This year we have over 40 FREE memberships to give away to lucky winners!
Each artist instructor is giving away a FREE spot to participate in this amazing class! You can find the schedule under each instructir’ bio, just scroll down.
The giveaways will take place on the artists’ social media and blogs. 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!
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All the images are representative samples of artwork by artist instructors that are in PYHAS2023 and they are NOT from the actual lessons. The artists are currently working on brand new lessons in their signature styles.
Rosso Emerald Crimson
In her portraiture, London-based artist Rosso Emerald Crimson renders female subjects who emerge through a haze of pastels and muted tones. The artist often depicts the women and girls staring forward with unsmiling expressions. Technically, while the portrayal of the figures is achieved by a meticulous rendering using traditional oil painting techniques, the deconstruction (and reconstruction) of the surrounding is achieved by juxtaposition of different media, including spray paint, vigorous scraping and scratching of the surface and application of metal leaf and gilding. Rosso is primarily a self-taught artist. She’s been selected as a 2021 finalist in the “Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize” international competition. She won the “Jackson Open Painting Prize 2019 (JOPP2019)” for the Portrait/Figure category; “The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2017” and the “Emerald Winter Pride Art Award” in 2016. She was twice selected to participate in “Sky Portrait Artist of The Year”, aired nationwide in UK in 2020 and in 2019. Rosso’s art has been featured in Colossal, Evolved Mag, MyModernMet, Artists&Illustrator; The Artist’s Magazine, etc and on cover of Arena Magazine (Australia). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally (UK, Norway, US), included in Saatchiart shows, and sold to renown art collectors worldwide.
Emma is a British Artist now living in Southern Spain. She took up painting when she moved there about 6 years ago. Emma paints large, bold and curvy ladies. Always with a message of positivity, defiance, acceptance and fun. Emma uses bright, colourful and patterned underpaintings that are integral to the finished work. Sometimes allowing these initial layers to stay visible, other times blocking them out. Emma loves to fill her work to the edges, often with her figures actually pushing up against or interacting with the edge of the canvas. Emma is a self taught artist and now sells across the globe and teaches her style online. She works from her studio at her home amongst the Olive and almond trees which she shares with her dogs and the many foster dogs she rescues.
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”. Tracy is an inspiration instigator, gentle guide, prolific painter, bestselling author, smitten traveler and soaker up of all that is beauty-full. She teaches her creative workshops all over this amazing planet and also online, always with the overriding intention to remind her students of the wonder that already resides within them. When she is not hanging out with her family in their “made with love” 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 might find her painting beside thermal pools on an Italian island with an eager group of students, or sitting in a circle on St Pete Beach, Florida, listening intently as women share their stories of creative yearning. Her paintings 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, Ita to precious granddaughter Nora Luz and co-adventurer in life with her amor of 36 years, the talented and brilliant Marco. You can find more about Tracy, her art and classes at her website at http://tracyverdugo.com. You can also say hi at https://www.pinterest.com.au/tracy_verdugo/. In 2022 Tracy plans to share more on her Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/tracyverdugo so be sure to subscribe there also!
Svala Cavanagh is a Mixed Media Artist based in Bonn, Germany. She loves to work with all kinds of different mediums and explore the endless possibilities that come with them. Her favorite mediums are acrylic and oil paints, but she also likes to incorporate inks, markers, spraypaint or crayons to give her paintings a unique and modern look, combining both realistic and abstract elements. After working in „normal jobs“ for many years, two years ago she took the leap to pursue her dream to become a professional artist. Her goal is to empower people to follow their dreams and to find peace in doing what they love. She has a deep love for all living beings, so a lot of her work focuses on wild animals portrayed in a colorful and modern way. Another passion of hers is creating powerful art of and for women.
Zac has a BFA with a focus on drawing from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. He’s an advertising creative director by day and portrait artist by night. Focused mainly on graphite pencil with a bit of oil painting mixed in.
Victoria Sills is an UK based artist whose practice holds drawing as its main foundation. She often uses this as a springboard to develop work into paintings, lino or woodcuts, videos or mixed media compositions. More recently she has been using these more traditional and easily accessible methods of painting, printing & drawing to explore contemporary subjects such as addiction, isolation & mental health in an ever increasing technological world.
Liz Frankland is a painter in Berkley, MI. She works primarily with acrylics and oils on canvas in a loose but realistic style. She studied fine art at the College for Creative Studies and graduated with a BFA in 1996. Liz is an award winning artist and popular painting instructor in the Metro Detroit area.
I am Micki Wilde otherwise known as ‘The Secret Hermit’ I am a self taught artist from Leicestershire, UK. I first started my art journey in 2007 as a hobby recommended by a close friend. After my first tentative steps into mixed media art journaling, my love of art eventually consumed me and it was all I could think about. I opened up an Etsy shop and started my official small business selling paintings in 2010. In 2013 I was asked to take part in an online teaching course alongside a group of well known mixed media artists and this pushed me into the world of teaching. Fast forward several years to present day and you will find me making art for auctions and my Etsy shop, selling prints via Posterlounge, IKEA and other retail stores as well as producing online classes of which I currently have 11 self paced classes available.
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: https://rumakschool.ru, Youtube.
Tiffany S. Davanzo
Tiffany is a Certified Medical Illustrator based out of East Tennessee. She illustrates anatomical and surgical textbooks, and spends her days drawing what lies beneath the skin for clients worldwide. A busy career kept her away from portrait drawing for years until she decided to start applying her digital painting skills to portraits for fun. She adores experimenting with different styles and creating digital portraits with programs like Procreate- but she also cherishes the months she can dust off her brushes and pencils and get her hands covered in paint or graphite. She believes that the process of creating art should make the artist smile from start to finish. Her portraits are influenced by her love of anatomy, and desire to add whimsical twists.
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. denadraws.com
Katrina Koltes grew up traveling worldwide, and is now a full-time artist based in Italy.
Her paintings are a vivid expression with striking, colorful plays of light delving into mystical and magical worlds. Her methods are very intuitive, layering various mediums such as oils, acrylics, and inks to create depth and variety. Katrina works with various galleries worldwide, and her work is collected and exhibited internationally. In 2022 she exhibited in the Van Gogh gallery in Madrid, the Ducal Palace in Genova, MADS gallery Milano, and Carey Gallery in Barcelona. Katrina participated in the “Outstanding Artist” season 3 (an international talent show with the MAI), and is featured this fall in British Vogue Magazine and Gallery. One of her artworks was also exhibited in New York during the Many Faces of Art concert by the renowned pianist Margin Alexander this Spring. With her art, Katrina aims to inspire through soul expression, empowering others to find their inner strength and magic. katrinakoltes.com
Sherry has enjoyed creating art all of her life. She is a self-taught artist and art teacher living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She enjoys painting expressive impressionistic landscapes, figures and still life using all mediums, with her favorites being acrylic paints and soft pastels.
Hi, I am Charlotte Hamilton.
I am originally from England but have been living in Canada for the past 22 years. Living in Canada means experiencing four very different Seasons, which I’m sure influences my work. I have been working in the art field for the past 30 years. From Interior decoration in the form of decorative Murals to illustrations and everything in between. I started teaching art 12 years ago when I started Summer Art camps for kids. This has lead to teaching in schools as well as creating classes for adults and a few online platforms. For the past couple of years I have been doing a Daily Live on Instagram every morning at 8am est, it’s free to join. It helped many others and myself through the ups and downs of the Pandemic. Consistency is key to growth, even if it’s just a 10 minute daily practice.
“When asked to define her artistic style, Lori Siebert says that she likes to be a bit of a chameleon. Constantly experimenting with different styles and mediums feeds her insatiable curiosity. She has a very whimsical design sense and loves to play with color to give each collection that and she designs its own unique personality. She started taking private art lessons at the young age of 7 and continued to study art throughout high school. This lead to a degree in graphic design from the University of Cincinnati. She opened her own design firm just 3 years out of college in 1987. Her firm, Olika Studios, has developed branding and design programs for influential clients such as Target, Bath & Body Works, Nickelodeon and Universal Studios. Lori began the art licensing arm of her business 15 years ago and now works with several top manufactures in the gift and home decor industry. Her client list includes Demdaco, Creative Co-op, Studio M, Lang and many more. Her licensed products have been sold through many key retailers and small gift shops throughout the United States and Canada. She has been featured in “Where Women Create” and “Where Women Create Business.” She is also the co- founder of ArtBizJam and ArtBizJam Abundance, which provide helpful business tips and networking opportunities for women artists. And, she hosts and teaches at several creative retreats each year including her first European retreat in southern France in 2019 and will be repeating it again in 2022. One of her greatest honors is being an ambassador for Gudrun Sjoden, her favorite fashion and home textile designer.”
As an artist, paint has become the main medium through which I explore, discover and polish my potential as a person. Through the techniques of oil, acrylic, watercolour and gouache I direct my fascination towards the human and animal figure as the primary motif of my work. Painting in my case is presented as a continuous search for beauty. Guided by the determination to follow in the footsteps of my influences in the art world and the quality I find in their work. My paintings, characterized by their exaggerated colours and magical settings, pursue my image of beauty that I feel to a certain extent bigger than my own being, ending up with an independent, subjective and at the same time universal work. The faithful representation of the figures in my paintings is combined with the gestures and versatility that the medium itself offers me. Drips, organic and intuitive brushstrokes, subtle details, drawings and glazes cover my work granting rawness and abstraction to it.
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! JensPaperFriends
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Lucy Brydon is a mixed media artist living in the North-East of Scotland. Her work combines printmaking, watercolor and gouache, which reflect her love of nature, layers, texture and storytelling. She is mainly influenced by Scottish Folklore, children’s book illustrations and the natural world. She has published a variety of online courses and taught in several collaborative online courses, including Paint Your Heart & Soul. She has a monthly online art club: The Art Lab Association, which teaches students a variety of watercolor and gouache techniques. As well as this she also co-hosts “The Celtic Collective”, a monthly art club devoted to fantasy, fairy and folklore art with her friend Karen Campbell. Karen and Lucy also co-host a podcast called “1 Scot 1 Not” in which they talk about Scottish myths, magic, ghosts and history. Once a year, they host a week long art retreat in a Scottish castle! Her work has been exhibited in many galleries such as The Inverarity Gallery and Zenwalls, and is sold worldwide online and through the Auctions.
Rachel Azzopardi Carbonese
Rachel is a contemporary artist with a love for emotion and its visual expression. Her painting journey started in childhood, being mentored by the late Charles Cassar right into her late teens. Her fascination with the human form remained a constant and manifested itself into painting portraits with a particular focus on the emotional state. In her personal work, Rachel attempts to capture a specific facial gesture, with the aim of using the imagery to transfer a mood, a message, or even a feeling. Rachel spends most of her time in her studio, painting portrait commissions and expanding her personal body of work, exploring how human expression can be received and interpreted, versus how the subject intends to communicate their emotion.
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.
Kat Hamilton is a self taught Australian/Iranian artist who paints in the pop surreal style with an influence from the middle east as well as Asian countries. She also has a huge love of Easter European art.
Kat used to draw back in her high school days and for a long while did not practice her craft. It wasn’t until her first child 9 years ago that Kat got back into painting that led her to where she is. Now with 4 children and a puppy, Kat juggles her art life with her children and paints at night to fulfil her commitments as well as her passion for painting. Kat started painting seriously about 5 years ago and started out with watercolours and pencils, now she is using the whole plethora of art mediums to create her mixed media works.
I am a British-Australian Artist working across drawing mediums, with a specific focus on graphite and coloured pencil. With degrees in Anthropology and Criminology, I initially ventured into a career in government policy analysis, before accepting my true (and hopefully long-lasting) calling in the visual arts. Over recent years, I have also been fortunate to win a number of drawing awards and commendations for my graphite portraiture work in the Australia-Eastern region. I am passionate about drawing because there is no end to how much the artist can stretch themselves via a single, humble tool – the pencil. I consider portrait and figure studies a cornerstone of my observational practice and focus on emphasising dimension, details that make people unique and in trying to capture subjects without contrivance. A more recent aspect of my work is to combine graphite and coloured pencil phases into single artworks with a distinct illustrative quality and multi-dimensional tonal impressions. All-in-all, I look to create bold, characterful pieces that demonstrate a strong respect for traditional drawing techniques; I therefore ascribe great importance to principles of proportion, perspective, form and value.
Jan Paron is a self-taught artist specializing in faith-based, portraiture and textile art. Her love for art began in the third grade when the classroom teacher exhibited Jan’s textile wall hanging at the Art Institute of Chicago. This prompted her mother to create a studio space in the basement and send her daughter to art school. It was at the Prokop’s Art School during grade school that the instructor introduced portraiture. Jan has been hooked on portraiture since then in diverse mediums whether paint, graphite, charcoal, oil, digital, or textile. She has taught various classes of portraiture across generations. Her current focus is textile portraiture influenced by the works of Sue Stone, Susie Vickery, and Emily Jo Gibbs. You can find her website at https://histruejoy.blogspot.com
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.
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 never ending 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 Denmark.
My name is Bonita Balster-Hendriks and I live in The Netherlands together with my husband, daughter Luna (6 years old) and three cats. Ever since I was a young child I have always been creating. I remember always carrying some sheets of drawing paper or a sketchbook around, together with a graphite pencil and a reference picture of a celebrity. Then I became a primary school teacher and stopped creating. After a huge life change in 2016 (the start of chronic nervepain issues) I re-discovered drawing. I started to experiment and play with other mediums as well, loving the use of colour and endless possibilities of mixed media. Creating made me able to express my inner feelings, find some calm and joy. It helped me to handle the chronic nervepain and to stay positive. When I’m creating I feel like I can escape to another world where anything is possible. Nowadays I create in different mediums such as colored pencil, graphite, watercolor, acrylics and oils. I also love to play and experiment with mixed media. I love to put a lot of details in my creations. I often create portraits, but I also like to get inspired by nature and create insects, pets, flowers, etc.
Hi, my name is Rossana. I’m Italian and I live in a lovely town near the Alps with my husband, son, and dog Woodoo. I’m a self-taught artist and I started developing an interest in art, while following my passion for English, listening to online art lessons. This is how I discovered PYHS2017, one of my first year-long classes. I’m very grateful to Olga for giving me the opportunity to try teaching for the first time. I think it will be an amazing experience. I always have fun doing art and creating things is the best way to connect me with my inner child. I prefer using acrylics and collage, but I experiment with any kind of medium, including clay, oils, gouache. I love to recycle, and this is why I started to create my Little People, a bunch of funny characters brought to life with names and funny stories.
Renata Loree is a mixed media artist, portrait painter and the lover of mythical knowledge and the worshiper of the Goddess as expressed through nature and in art. She is a self taught creator and is continuously trying to improve her art skills through daily mediative art sessions and studding ancient art forms, from which she draws most of her inspiration. Renata attributes her creative process to her ongoing spiritual healing and she considers it the most important part of her journey on this planet. She also feels that any knowledge we gain should be shared with others to inspire and gain any benefit for themselves.
A self-proclaimed artist since the tender age of 5, Sonya Yencer’s pursuits throughout life have always centered around creativity. She is a fine artist, graphic designer, Certified Zentangle Teacher®, author and former cake decorator. After earning a degree in Visual Communications, she opened a boutique graphic design studio, fine art studio and skincare business. She teaches online and in-person workshops in various media. In her spare tine she is Chair of an international 501(c)3 non-profit providing educational opportunities to Haitians with disabilities. Sonya’s journey into acrylic pouring began in fall of 2019 and became a mainstay during the pandemic. After creating nearly 100 pieces and running out of wall space in her home, she began selling them to make room for more! Sonya is passionate about teaching art and making it accessible to everyone, regardless of skill level. She is humbled and excited to be part of the artist lineup for Paint Your Heart and Soul 2023. . You can follow her life pursuits and artistic endeavors on her personal Facebook page (@ZenergizeYou) and on Instagram (@SonyaHaitiQueen).
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! jennygrantart.com
GIVEAWAY: September 30
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Gayatri Bapat Yelegaonkar
Gayatri was Born in a small beautiful place in India. She has a Diploma in Applied Arts and Recently finished her Mastery Program from Milan Art Institute. With both parents being artists she was always surrounded with a passion for art and design. She was always encouraged to design and create so It was easy for her to start loving it, make it her hobby and then her profession. That Being said Art is so much more than a profession to her. Art is her life and It’s the only lifestyle she knows and is grateful for. When it comes to art she is an explorer, Exploring and Experimenting through each painting. She uses mixed media, Making it spontaneous at the beginning and refining it at the end.
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. rachelfavelle.com
Tiare Smith (pronounced Tee-are) is a mixed media artist and instructor. She has enjoyed teaching around the country, as well as internationally. Her creations have been featured on HGTV in numerous magazines and creative blogs. She has designed for DecoArts, Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts and other well known manufacturers. She currently has a set of wood plaques sold in stores worldwide, as well as online at Michaels, Macy’s and Wayfair. Through her online art classes students learn to create without judgment, experience joy in creating, express themselves more freely and embrace the creative possibilities.
Melanie Rivers/Tiyaltwelwet, is an Indigenous mixed media artist, instructor, and Expressive Arts Guide. Melanie is from the Squamish First Nation and lives in her community in West Vancouver, Canada. She teaches online art and creativity classes to women around the world, helping them build joyful and self-compassionate art practices. Melanie draws from her traditional ancestry and teachings in her art and classes. Melanie says, “Creating art brings me into the present moment, into stillness. In this space I am not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. In stillness, I find myself. I find peace, clarity and connection with my real emotions”. In her art, she depicts the strength, realness and vulnerability of women. She believes art has many medicines to share with us—stillness, joy, connection– and by building a self- compassionate art practice, we can experience these medicines on a regular basis.
Luz Stella Romero
Colombian artist in love with art for 8 years; love that has been cultivated day by day in admiration for other artists and from whom I have also learned through online courses. I love dry techniques like graphite pencil and charcoal and wet techniques like watercolor and gouache. That is why I usually taking advantage combine them with each other. I am very inspired by fauna and flora, characters of the moment, a movie. For me, just as life has colors, in my works that are monochromatic, I also give them life with color.
Maureen has been using Creativity as a pathway for healing and transformation for years. She is a full-time Mixed Media Artist, Art & Meditation teacher and woman in recovery living in North Carolina. Her passion is to help women find their unique creative energy & connect to their inner resources in the process. She is a believer in intuitive wisdom, creative magic, and soul exploration! Her art practice involves consciously inviting the power of creativity to heal, awaken and shift energy.
Joan Martin is an artist and high school art teacher who lives in Durban on the tropical east coast of South Africa. Joan Martin works predominantly in mixed media and her attitude to art-making has been described as “reflecting intense curiosity and creative courage”. She often subverts her own process by consciously using tools that she can’t control or by splashing materials over her work that can potentially destroy the image. Experimentation and making marks is what drive her artistic journey. She believes that too many people see art as a product instead of an experience. She includes experimentation and “play” in both her own art and in her teaching and claims that if you are not prepared to make mistakes you won’t learn. Joan Martin has been involved in group exhibitions in her own country and Internationally (USA, Canada, and France), Various local art studios and galleries have invited her to run adult workshops and present talks about art. She has taught online art lessons for various art associations since 2018. She has also assisted as a curator for various local art galleries.
SW Florida, USA based artist Lorrie Bennett is a self-taught, contemporary and expressive freelance painter and mixed-media artist and illustrator and has always known, from a very early age, that she was an artist. Creating has always been a journey of experimenting and exploration for her and as it continuously develops, Lorrie welcomes the freedom of artistic expression. Bound by no medium, she loves color and texture and often paints using an assemblage of layers of material such as acrylics, inks, pastels, charcoal, monoprints, photo transfers, fabrics and vintage ephemeral papers. Lorries’ life has been shaped and inspired by nature with its complex beauty and this especially influences her art. Her current figurative and animal works are often embellished with beautiful florals or contain forest inspired scenes. Her paintings combine a mixture of classical painting style with modern, expressive and even abstract details while the layers of mixed media she uses peeks through what has been painted, pulls you closer, and exposes more of the painting’s story. Lorrie has been blessed to have her artwork reside in private homes and businesses, as well as multiple publications, children’s books, and awards.
Being an artist is not about being gifted, it’s about willing to try, to have fun, to improve. Eugénie aka SupermamaDesVosges is an overscheduled mom. She thought for a long time that creative arts were not made for her. Full time job, family life with 4 children, daily routine: no way! But then curiosity overcame all other concerns and she started sewing, carving stamps, watercolor, acrylic, … And she studied. She took online courses. A lot! And finally she ended up using and mixing all this new knowledge in a journal, HER “art journal”.
We’re not gonna lie: it rocks! But you too are an artist! If you are interested, she invites you to join her in a creative adventure where the only limit is your curiosity. Explore, learn, share, and let yourself be inspired! www.supermamart.fr
I am Jane Armstrong, currently living in New Wilmington, PA with my spouse and four fur babies. As a young child I took private painting lessons, before marriage, children and a career in the US Air Force interrupted. I am now happily retired, and finding joy in my art once again! I am self-taught with the help and support of so many lovely, on-line artists I met through taking courses like Paint Your Heart and Soul. I primarily paint with oils or watercolors, and love to play with mixed media and collage in my journals. In 2011 I became a Certified Zentangle®Teacher (CZT), teaching my students mindfulness and relaxation by creating art through the use of repeat patterns.
Saskia Van Drunen
Saskia van Drunen is a Dutch artist living in a quiet village in the south of the Netherlands. She lives there with her husband and two children. Saskia’s work is full of colour and transparent layers and her style can be described as abstract realism. She loves to play with colour and experiment with different media, markmaking and techniques. And the first layers of a painting are perfect to explore freely, they are expressive and perfect for her love of inks, spraypaint, acrylics, pigment powder, markers and more.
She combines the abstract with portraits and figures as they both excite her, and she also loves to add in graphic elements as a juxtaposition and as symbolism. It’s the authentic emotion and feelings that she want to express through her brushstrokes. She hopes her art inspires people to follow their passion and empower them to feel free to being your true self.
I am Nanda, a Creative Guide, Intuitive Artist Originally Dutch, now living in Spain. My Sacred SoulArt is intuitively created and often infused with Crystals, intentions, energy etc. Out of your head into your head is what i life by and how i create. I love to create freely and explore and play with ideas that are coming up, letting me lead by my heart. Tapping into play, exploration and combining different techniques.My focus is on the process, and not getting blocked by focussing on an endresult…. But rather let that part go. Allowing things to ¨happen¨ while creating, that it is there for a reason. Painting a story, a message, rather than a lifelike perfect image…letting your soul speak through what you create. My passion is to help woman awake their creativity, (re)ignite their creative spark, heal through art, (re)connect them with their inner child and higher self, show them the amazing power creativity holds, and how to use it for your inner soul work
Annie Hamman is a visionary artist, online art teacher, poet, Akashic Records reader and shamanic practitioner based in South Africa. She describes her art as spiritual, healing story art. She uses nature found items in her creations and often refers to her artistic process as channeling the Great Spirit of Life. Her art depicts medicine women, power animals, shamans of old, plant medicines spirits, like Ayahuasca, goddesses, angels, and enlightened beings. Many of her artworks are accompanied by poems, written by her during painting process. She works in acrylics and large variety of other media, paints on drums, makes healing sculptures, spirit art jewelry and shamanic sacred tools, like rattles, medicine bags, prayer wands and ceremonial masks. Her website offers blog, Akashic readings, online classes, available originals and reproductions, and commissioned work page: www.anniehamman.com
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 5 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 humans and animals. I am fascinated with the contrasts of light and shade and the impact it has when reflecting on a living subject. It is also an outlet for expressing, understanding and resolving my 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, pattern and texture. I also enjoy mixing these for further unique effects.
Four years ago I was introduced to digital art and I now also love creating digital paintings and drawings using Procreate, 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.
Aprell lives in Indiana in the US. She has degrees in psychology and imaging sciences. She began sharing her painting journey online and quickly gained a following. Aprell experiments with figurative expressionism, playing with lines and color, to communicate complex emotional states.
GIVEAWAY: October 13
Olga Furman – hostess
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 the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where I am continuing my art education. This year my painting was included in the “Select Fifty” of the Art Of Portrait international competition by the Portrait Society of America.
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 of my family members are a part of our “Support Team” and provide administrative and technical support. If you have any questions – don’t hesitate to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I have always felt very conservative about online classes until I attended one myself and it completely changed my mind – I have been hooked on online art classes ever since! The accessibility of the lessons from your own home, on your own time, and the opportunity to play the same lesson or a segment of it and replay 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! 6 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 at an affordable price. In PYHaS2023, we are so lucky to collaborate with 40 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 use to create beautiful art. By joining a year long program, you will be encouraged to consistently practice in a welcoming and supportive environment through our community on social media.