continues support all my creative dreams, and our beautiful daughter Olivia.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and I look forward to sharing my creative work with you.

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 19, 2020

Website: reneemuellerart.com/

Instagram: instagram.com/reneedesigns/

Facebook: facebook.com/reneemuellerart/

Youtube: youtube.com/channel/UCOvBkt0xI_WlCuc6JKhKpDQt

Tracy Verdugo

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If Tracy Verdugo was given the opportunity to coin a term for a new art movement based around what she teaches she might call it “Curiosity and Wonderism” or maybe “Loosen-upism” or “Endless possibilitism”. When she is not hanging out with her family in their artsy adobe home in a small village on the shores of Jervis Bay, Australia, or throwing paint around in her little purple studio in their backyard, you may find her painting beside thermal pools on an Italian island with an eager group of students, Aperol Spritz in one hand, paintbrush in the other, or sitting in a circle on St Pete Beach, Florida, listening intently as women share their stories of creative longing. Tracy is an inspiration instigator, prolific painter, bestselling author and lover of the written word, smitten traveler and soaker up of all that is beauty-full. She teaches her Paint Mojo and other creative workshops all over this amazing planet and reminds her students of the wonder that already resides within them. Her works are vibrant and filled with joy, inspired both by global travels and the simple beauty of the focused moment. Since 2000 Tracy has held 18 successful solo exhibitions and her works are held in collections both in Australia and internationally. Mostly though, she is mama bear to two gorgeous, zest-filled daughters, Santana and Cece, and co-adventurer in life with her amor of 34 years, the talented and brilliant Marco.

GIVEAWAY DATE: September 24, 2020

Website: tracyverdugo.com

Facebook: facebook.com/tracy.verdugo

Instagram: instagram.com/tracyverdugo/

Pinterest: pinterest.com/tracy_verdugo

Emma Petitt

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Mikell Duncan

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My name is Mikell Duncan and I am an artist currently living in central Illinois. Art has been a passion for me since childhood. If I could have lived in the art department, I wouldn’t have been happier! I started painting in oils, but quickly learned to paint in acrylics , gouache, and later watercolor. I began teaching 30 years ago, and love helping my students learn new techniques that they can apply to their own unique style. Classes are filled with laughter and love! My art has been featured in a few galleries, but most recently at the Grey Dove Gallery, in Bloomington, Illinois. I have a love of gardening, so I often enjoy adding flowers into my work. I am fascinated with dramatic light and enjoy trying to capture that into my work.My students know they can reach out to me anytime for help! They all bring me such joy. Painting has brought me through many personal problems and I believe it is the best meditation anyone can do!
GIVEAWAY DATE: October 20, 2020

Jenny Manno

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From a very early age I’ve loved all forms of art, joyously finding myself catching on to a variety of projects quickly. 
I was inspired by my mother and grandmother, who happened to be very artistic women. We’d celebrate birthdays and Christmases with art supplies and invested in time together painting, drawing or crafting. As a young person, I was very fortunate to have adults in my life who helped me cultivate the confidence to explore my artistic passions.
Early life experiences became part of my identity, eventually evolving into a career. People turn to me all the time with a variety of creative tasks and with questions about how to make something or what I would use to create xyz. Throughout life I’ve been given many opportunities to teach others what I know. It makes total sense that I am now a teacher professionally. It just fits and is one of the main reasons I created the Next JENeration Art, a safe community on Facebook. Anyone with any level of experience is welcome to practice weekly art prompts, share learnings, encourage others and develop their creative passions. I want to not only share my heart, but also my lifetime’s worth of experience with others who are searching.  I LOVE knowing that I have helped someone.
GIVEAWAY DATE: October 2, 2020

Debbie Rooney

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Debbie Rooney is from a lovely little midwestern town in the State of Wisconsin. She has shown in both the SHARE and UBUNTU Fine Arts galleries in Wisconsin and done a number of art shows as well as taught classes in her hometown. While Acrylics are her main medium of choice, she enjoys experimenting with charcoal, painting enamels on antique windows, and many other media. Daydreaming possibilities is going on 24/7! Currently focused on portraiture, her goal is to create heartfelt, emotive, storytelling art…moments in time, things that matter, with a dash of magic, whimsy and humor. Always love! This is her second year teaching on-line and she feels honoured to share the joy of creating in the Paint Your Heart and Soul 2021 and thoroughly enjoys all these classes have to offer!
GIVEAWAY DATE: October 9, 2020

Pamela Vosseller

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Creating art is an intimate journey that can awaken the artist and the viewer. I believe creating should tell a story, and the artist needs to trust that the art piece can come to life expressing its own voice. I am an art explorer! I love to try combining multiple mediums.I have been creating art since I was a child. After 20 plus years as an internationally known watercolorist, I changed directions and focused on mixed medium. I primarily paint using acrylic, but I love adding collage, charcoal, inks, graphite, and fibers to my artwork. My current creations have been portraits and the human form. My passion is to learn and teach others that we can create. We all have an inner critic; it is a struggle at times, especially when we hear, “You are not good enough.” But I keep trying to accept my inner critic as a friend and push forward believing I am an artist, and if I don’t try, I will never know what I might have missed.

Erin DeCoste

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Erin DeCoste is a self taught, award winning, mixed media artist specializing in portraits. Her affinity to capture emotions within the human face has launched her on a journey of self expression and personal growth that she enjoys sharing with others. While she loves all mediums, her true joy comes from charcoal and pastels. Getting messy and using her hands allows her to feel more connected to her art. Erin resides in Texas with her husband and five children.
GIVEAWAY DATE: October 22, 2020
Website: erindecoste.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDVNmRKap2rbQ3t3Bv84J8g

Jenny Grant

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I am a Mixed Media Artist living in Stockholm, Sweden, on a mission to inspire people to be brave, to use their creativity and to do more of what they love.  love painting big but I am also addicted to Art Journaling. I paint in many layers and create my art based on an interesting process where my imagery emerges while painting. I work with mixed media – acrylic paint, ink, oil pastels, color pencils, fabrics, paper, photos… anything that comes my way. My work is very rich with many layers that add depth and texture to my work.  There are no limits, nothing is wrong and there are no mistakes. The process is the fun! My paintings evolve as I paint and I have no plan and no goal. It is my inner voice, my inner guide or wizard that guides me. With layers on layer I create depth, texture and details. Being creative allows me to explore myself, to let go and it helps me to be here and now. I do both in-person workshops and on-line workshops, both painting on canvas and creating art journals. I have regular classes in my studio in the northern part of Stockholm and I am running weekend workshops in different places around the world both Europe and the US. I believe that we all have a well of creativity and inspiration locked within us. We just need to find a key to open it and encourage the flow to stream without obstacles. With my art and my workshops, I am exploring creativity, spirituality and life in general.

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 26, 2020

Website: https://www.jennygrantart.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flowbyjenny/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/JennyGrantArt/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/FlowByJenny

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/se-en/shop/JennyGrantArt

Fran Schlosser

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Born in Red Deer, Fran was raised on an acreage near Sedgewick, Alberta in the middle of the “oil patch”. She moved to rural Saskatchewan in the 80’s to grain farm and partnered in a pipeline welding business.  She raised her family there; relocating back to Alberta in 2011 and presently resides in Calgary. Although creative her whole life, it wasn’t until 1998, she had an incredible urge to paint seriously and enrolled in the U of S off-campus painting classes and attended various workshops in Saskatchewan. Fran continues to further her art education in Calgary. As well, she values the contact with her art friends and feels they too contribute to her art education. Figurative work has always been a favourite of hers, with a focus on the portrait.  It fascinates Fran to create an image on paper or canvas that can capture the essence of a personality.  Add to that, the enchantment of costume. To create a story, to see an image emerge from a blank, white state, to witness the point during the process that the paint on the canvas becomes “alive”… when the paint ceases to be paint and the darks and lights take on human form, and that, for her, is just magical.

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 16, 2020

Website: http://artbyfran.ca

Instagram: instagram.com/franschlosser

FB: https://www.facebook.com/fran.schlosser.50

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/artbyfranschlosser/

Saskia Van Druhen-De Jong

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My name is Saskia van Drunen and I am a mixed media artist from the Netherlands. I live there with my husband, two kids and three cats. I have always been a creative child and I started painting, of and on, when I was about 18 years old. I painted all kinds of subject matters, from cats to flowers and also abstract art. But I have never had any formal training even though I would have loved to. Then, live happened and I studied while working full-time, got married and became a mother. I loved being a mother, but after my second child I struggled to find my balance. Dealing with all the feelings and emotions that surfaced was quite daunting for me. I felt the need to express them in a creative way. I had not picked up a brush for about nine years, but I gathered my brushes, bought some new paint and canvases and boy, did it feel liberating! And, I felt that creative spark again! It helped me heal, and connect on a deep level with myself. I wanted to improve my drawing and portrait painting skills. So I took some online classes and learned a lot of new techniques along the way. I love drawing and painting portraits, and to convey expressions and emotions.

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 17, 2020

FB: https://www.facebook.com/saskia.vandrunendejong.7

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saskiavandrunen.fineart/

Website: https://saskiavandrunen.com

Ildiko Karsay

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I’m Ildikó Karsay, living in the center of Europe in Budapest, Hungary. I’m a dreamer, explorer, mom of three. I’m a painter, graphic designer, artificer, illustrator, calligrapher, typographer, decorateur, parapsychologist, spiritual therapist, tourist guide, Jewelry appraiser, dao yin instructor BUT I’m an all time learner. My style comes from my soul. I believe that vibrant colours can help to cheer us up. I work in acryl, watercolour, silk and oil. Nature is my neverending inspirations. I believe everybody is creative, just need a little help to remember it. My main goal is to help people to find their inner voice, discover joy in creative flow and forget fears through art. I started from crafts: sewing clothes and funny pets, papercraft, felting, ceramics, tiffany window and lamp making,  jewellery from metals and recycling materials. Drawing and painting came later to my life because I believed that I cannot draw. I returned to art in 2008, and now I know that I cannot live without art anymore, it is part of my everyday life. I’m running seasonal online workshops on my website and always working on new projects. I worked 15 years for big movie networks as graphic designer and decorateur. My first exhibition was in 1993. Since then I had numerous exhibitions in Schools, art Fairs, and Galleries in Budapest. My paintings  are in private collections in Hungary,  Germany, Australia, USA,  Japan, Slovakia and Danmark.

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 24, 2020

Website: https://artbyildy.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artbyildy/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artbyildy/

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/artbyildy

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ildy/albums

Ady Almanza

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My name is Ady Almanza, I am a free lance artist and online art teacher,  i love to paint on old books (Vintage books) those kind of books nobody else wants to keep, I bring them back to life using my acrylics and color pencils.Art journaling is my passion.
GIVEAWAY DATE: October 21, 2020

Ida Andersen Lang

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My name is Ida Andersen Lang –  I am a Visionary Fine Artist and Online Art Teacher from Copenhagen, Denmark. I have been a creator all my life, expressing my love of the mystery of life, through my art and my year long tradition of passing on the joy of making art, trough my online art teachings. I love all things beautiful in life and my passion is to express the beauty of life through all kinds of creativity. I specialize in figurative art with a touch of abstraction. In my art I try to catch a glimpse of the mystery behind life here on Earth, and to trace the connectedness between all things in the universe and a sense of being “between worlds”, in a magical place. If I can take the viewer, just momentarily, “in between worlds” by looking at my paintings, I feel that I succeed as an artist.

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 14, 2020

Website: http://www.idaandersenlang.com

Olga Furman

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I’m a mixed media artist, and my passion is painting portraits and figurative art with elements of surrealism. I live with my husband and two daughters and a pup in the US. I earned an art and music degree in the pedagogical college in Saint Petersberg, Russia, Gatchina; attended a still life course in a fine art school in Tel-Aviv, Israel. I continue my education in CE program at Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, USA. Last year I won there first prize at the Annual Juried Student Exhibition.

I’m honored to host ‘Paint Your Heart and Soul’ for the 5th year in a row and I can’t be any happier! I love to share my knowledge with students and be part of our kind and supportive art community online! I’m excited and looking forward to 2021. I can’t wait to share with you this beautiful adventure of creating art together!

Thank you very much for stopping by and I hope you will join us!

GIVEAWAY DATE: October 27, 2020

FB: https://www.facebook.com/OlgaFurmanArt/

FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/840365816072472/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/olga.s.furman

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EARLY BIRD OFFER EXPIRES OCTOBER 27th, 2020.

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***Artwork shown here are not actual lessons, it is only representative samples of the Artists work. The artists are currently working on the projects for the course. All the lessons are brand new and made especially for PYHaS 2021 course.

**** If life happens and artist can not participate in the course I will substitute their lesson/s by myself (Olga Furman) or by other artist.