Hello, and thank you very much for stopping by! My name is Olga Furman, I’m an artist and the hostess of this amazing collaborative program called PAINT YOUR HEART AND SOUL 2022!
I’m originally from Russia and have a pedagogical degree in Art and Music. Art is my life and it never gets boring because there is always something to learn! In 2019, I won 1st place in a juried exhibition at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where I continue my art education.
I currently live with my family in Central New Jersey and work and create in my home studio. I’m married, have two teenage girls and a pup. All the family members are a part of our “Support Team” and provide administrative and technical support. If you have any questions – don’t hsitate to drop us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
I always felt very conservative about online classes until I attended one myself and it completely changed my mind. I got hooked to online art classes ever since! The accessability to the lessons from your own home, on your own time, and the opportunity to play the same lesson or a segment of it and come back any time is priceless!
In 2016, I closed my physical art school to dedicate my time to online teaching. In 2017 I hosted our very first Paint Your Heart and Soul! 5 years and thousands of happy students later, it feels like an extended family from all over the world – I couldn’t wish for more!
Our main mission is to provide high quality art lessons for an affordable price. In PYHaS2022, we are so lucky to collaborate with over 30 amazing professional artists who are excited to teach in this course!
You will have an amazing opportunity to learn different styles, techniques, approaches, tips and tricks our instructors are using to create beautiful art. By joining a year long program you will be encouraged to consistently practice in a welcoming and supportive enviroment through our community on social media.
All this – for as little as under $2 per lesson! This is literally half price of a cup of coffee, and the joy of creating goes a long way!
Join us! Learn, create beautiful art and have fun!
GIVEAWAY – CLOSED!
Each artist instructor is giving away a free spot to participate in this amazing class!
The schedule of giveaways is mentioned next to each teacher’s bio below.
The giveaways will take place on the artists’ social media and website.
To increase your chances to win, you can participate in as many artists’ raffles as you wish.
If you buy the class and win a spot, you will be fully refunded.
Good luck and we are looking forward to seeing you in class!
Final Sale: no refund/exchange
All the images below are representative samples of artwork by our artist instructors that are in PYHAS2022 and they are NOT from the actual lessons. Artists are currently working on all brand new lessons in their signature styles.
Artists instructors PYHaS2022
Mitra Woodall is an artist and mother of two daughters, born and raised in Germany. Her cultural background has german and persian roots.She found “her voice” through art. Growing up in an abusive household surrounded by mental illness as a tabu and racism just outside the doorstep. She continues to speak her truth through art and believes that ART can heal. Her subject matters are very intuitive but her mind is surrounded by hope, healing and the beauty in human/nature and so is her art. Looking mostly for positive, female role models and portraying them to show that it’s possible – for her daughters & for herself.
For over 15 years, Tony Thielen was an award-winning graphic designer, art director and creative director. He attended the Art Institute of Seattle receiving a degree in Graphic Design, and later studied advertising at the Academy of Art University. In 2014, Tony left commercial art world to pursue fine art, honing his drawing skills through Watts Atelier and his painting skills through various artists’ workshops. Tony’s work has been shown in Colorado, Missouri, Florida, Texas & Arizona. He currently resides in Santa Fe, NM enjoying life with his wife and two dogs.
Luzdy Rivera – Mom, Daughter, Friend, Latina, Artist.
I love painting people! Bold Portrait and Figure art in the style of Abstract Realism/Expressionism using acrylics and mixed media. Born and raised in Puerto Rico – currently living in Massachusetts. My art is driven by human emotions through gestures, poses and expressions. My use of color is intentionally bold, with visible texture, marks and brushstrokes. I strive to create expressive and emotive art that is so much more than what I, as the artist, can see and feel, but more about what I can make others see, think and feel.
My name is Julie Ann Lee and I live in the UK in an ivy-covered cottage in a quiet London suburb, with my husband and son. I discovered the online creative community 10 years ago, creating 3D mixed media projects for blogs and magazines. Thanks to Olga who offered me the opportunity to teach and learn with PYHS 2 years ago, I met some amazing teachers and developed a passion for portraits. I never imagined I would fulfil my childhood dream to become an artist, but now in my sunny studio, overlooking the street, I am living the creative life I always longed for and that I love to share with others.
I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1980. Later I achieved my Post Graduate Certificate in Education and remained in the teaching profession until taking early retirement 4 years ago. Through my art and teaching career, I have been fortunate enough to teach art to children of all ages and on retiral have provided therapeutic workshops to adults, helping support their ‘Recovery Journey.’
I now enjoy my days indulging in my passion for portraiture of both people and animals. I am fascinated with the contrasts of light and shade and the impact it has when reflecting on a living subject. For myself, it is also an outlet for expressing, understanding and resolving thoughts and emotions. I love graphite and charcoal in portraiture to convey the ‘Inner soul of a subject.’ While the world of pastel and acrylic allows me to experiment with colour and texture. I also enjoy mixing these for further unique effects. Two years ago I was introduced to digital art and I now also love creating digitally, it appears to have limitless possibilities. Much of my work is commission based but I also sell prints and exhibit and sell original works through my Facebook Page and in art galleries locally.
Hi, my name is Jacqui, I’m an Acrylic and Oil painter living and working in Northern Cyprus. I’ve been here for 17 years now and live with my husband and two young daughters but I am originally from London in the U.K where I received my BA in Fine Art from Mıddlesex University.
I usually paint portraits and figurative pieces using multiple layers of markers, inks, stencils and traditional paint, I love playing with the relationships between my main focal image and the surrounding elements of the painting, pushing and pulling the foreground and background until I have one cohesive piece letting the layers and the history of the painting show! Every painting is a journey with its own story to tell and I often have no idea what that story is until it’s finished!!
My name is Milo Zandi , 41 yo based in Sweden. I did study traditional art in Florence academy of art for 3 years. I paint mostly portrait but even still-life and landscape. I also teaching in school and have private lessons.
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.
Rachel Favelle is an Australian Pop Surreal artist and illustrator, living and working from her coastal studio in the Gold Coast. Growing up in country Australia; surrounded by rugged mountain ranges, dusty roads and watering holes, Favelle spent most of her childhood exploring and making meaning of her environment. She quickly became fascinated by the potential for Art to express those intangible experiences and narratives that unfolded in her mind as a child. Favelle’s contemplative figures reflect the imaginative dreaming of childhood as well as broader themes that focus on the fragility of the Australian environment in her work. Her work is presently exhibited across Australia, Portugal, New Zealand and the United States
Kat is an Iranian/Australian artist who resides in Australia. She works with all types of media, with her favourites being mixed media, acrylic and oils. Throwing in some unusual material into her work to add texture and layers and mood to express emotions and depth. Her work is all self taught from her passion within to constantly create and the therapy it provides for her in her busy life with 4 young kids. Kat is influenced by her children and her life experiences, bringing to life a lot of raw emotions onto paper. Most of her work is based around beautiful and strong women with influences in the lowbrow/pop surreal as well as the fantasy genres. She finds Persian miniatures very fascinating and a lot of her work has been inspired by the ancient miniature paintings originating from India, Egypt and Persia. This will be the second year that Kat is teaching online and is very excited to be trekking on this journey.
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.
Born and bred in New Zealand, Donna moved to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia in 1991. She has always loved art and developed her skills by attending local classes and by completing a variety of workshops and online courses.Her love of people and her fascination of the human face draws her to portraiture. Capturing their authentic emotions and feelingswith the stroke of the brush never fails to thrill her.Her desire to experiment and try new things draws her to the excitement of mixed media and the exploration of different techniques and genres. Colour exhilarates her and pouring an array of colours onto her palette always inspires.She enjoys teaching online and in-person workshops. In the future she plans to teach more in-person workshops and to show her work in more exhibitions.
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Giveaway: September 22, 2021
I was born in Poland and I studied at the Institute of Art Education of the Silesian University (2001-2006). In 2018 I completed post-graduate course in the field of Art Therapy in Germany and it helped me with getting back to painting after a long break and to “rediscover” myself as an artist. Since 2011 I am living in Switzerland and although I am currently working in a completely different area, I have a desire to share my art with others and to prove that it is never too late to make a dream come true. Every picture therefore conveys the message that every person is special/unique and has a talent. It also encourages to discover our hidden talents regardless of age.
Mikell is an artist that loves exploring different mediums to create art from her soul. Her art has been featured in a couple galleries where she has lived. She has found a passion for helping her students on their artistic journey
As a child, Mikell was drawn to all kinds of artistic endeavors. In high school, in Northern Virginia where she grew up, she practically lived in the art rooms. She traveled around the country studying from artists she admired, developing skills and creating her own style. She began teaching in Pennsylvania and discovered her passion for helping students learn and create art in their own style. ‘She has been teaching for over 30 years and encouraged and supported her students in many states
A teacher inspires a young artist
In the 6th grade I had an art teacher, Mrs.Goddard, who saw a spark of talent in me. She ultimately took me under her wing, encouraging me to recognize it in myself. It wasn’t uncommon for Mrs.Goddard to send another student to pull me from class to help with large school art projects. Being one of the taller girls in school I never really felt like I fit in, so when Mrs. Goddard would request my assistance with various art projects I always felt special. I knew at an early age that this was a once in a lifetime experience.The watercolor carousel horse I was working on in Mrs. Goddard’s class eventually caught the eye of the school principal, Ms. Lee, and before I knew it, I had my first commission. Upon completion, Ms. Lee not only paid me $5.00, she also framed and hung it in her office. It was in that moment that I knew the importance of art and the impact it was going to have in my life. Forty years later and I am still creating, sharing it with the world and making a difference. I have THE BEST JOB in the world!
Svitlana Prokopenko is an artist from Ukraine, currently lives and works in Italy. Her paintings reflect different stages of the artist’s life. She received her art education in Kiev, Ukraine and Florentine academies in Italy. In her work Svitlana combines traditional and modern techniques. The source of inspiration for her is the masterpieces of ancient masters, as well as nature, everyday life, her own feelings and emotions.
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.
Shannon Richardson has being painting since she was a child growing up in the remote woods of northern Washington. Eventually her endless love of creating led her to receive her Bachelors degree from the Pacific NW
College of art in Portland Oregon after spending her Junior year abroad studying classical techniques of the old masters in Italy. Her work is often surreal and although grounded in realistic emotions they are formed through a process of intuition and imagination. She currently lives in a tiny agricultural community on the West Slope of Colorado where she runs a working studio and gallery.
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: September 25, 2021
Pamela is a mixed medium artist whose art journey led her to the Oregon Coast where she lives with her husband and cat, Nacho. She has been creating art professionally for the last 28 years. She started as an internationally known watercolorist with an art background in graphite. Most recently, she has been exploring mixed mediums and focuses on portraiture and the human form. Pamela’s diversity in combining mixed media with altered arts has awarded her creations being published in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and the Denali Literary and Arts magazine. Although Pamela focuses on portraiture, she enjoys creating whimsical animals, florals, and seascapes. In 2017, Pamela returned to teaching, utilizing her art website at pamela-vosseller.squarespace.com to offer online art classes where students can learn to paint using acrylics, inks, collage, graphite, charcoal, and oils. Her passion to learn and teach others that they can create is reinforced by her belief that if we try to accept our inner critic as a friend, we can push forward believing we are an artist. She tells her students, “If we don’t try, we will never know what we might have missed.”
Deborah is a full-time artist living in Manchester, UK, with her family in a house full of animals and love. Her influences come from the surreal, magical and fairy-tale worlds she has loved since childhood and developed through her time as a primary school teacher. Her earliest ambition was to track down Peter Pan and learn how to fly, closely followed by being a primary school teacher, where she hoped to ignite a passion for story and creativity in the children she taught. Now, though art and story-telling, she creates worlds where the impossible can happen – wonderful worlds where animals talk and big-eyed girls join them for unimaginable adventures. Her ideal day would include family, a blanket, pencils, storybooks, copious cups of tea and snuggles with her bunnies. She works mainly in graphite, pencil, watercolour and oils but is equally at home behind a sewing machine creating fabric art pieces with her curious creations. Shown and collected nationally and internationally, Deborah loves to create funny little friends for children of all ages.
As a child, Ellen could be found doodling under the cherry tree in her backyard while carrying on lengthy conversations with the squirrels and birds. Her love of art continued through her teen years and into college where she studied graphic design. She has been a full-time working artist since 2012.
Today, Ellen remains happiest when connected to animals and bringing them to life on paper or canvas. Her most popular body of work features animals painted in richly, intense color combinations, all created with the intent on capturing the spirit of her subjects. Many of these images can be seen in her oracle deck, ‘Power Animals of the Planet’.
Ellen’s work has been featured in several publications: Pigments of Your Imagination – Second Edition, by Cathy Taylor KOALA, by Thames & Hudson Publishing, Australia. Paisley Magazine – Cover, May 2020 Handmade Seller Magazine, January, 2021 Readings by Denise Bossarte
Her artwork resides in businesses and private collections across North America, Europe and Australia. She calls South Bend, Indiana her home and resides there with husband Craig and her golden retriever puppy, Maven.
I’m Francisca Nunes, a self taught mixed media artist living in Portual. Absolutly passionate about art journaling, I create intuitive art, mixing color, texture and nature elements. I always saw myself wandering around the crafts all my life, but nothing was that thing!! Until I find art journaling. From a science path as a Biology teacher discover that I could express myself through art, with no fear of others judgment, accepting my messy way of see things transformed my life, the way I see Art and the way that I allowed myself express my heart and soul. So, I define my art as explorative and expressive. I express my inside world through intuitive compositions. I incorporate nature as a medium to ecoprint and dye papers and fabrics and use them to create my own artjournals and to explore as collage elements.
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.
I am a Mixed Media Artist living in Stockholm, Sweden. I found my unique creative spark and source within myself after many years of pushing it aside. For me it was all about the process, the doing. To actually get messy and just do. My process is very unstructured, tactile and yes, quite messy and through that I open up the magic of what is unique within me. 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 have seen how my creative process and approach has helped the creativity blossom in me and in hundreds of my students and I’m so excited to share it with you to inspire you to expand and grow yours!
My name is Lee Anne Washburn. I live in the Columbus, Ohio (USA) area with my husband and three cats. I am a self-taught artist who also likes to create art journals, crochet and sew. I enjoy painting in almost all mediums but especially love acrylic or mixed media. I am completely fascinated with drawing and painting faces, both human and animal, and my style tends to fall somewhere between whimsy and realism. Art is my way of expressing myself and also a way for me to relax.
I’m Pat Rios. A mom, wife, animal lover and late-blooming artist. I was born and raised in Brazil but as an adult, I was lucky enough to live in a few different places around the US and Europe with my husband, our two sons and multiple pets. We currently live in the beautiful suburbs of Connecticut, USA.I paint expressive portraits of people and animals in acrylics using loads of texture and vibrant, bold colors. That is what moves me, and I hope my work evokes the beautiful and powerful emotions that run through me as I am creating them. I also love to teach what I know to people who want to learn how I paint. I share everything in my classes and am always happy to answer questions, and give constructive feedback to my students.
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
Russell Miyaki is a contemporary artist, creative director and designer in New York city. Born and raised in New Mexico. Went to school in Colorado graduating with honors, and majoring in advertising design and illustration. Throughout his career he has worked for several design studios and advertising agencies winning his share of industry awards and being recognized by American Illustrator as a winner in the AI-AP 40 Showcase. His exhibitions have been in galleries in Paris and throughout the US.
Stephanie is a portrait artist living, creating and teaching in Augusta, Georgia. She admits to having a bit of a split personality when it comes to her artistic style. With her pet portraits she leans towards the realistic and her portraits of people go the other way with a slightly distorted, illustrative style. But with both of these, she always includes bold unexpected colors and textures. Through her love of animals, she has been able to turn her passion into a reality and has been working as a full time Pet Portrait artist since 2013. Her work is in homes worldwide. She also has several paintings licensed out to companies throughout the country including Home Goods and Wayfair.
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
Cecile Yadro is a French artist, both digital and traditional. She’ve always been drawing, painting, sewing, quilting, embroidering, anything arts or crafts related. Cecil graduated from Art school but got back to art three years ago and now she is a full time artist and art teacher.
Dena Ann Adams is an instructor, painter, and creative based in Minneapolis, MN.
Her studio is in the heart of the city, and her work strives to create moments and places of contemplation, tranquility, and re-connection through painting – soul-sustaining color and atmosphere in the midst of a chaotic and often demanding world.
Her teaching philosophy is that painting is a come-as-you-are invitation to creativity. We learn to paint and we paint at any and all levels with joy and curiosity. We paint both for painting’s sake but also because the practice of painting informs and enhances all the other practices in our lives – whatever they may be.
Do you lack focus and motivation to finish what you started? Is it hard to find the time in a day to work on your art? Are you struggling to find your style and develop a strong portfolio? Are you using your art to judge yourself as not good enough, instead of letting it be joyful and healing? How are you holding yourself back from fully expressing yourself as an artist? Bring your challenges and questions via our students only FB group to live coaching sessions with Lucy Morningstar, professional artist and certified life coach.
Coaching can help you dramatically change your creative life, and transform your relationship with your art and yourself.
Giveaway: October 3, 2021
If life happens and artist can’t participate -the lesson will be substituted with a similar lesson.