Artist Instructors PYHaS2021

Katrina Koltes

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.
Lesson ideas:
Main – Mermaid, Mini – fantasy woodland (or under the sea) composition
Donna Martin
Lesson ideas:
Main – Farm animal Mini – The Tree of Life



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
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
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.

Lesson ideas:

Mixed-media collage with Finnabiar – During this step-by-step, easy to follow class Finnabair is taking you to her unique and imaginative world of old findings, papers, fabrics, paints, textures, and dreamy colours. You will use a wide wariety of art mediums including texture pastes, gels and acrylic paints as well as more surprising elements such as scraps and lefrovers from the art table, printed images and various treasures you can collect on the flea market, in your garden, garage or attic – all that to get dimensional, rich and textured look on your canvas. You will be able to see and you’ll be encouraged to follow her instructions where she explains every stage in great detail and gives you the opportunity to turn your own imagination on. All the techniques are easily adaptable
to other projects and are suitable for both beginners and advanced students!

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Renata Loree

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


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Kate Thompson

I 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.
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Julie Denning
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
Lesson ideas:
Create painterly photo composites using Procreate, Distressedfx Plus, Brushstroke and Snapseed on the IPad. Learn how to use layers, layer masks, textures and blending modes. Learn how to add digital stamps and digitally drawn elements to add your own personal touches. Learn the importance of the rule of thirds and it’s impact on your composition. Come away with a finished project you can print.  I am so excited to share with you the tips and tricks I have learned after experimenting with the above digital applications over the years. Enter the exciting digital art world and discover new possibilities for your creativity.
Ady Almanza
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.
Lessons ideas:
Full Lesson is :  a portrait of a dreamy goddess surrounded by roses  done with mixed media (charcoal,watercolors,color pencils)
short lesson: a floral abstract done on art journal pages with mixed media (acrylics, color pencils)
Sally Walsh

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.

Lesson ideas:

We will be painting a whimsicial female & floral portrait with watercolours. You will learn all about the magic of water colours and how to embrace their messy, flowing awesomeness. To loosen up the way you create and to also create from a place of playfulness. Learn portrait drawing and painting techniques from sketch to finished water colour painting and also Sally’s painting formulas that help her to create ALL of her water colour paintings.

Lora Murphy

Lora 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.

Lesson ideas:

Full figure and profile




Dena (Ann) Adams

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.
Lesson ideas:
For the class main, I would demonstrate a landscape based on a reference photo loosely and focus on using references and departing from references when making landscape images. For the class mini, I would demonstrate ways to layer in the sketchbook and make studies using water based media and neocolor 2 to draw/sketch. It might be a color study or loose abstract image.
Jennifer Steck
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.
Lesson ideas:
For the Birds
Using collage and mixed media formats, we’ll create a work of whimsical bird art. The techniques include loosening up, focusing on a few key details and utilizing a limited color palette to bring to life one-of-a-kind works of art. My primary medium of choice is acrylic paints, although students can use supplies that they currently have on hand.
Angels in Fur
Students will utilize watercolor paper to create a small accordion style booklet (probably 5-7 pages) where they will create pages of angels in fur. We all know that our furry family members are angels in disguise. Who else would love us unconditionally? We will focus on using acrylic paints, collage and other mark-making tools to build our own book celebrating the critters who share our lives. Students will build stories on each of their pages reflecting their own experiences with furry loved ones.
Mikell Duncan
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 fowers into my work. I am fascinated with dramac light and enjoy trying to capture that into my work.My students know they can reach out to me anyme 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!
Lesson ideas:
A Walk in Nature, an oil painting
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Joan Martin
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
Lesson ideas:
The main lesson: a portrait (profile) that starts with expressive mark making in liquid charcoal or colored chalk/graphite & then work into this background to create a portrait
The mini lesson could be more interactive – showing students how to react to another artists work both visually and conceptually. This could be made on a vintage post card or any existing printed material & a portrait can be created over this using mixed media techniques.
Jenny Manno
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.
A career as an artist 
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.
Lesson ideas:
Mixed media portraits ( till waist line piece
What students will learn:
They will learn how to work with watercolor, how to incorporate ephemera into their pieces and how to play with texture and patterns
Patricia Calvao

Art 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. Painting.

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.

Lesson ideas:

Lesson on child and man


Debbie Miller
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.
Lesson ideas:
Shoes! – I love the look of vintage shoes, especially high heels.  (But better to look at them than to walk in, in my book!)  For this project, I will demonstrate how to paint a composition of shoes in four different ways.  The first image will be fairly “true” to the reference photo.  Then I will duplicate the size, shape and placement of the image on 3 other panels and demonstrate ways to paint each of the 3 “duplicates” with different colors, textures, and edge styles.  The resulting grouping will be somewhat evocative of Andy Warhol’s famous “4 Marilyns.” 

I will be demonstrating my painting style, which is a bridge between realism and impressionism.  But I will talk about ways that you can make the project your own.

What Students Will Learn

  • Priming with red (or other warm colors)
  • Working from a reference photograph
  • Gridding and sketching on a substrate
  • Achieving convincing perspective in a surface pattern
  • Working with different edge styles in a painting
  • Two approaches to handling backgrounds (layers and negative-space painting)
  • Using values and cast shadows to bring subjects to life
  • Color:  I work with a limited palette.  Though it won’t be a major focus, students will see how I set-up my palette and mix colors and see how color theory influences my color choices.

Whimsical Bird – It’s so much fun to paint whimsical birds in fanciful natural environments.  Sometimes I adorn them with crowns or party hats.  Sometimes, I set them in “bird cages” that have no bars. In this class I will demonstrate how I use oil sticks, brushes and palette knives with oil paints to create a dreamy landscape occupied by one or more whimsical bird.

What Students Will Learn

  • Sketching with charcoal
  • Simplifying and abstracting bird and flower shapes
  • Using oil sticks to lay down shapes and color
  • Working with oil paints
  • How to add charcoal or chalk pastel linework to an oil painting
  • Using a palette knife to add texture
  • The value of soft edges
  • Finishing techniques
  • Color:  I work with a limited palette.  Though it won’t be a major focus, students will see how I set-up my palette and mix colors and see how color theory influences my color choices.
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Brian Miller
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 and 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 education groups 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.
Lesson ideas:

Fun & Funky Birds – As an avid backyard birder, I love the little feathered friends that frequent my feeders, and it makes me happy to capture their essence in my whimsical painting style. I will demonstrate my process for working with reference photographs to create a composite image/composition, sketching with charcoal or paint, and developing abstracted shapes with confident brushstrokes, and bold color choices.  I will demonstrate negative space painting for the background and the “magic moments” of creating pops of colors.  What Students Will Learn

  • Priming with red (or other warm colors)
  • How to use thumbnail sketches to arrive at an interesting composition
  • Working with reference photos
  • Using value and shadows to create a sense of dimension
  • Simplifying and abstracting shapes
  • Laying down color, starting with darkest darks and moving to lighter colors
  • Ways to use a brush to get expressive strokes
  • Negative space painting as a way to create backgrounds and a “second chance” at shaping objects
  • Using pops of color and specular highlights for drama and “believability”
  • Color:  Because I work with a limited palette, students will see how I set-up my palette, mix colors, and use color theory (color wheel and temperature) in practice

Monoprinting a Floral Still Life with a Gelli Plate –

Gelli plates are a great, accessible way to explore monoprinting – a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once (unlike most printmaking, which allows for multiple originals).  In this project, I will demonstrate how to create your own stencils, use texture-making tools, and employ creative mark-making to create patterned paper with acrylic or craft paint and a Gelli plate.  In addition, I will demonstrate how to use the Gelli plate to create a multi-colored monoprint of a contemporary floral still life.

What Students Will Learn

  • How to use and clean a Gelli plate
  • Ways to create your own unique stencils
  • Common materials and specialized tools that can be used to create textures, patterns and marks with the Gelli plate
  • Simple steps to create a registration system for a multi-color print
  • Selecting paper for your print
  • Methods of printing (hand, spoon, or barren)

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Saskia De Jong

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.

Now, 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.

Lesson ideas:

Mini lesson

  • Drawing the eye, how to achieve emotion/expression in the eye such as angry, sad, surprised of startled
  • Using a reference photo and getting a likeness
  • On toned tan paper using a graphite pencil and a white pastel/charcoal pencil
  • The toned paper will be the mid value, graphite pencil will be the dark value and white pastel pencil will be the lightest value

Main lesson

  • Painting a portrait in a difficult angle (for instant tilted upwards)
  • Using a reference phote and achieving likeness
  • We’ll be using acrylic paint




Renee Mueller

I received a BFA from the University of Michigan in Dance and Choreography. I danced professionally and had the honor of teaching dance at the University of Michigan’s Musical Theater and Theater Departments.
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

Lesson ideas:

Main lesson – creating a portrait in oils, profile with eyes closed

Mini-lesson – more expressive portrait in ink and charcoal







Jacqui Haksever

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!!

Lesson ideas:

Main lesson: I would like to just work through my process of developing a painting, using multiple layers of markers, ink, stencils and acrylic paint finishing off with oil paints.
Subject matter will be a portrait with a possible animal included.
Students will learn about working with layers using transparent and opaque colours. Mixing interesting skin tones and using complementary colours.

Mini lesson: A floral painting, most likely a bouquet or vase of flowers. I’ve been playing a bit lately with bringing natural elements from outside into my paintings so I thought we could use some stencils made from dried leaves and possibly trace some shadows and then mix it with some more realistic flowers and some doodling and pattern as well. This one would also utilise layering and would all be in Acrylics in its various forms.
Students will learn about using a reference image in a loose way and incorporating shapes from our natural environment into our paintings.
Tracey Verdugo

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.

Lesson ideas:

Semi-abstract female figure

Roselyn Pratt
Lesson ideas:
Old master inspired portrait and expressive figure study
Debbie Rooney
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!
Lesson ideas:
A few ideas for lessons are Acrylic:
*Study of a Master
*sculpture/mosaic abstract
Pamela Vosseller

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.

Lesson ideas:

Portrait and half-form




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Danita Art

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.

Lesson ideas:

Ideas For Lessons –
A female portrait with flower and animal accents.
Mixed Media on Canvas or Wood Panel.
What students will learn:
Skills to apply mixed media techniques on a portrait painting of their own, using my special techniques to combine acrylics, oils, pastels, inks on an original artwork. Ideas for composition and character development.
Erin DeCoste
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.
Lesson ideas:
Mini Lesson- Watercolor portrait play. Exploring color mixing and layering watercolors and colored pencils. (I was thinking limited palette for the watercolors)
Full Lesson- Mixed media portrait using Acrylic paints, charcoal and pastels. (I’m not exactly sure on the pastels- I sort of get into the flow of my faces and pull in whatever calls to me but those are my usual go to’s)
We’ll explore how to achieve likeness and also working the lights and shadows within the face. Also some tips and tricks of how I layer my mediums.






Jenny Grant

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.

I 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.

Lesson ideas:

Mixed media; collage, acrylic paint, ink and pastel

Art journaling/watercolor painting

Students would learn

-My process to create depth, detail and grunge.
-To feel their way through the painting process.
-To keep the focus on the actual process and not the result.
-To use limited supply, few colours and few tools.






Online classes:

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Ildy Karsay

I’m a dreamer – explorer – mom of 3 .

I’m always seeking my own style in different mediums – the vibrant colours are the connection in between – which comes from my deep soul.

I believe that in the gray world we live in the colours help to cheer up.

I’m Ildikó Karsay, living in the centre of Europe in Budapest Hungary.

I feel at home in acryl, watercolour, silk and oil too. Love to explore and try new medium, materials and supplies.

I’m a floralist in aquarell on paper. I love NATURE with the neverending inspirations.

I’m an explorer working with oil on gessoboard.

I create abstract paintings with acrylics on canvas inspired by my dreams and love that bring beauty, warmth, and joy to my heart.

I believe everybody is creative, just need a little help to remember . .

My main goal to help people to find their inner voice and find happiness and discover joy in creative flow and have peace and forget fears through art and enjoy creating.

But mainly I’m a Mom of 3 brilliant children, they are very talented with their hands too. With 3 children I always find some interesting “craft” to do with them and with other children. In summers I hold art camps for children. I lovef their evolving hands and heart.

Loving creativity comes from my childhood I was curious and tried everything I met.

When I was young I was a world traveller, since I met with my man 28 years ago, we are at home but I always dream about beautiful places.

Interesting that I first loved 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 as I believed that I cannot draw.

I finished many schools as I haven’t find my way.

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.

I’m hungarian and started online workshops in English, although my english is not perfect and I’m shy but who is joining to my courses they love the tons of inspiration in my courses and fortunately they don’t care my mistakes.

I worked for big movie networks as graphic designer and decorateur when Multiplex movies came to Hungary.  That 15  years (1996-2011) was the rush part of my life, no vacation only works with tight deadlines.  It effected on my art as I always want to make paintings ready as soon as possible.

I know that TIME is the most important in our life, in my workshops I cut out the boring parts from my videos, so my lessons are shorter but I approach a single topic or theme from multiple angles/side.

I was always maximalist and still learn to calm down but for a long time I enjoy the process and try to leave my expectations of the results.

I teach that the road is the important not the result.  This is what I use in healing therapy too.

I returned to art in 2008, and seriously in 8 years ago. Now I know that I cannot live without art anymore. It is part of my everyday life.

After the rush work was over I had more time to create and it made me some relax and happiness to paint. Now I know that art heals and I get inspiration nowadays from nature.

My first exhibition was in 1993 with two sculptur from metal and wire.

Since then I had numerous own exhibitions from my paintings in Schools, art Fairs, and Galleries in Budapest. My paintings  are in private collections iin Hungary,  Germany, Australia, USA,  Japan, Slovakia and Danmark.

I made a free year-long online art program in 2017 in hungarian with over 70 videos and inspirational lessons every week.   It has impact not only friends and members but made me having a new habit, create continuously weekly, daily.

Now I’m running seasonal 3 month long online workshops inpired by nature in English called NATUREART.

I always working on a secret projects and have plenty plans to inspire people and show that art somehow must be part of our life.

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Merrill Weber

Merrill Weber is an award-winning artist whose artwork has been included in galleries, exhibitions, museums, and collections throughout the world. Her painting style is loose and impressionistic. The art of capturing snippets of life in creative ways has been her passion for many years.
Her engaging work has been described as imaginative, playful, happy and filled with energy and hope. Merrill’s goal in painting is to create a conversation with the viewer via her canvas, allowing her to preserve and share in the joy of the moment.
Outgoing and funny, Merrill enjoys engaging with her growing number of followers via Facebook and Instagram and can be found at @merrillweberart. She publishes a blog and monthly art newsletter titled, “The Good Life of An Artist.”
She is a Florida native who currently resides with her husband in the Philadelphia area. She has two adult children, one of whom has classic autism.

Lesson ideas:

Subject matter and medium – The goal of this workshop is to HAVE FUN! Whether you are brand new or have been painting for years, together we will use big, bold colors to create work that will make you feel happy and proud. You will learn to paint intuitively with bright colors using acrylic paint, not overthinking. A less expensive materials options list will be provided.










Emma Petitt

I paint faces and figures. They are not always realistic but they are always expressive, emotional and have a story to tell. I love to use unconventional colours and I love to play with texture and pattern. I use Acrylic Paint in a loose, layered way to add depth and character to my faces.

Lesson ideas:

Full figure



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Sandee Ewasiuk

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
Solo Exhibitions, 2010 to present
June 2018 Paintings from Thailand – Kirkland Lynch Gallery, Burlington, Ontario
2018 For the Love of Colour- Creative Works, Hamilton, Ontario
2014 In Essence- James North Artist’s Collective, Hamilton, Ontario
2013 Telling- James North Artist’s Collective, Hamilton, Ontario
2012 The Lightness of Being- James North Artist’s Collective, Hamilton, Ontario
2011 Recent Paintings- Koosh Bistro, Hamilton, Ontario
Selected Group Exhibitions and Events 
2019 Gallery on the Bay group shows,  July & November
2016 Hamilton, Look Again-Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario
2016 to 2018 West Hamilton Artists Studio Tour, Hamilton, Ontario
2000 to 2009 Southwest Hamilton Artist’s Studio Tour, Hamilton, Ontario
Lesson ideas:
1. Introduction to Discovering your own Artistic Style
I teach this one as class at the art schools as I find people really want to find their creative direction.  We start by looking at what were drawn to, style, colour, etc   I’ll be working in acrylics.  
Starting with a rough idea and a sketch we play around with composition and eventually moves onto the canvas.  The canvas itself will start off with layers of colour and in fact this is something we may even begin with so that it has time to dry.  I’m a big believer in colour theory and also layering paint so that would certainly be included.
2. Let Your Imagination Run Wild.
This would be a lesson on how I approach my own work.  Starting with an idea, then playing around with a sketch, which again moves onto canvas.  So a lot of similarities  but ending up with a painting that is more like my own.  Emphasis on stretching the imagination because we can.  And again talk about composition and especially colour theory.
Svetlana Rumak

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.

Lesson ideas:




Fran Schlosser

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 with Amira Wasfy and Clint Hunker. Iris Hauser at the U of  and all the instructors at the various workshops attended in Saskatchewan have also been significant influences.

Fran continues to further her art education in Calgary; currently painting under Michael Downs.  She has taken several sessions of figurative and portrait drawing with Cameron Roberts, (as well as a few sculpture workshops in clay with Cameron) and has studied with Doug Levitt.

In addition, Fran has participated in an advanced portrait workshop with artist Michelle Dunaway at the Scottsdale Artists School, workshops with Liana Bennett from Seattle on abstracting the figure and most recently an abstracting the figure workshop with Brian Smith of Ontario.  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.

Lesson ideas:

Intro to the Grisaille, adding the colour to the grisaille

Paint your pet portrait




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Natalya Gurshman

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.

Lesson ideas:

Main lesson – paint a still- life outside in the nice late pinkish afternoon light.

Shorter lesson – landscape of my wintery scenes using a reference photo.

Both will be done in oils.

What students will learn:


Main areas of focus

composition, focal point, how to create a concept for one’s work, how to work from large masses to small ones.


In more details

color mixing, relationships between cool and warm colors, transparent colors verses opaque, tonal values, how to be intentional with the brush strokes or palette knife

how to know when you are done with the painting.