Instructor Bios

Susan Alexander
Ever since her first trip to Portugal, where she was captivated by the intricately designed pebble sidewalks and the stunning, colorful tiles wrapped around buildings in every direction, Susan Alexander has been in love with mosaic art its agelessness, its multi-cultural significance, its movement and texture, and the endless possibilities inherent in the enduring art form. An art minor in college, she had a successful career in the non-profit sector as a resource development officer, but now has happily re-connected with her essential creative spirit. In classrooms throughout the Pacific Northwest, she shares her love of mosaic art with eager learners of all ages, and in her workshop-in-the-woods in Olympia, Washington, and through her business, SALVAGGIO!, she creates custom, one-of-a-kind mosaic pieces for homes, gardens and businesses using salvaged materials, vintage furnishings, architectural embellishments, and useful household items.
Mary Ann Beckwith
Mary Ann Beckwith

The beautiful, cold, and remote shores of Lake Superior became home to Mary Ann Beckwith in 1970 and remain her home to this day. She raised her family there and found a wealth of inspiration for her painting and creative explorations in her surroundings.

In 1973, she was hired as an Instructor of Art at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. Over the years, she was promoted until she achieved the ultimate rank of Full Professor. While teaching classes in Painting, Drawing, and Design, she twice won the Distinguished Teaching Award and was inducted into the Academy of Teaching Excellence at MTU. During that time, developing the artistic skills for talented and gifted students was her passion: as it still is today. She presently holds the title of Professor Emeritus.

The author of Creative Watercolor: A Step-by-Step Guide and Showcase, her work has been featured in many books and her magazine credits include a feature article in International Artist Magazine, along with many other articles on her life and work in many other publications.

She has served as juror for many National and Regional societies and organizations: including the American Watercolor Society 150th Annual Exhibition (Awards Jury, 2017); the National Watercolor Society (Jury Selection, 2011); the International Society of Experimental Artists Society (Juror of Selection and Awards, 2008 and 2011). She has judged State and regional Societies in California, Indiana, New Mexico, Florida, Hawaii, Wyoming, Louisiana, and many more.

During her tenure at MTU and while gaining national recognition, she has taught workshops that have been acclaimed and enjoyed by many in the U.S. and abroad. Along with workshops in Experimental Watermedia in Korea, Canada, and England, she has taught many workshops throughout the States as well: including Springmaid Watermedia Workshops, Kanuga Workshops, Art in the Mountains, California Watercolor Society, Cheap Joe's Workshops, and workshops in Hawaii, Florida, Alabama, and many more locations in the States.

Mary Ann has been awarded signature membership in the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Watercolor Honor Society of Watercolor USA, the International Society of Experimental Artists, and the Transparent Watercolor Society. Other Signature awards include: Alabama Watercolor Society, Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Michigan Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, and the Society of Layerists in Multimedia.

Mary Ann has long advocated for and supported the arts, having been on the Boards of numerous societies, she has also been President of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and Vice President of the National Watercolor Society. She has served in many positions in the International Society of Experimental Artists and for scores of local and regional societies. She has worked with youth programs and to raise funds for many arts groups. She organized and ran many programs at Michigan Tech University which are still ongoing, as well as initiated a Guest Artist Residency with many top professionals that ran for 40 years. And, for over two decades she developed and coordinated a Regional Exhibition of art at MTU.

She has been included in Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in American Women, and has received several grants to support her passion for creating her paintings and collages.

To Contact Mary Ann, please email her at mabeckwi@mtu.edu
You can also view some of her work at maryannbeckwith.org
Stephanie Block
Being immersed in the arts early on, Stephanie, began performing on stage at the tender age of 5. Throughout her education she has created and drawn numerous and award-winning art works. While delving into various mediums she graduated from Denver's magnet school, Denver School of the Arts, as a Theatre Major. Following she received a BA in Theatre and a Minor in Photography from the University of Colorado at Denver. Since college she has grown her own professional arts business, practicing the art of henna, worked several successful years as a photographer for Life Touch and currently continues to pursue portrait photography, as well as teaches painting and kid's art classes.
I would rather be creating than anything else. Whether it be a memory or an object, I create with my whole heart. Art is my tool; it is the one way I know I can make an impact on the world. The art of a party, the art of encouraging a child to smile, the art of creating beautiful objects big and small, they are all important to me.
I am always seeking out new ways to explore my creativity and re-invent the traditional. Traveling and being exposed to a diverse number of cultures has given me the inspiration for much of what I do. Wherever I travel I collect objects and materials for my art: tangible and un-tangible things. Everything I do has a story.
Betsy Buckner
Betsy Buckner-Kadane is a wife, mother and artist, but not always in that order.
She has been a resident of Evergreen for 15 years and a full-time artist for 8.

Betsy has studied

abroad in Italy;
at the University of Colorado Denver;
with the Arts Student League of Denver; at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM;
at Anderson Ranch, Aspen, CO;
at Taos School of the Arts, Taos, NM;
Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO;
and more recently at the Andreeva Portrait Academy, Santa Fe, NM.
Each of her paintings strives to capture her emotions of the moment.

Simplistic, yet vibrant, hurried but planned, musical, expressive strokes are all characteristics of her style.
Jayne Colburn
Nationally recognized artist, W, Jayne Colburn (formerly Stanley) began working with natural fibers in 1985 to carry on the tradition of her grandmothers who coiled baskets for generations. She holds two degrees from Indiana University where she studied Environmental sciences, communications and anthropology. Her work has been exhibited in distinctive shows, museums, books and galleries across the nation for over three decades, and she has been a keynote speaker for many basket making conventions.
She has also worked in radio and television as an integrated media rep and voice talent in Denver. She loves teaching and placing natural fibers in the hands of aspiring artists to help unlock their creative potential and gain appreciation for indigenous art, cultures and the natural world. She gently works around each students pace, one -on-one, and remains available beyond the workshop to help any any questions or provide additional assistance. A proud resident of Evergreen since 1999. Learn more about Jayne at: http://gourdsket.com/
Jackie Crivello
Jackie Crivello is an internationally published outdoor/nature photographer
whose photography combines extreme action with striking detail. Her work
brings life to images that draw the viewer into the world of the still untamed
Wild West. Although she travels extensively throughout the US and around the
world on a relentless quest to capture the perfect image, living in Evergreen,
Colorado provides her with an opportunity to reside among the scenery and
wildlife she loves to photograph. Jackie's unique and intense work features
action at its finest and showcases her extraordinary ability to catch wildlife in
the moment at the height of their expression.
Jackie's work has been highly awarded and includes National Geographic's
honor as one of their photo's of the year 2011, Sigma's Best Of Photography
2013, also and not limited to, The International Nature Photography award by
Audobon of greater Denver. Her work has been featured on the landing page for
Bing.com, Digital Pro Magazine, Kingston.com, Finalist Cowboys and Indians
Magazine, Colorado Outdoor Photography magazine, book covers, and
greeting cards, also Montana State Park's visitor center. Her work is sold in fine
art galleries in multiple states. Is published by a major European green greeting
card line. Her personal clients include corporate executives, Beverly Hills
physicians, oil companies and professional athletes. See her work in Frisco, CO
at Buffalo Gallery, in Georgetown, CO at Grizzly Creek Gallery, at Creations
Gallery in Louisville, CO, at Link Gallery in Cheyenne, WY. Or see Jackie on the
Bronco NFL sidelines with Sports Illustrated's Peter Read Miller.
Sally Davidson-Marovich
Sally Davidson-Marovich brings a wealth of experience to her classes. Sally is a licensed art educator and working artist. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of art.Sally revels in encouraging her students to take risks and find their voice. She guides their journey as they gain confidence and excitement about their art. Sally's work is collected across the country. See her work at Colorado Mountain Art Gallery in Georgetown and on the web at www.sallydavidsonarts.com
Herb Dreo
Herb inherited his carving tools and bit of talent from his father, who was a master carver from Austria. He inherited additional woodworking tools from his father-in-law in 2001 and he then started carving the first love affair.
The second love affair started in 2005 when he bought a lathe and turned a variety of bowls, vases, and lidded boxes.
His advice? "I'm living proof of finding a passion and some talent in the arts. Take some classes and find if you've got some hidden within you."
As much as possible he tries to salvage wood that has been cut and is going to the dump. If you get him a chunk of wood, there will be a free bowl in it for you.
Pem Dunn
Pem Dunn has lived and painted in Colorado since 1984 and maintains residences in Evergreen and Tabernash. His paintings are a clear reflection of his love of the out-of-doors. Hiking the backcountry trails of the Rocky Mountains provides much of his inspiration. Viewing Pem's work, one sees many familiar vistas of these areas in his oils. Pem is inspired by the constant changes in light and weather. This inspiration is evident in the light and subtle nuances of color that bring a great deal of richness to his work. Pem has studied with some of this country's finest artists including Joseph Dawley, Natalie Becker, Karen Vance and Scott Christensen.
Marjie Eakin-Petty
Marjie is an internationally and nationally awarded Colorado artist, who's pastel paintings convey vivid contrast and interplay of vibrant color, capturing dramatic light and shadow. She is best known for her serene depictions of water and reflections from Southwestern and Rocky Mountain region landscapes. She has incorporated her background as a Life & Creativity Coach with her more than 20 years of experience of painting in Oils and Pastels to guide and inspire others in their artistic interests.
Carolyn Evans Campbell
Carolyn Evans Campbell has taught poetry, memoir and creative writing in Evergreen and the region for twenty-five years. Her six books of poetry, the historical novel Fireweed, A Woman's Saga in Gold Rush America, and a play with music, have won wide recognition, including The Colorado Book Award, the Willa Literary Awards for historical fiction, and six first place awards from the Colorado Author's League.
Rebecca Folsom
Westword Magazine says, "Her songs hit like little earthquakes." KUNC radio says "Rebecca and her band effortlessly take you from the most tender of ballads to "knock-you-to-your-knees blues". A delicious blend of front porch instrumentals, intimate vocals, soaring harmonies, inspiring tales of human heartbreak, redemption, and liberation, mixed to sweet and spicy perfection. Rebecca brings both a pure vocal quality reminiscent of old Appalachia and a blues prowess. She is joined by a band of ultra-talented musicians steeped in Southern Delta grooves and fun background vocals that lift you up for a truly unique and captivating musical ride! Together their shared accomplishments go on and on; Nashville Songwriters, a Grammy nomination, topping the Roots/Americana and College radio charts for an entire year, having played the highest caliber national and international venues, voted best of BBC Television and Radio to name a few. Together they have been professional singer- songwriters and touring musicians for over 20 years. Rebecca is releasing her 10th CD, Reunion, a stunning tri-medium combination of music, art and poetry that Boulder Magazine describes as "achingly beautiful". A true Renaissance woman, along with being a songwriter and touring musician, she has published two books of poetry and has a BFA in Fine Arts focused in painting and drawing. She has been teaching Songwriting and the Art of Vocal Freedom workshops for over 18 years. Through her extensive collective artistic experience she enjoys inspiring others to shine as individuals and community members, move into authentic expression and action, and find enjoyment as they explore the masterpiece of their lives.
Kelli Folsom
Kelli Folsom specializes in dramatic light and shadow still life painting. Since graduating from art school with her B.F.A. from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2011, she has received numerous awards and scholarships for her work including the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's Anna Lee Stacey scholarship, Southwest Art and American Art Collector Magazine's Award of Excellence and the Oil Painters of America Honorable Mention Award in Figurative Art. Her work has been exhibited in many museum shows, represented by several galleries and in numerous private collections across the country.

She loves capturing the many different textures, patinas and surface qualities that can be found in still life. Her work is imbued with a sense of movement, light, atmosphere and color that makes the painting feel like it's alive and real. She feels there is no better way to get this lifelike quality into the work than by working directly from nature. She enjoys taking a great deal of time to set up the still lifes in her studio finding objects that work well together and create a visual story.

Some of Kelli's greatest still life influences are William Merritt Chase, Frans Mortelmans and contemporary artists David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Gregg Kreutz. She has worked to perfect a look of depth and luminosity through an alla prima painting technique.

"Nature compels me to create. Trying to capture it with sincerity, bravery and vitality is what I am after. To communicate what is important about a thing or scene is what I am seeking, not to just copy reality. I aim to create a visual story that stirs emotion and deep response is my objective."

Kelli Folsom is a member of OPA, AWA, AIS, WAOW and LPAPA.

Carol Garnand
I am a passionate silk artist. For over fifteen years I have been drawing inspiration from our Colorado environment. Starting with white silk fabric, I paint, dye, felt and sew to create one-of-a-kind art. I create silk scarves and change colors and patterns with the different seasons. I paint wall hangings and table coverings of Colorado flora. Recently I've expanded to more wearable art garments, some of which have won awards
Each year I learn a new technique. Several years ago I studied Shibori, a Japanese method of creating patterns on fiber. More recently, fascinated with Nuno-Felting, I begin combining silk dyeing and felting using native Coloradan alpaca and wool fibers to create unique shawls and jackets. In the past several years I have been involved with the Jancie Ford Natural Dye Garden which is a collaboration between Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild and the Denver Botanic Gardens-Chatfield. This has enabled me to study natural dyeing and eco-printing to incorporate in my work.
I teach silk painting, Shibori-dyeing, Nuno-Felting and natural dyeing.
My art is available in many Front Ranges galleries, including Center for the Arts-Evergreen, and at my studio.
Steve Griggs
My love of art started early in life. While other children would lament field trips to the art museum, that was my favorite day of the school year! My mother bought my first 'real' watercolor set of six tubes of paint, when I was in elementary school and my love of watercolor was born. Growing up in a large family made finding time and space for painting difficult. Whenever possible I would steal away to the basement of my childhood home where I would paint but never show anyone what I had done. I remained a 'closet artist' until I attended Michigan State University and graduated with a degree in Studio Art. I later attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Although I occasionally dabble in other media, watercolor is my artistic first love. I have always been drawn to watercolor painting; I appreciate the unique flow of paint, the melting color, the way light takes shape and comes alive on the paper. Watercolors are a bit free-spirited. As an artist, I have had to learn that I will never master the paint, but rather I will work with it.
I have learned several life lessons from watercolor painting such as acceptance and perseverance, letting go and pushing through, and how to be freer.
Randy Hale
Randy Hale did undergraduate work in studio design at Principia College. He had the privilege of being taught watercolor in that tradition of painting now known as the California school of watercolor by one of its original members - James Green. Randy went on to earn a graduate degree in Business from the University of Denver. But it was his immersion in studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA where he crafted a solid foundation in design and composition. Art Center propelled him into a long and successful career in design, project management, and sales. Pitching creative concepts provided a strong foundation in working successfully with people. Once Randy moved back to Colorado his involvement with numerous art groups led to his serving on several boards, organizing shows both locally and nationally, jurying art exhibitions and providing entertaining painting demonstration programs throughout the country. But Randy's true passion has proved to be sharing his knowledge as a teacher and workshop instructor. His PAINTED PALETTE TOURS offers students a chance to enjoy the excitement of travel with fellow painters, discovering exotic locations and capturing expressive paintings that provide further enrichment of those travel experiences. His classes and workshops are popular, fill quickly and generate wait-lists with painters eager to join.
Susan Jarecky
Susan Jarecky was born in 1962, and raised in Irvine, California. Always with crayon or brush in hand, Susan revealed her passion for art early on. She was fortunate to have people of influence around her while growing up, who encouraged the development of her talent.

While attending Cal State Fullerton and with a scholarship to Art Center College, Susan was accepted for apprenticeship at age 19 with Szabo International, a well-known architectural illustration firm. This launched a 30-year career as a professional illustrator in the architectural field. Working in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media, Susan's eye and design ability enables her to translate architects' ideas to presentation form. She eschews the use of computers, which, in her opinion, may become an artist's "crutch,"and creates visual imbalance. She believes sketching with confidence and trusting the eye is key to any art form. Susan's work includes commercial and residential projects worldwide.

Having retired from commercial art, her fine art career has become Susan's focus, as she joyfully returns to her first love of oil painting. In 2011, Susan was honored to make her fine art debut as a first year exhibitor in the Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach.
Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones has a love affair with art as well as teaching. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in the Teaching of French and a minor in French Art History from the University of Illinois. She has a strong art background from her studies of French Impressionism on a semester abroad in France and from ongoing professional artists' workshops. She also has a strong teaching background in art obtained from teaching classes to children and adults at the Center for the Arts Evergreen for the last five years. She has been a professional practicing artist for the past eleven years with a dedicated artist studio in her home in Evergreen. Her artwork appears in various locations in Evergreen.
Karen Lindsay
Bruce Marion
Whether interpreting lush landscapes, dynamic cityscapes, the human form, or pure abstracts, Bruce Marion's lyrical coloration and dramatic use of light and shadow lend his forms a distinctive glowing quality, as though they're illuminated from the soul. Combined with his dynamic knife work, light and texture come together to ignite his works with an energy all their own.

His works on canvas express feelings and sensations, more than actual people and places. "I don't so much seek to portray a specific locale, as to capture a sensory memory of it- as though a camera could somehow photograph a space as seen through your emotions, rather than through your eyes." It's an idyllic, dreamy world, that feels softly familiar. Marion explains, "I constantly hear people saying to each other, 'Oh, doesn't that remind you of when...' as they view my work. And it's a different recollection for everybody, but always a happy one! Really, it's one of the most gratifying parts of being an artist."

Marion received his BFA from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he studied with world-renowned artist Pat Nagel, and Lorser Feitelson, the father of Post-Surrealism. He has taught at the Otis Parsons Institute of Art in Los Angeles, as well as privately, and has received several grants to implement month-long art programs for Arizona elementary school students. Marion recently completed a major public commission for the new social sciences and humanities building at Sam Houston State University in Texas. He is a 2013 nominee for the Governors Arts Award for the state of Arizona.

Website: www.brucemarion.com
Sunny Monaco
Sunny Monaco received her BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, which included an exchange program in Ceramics at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a MA from University of Colorado at Denver. Currently she is a studio artist in Boulder, Colorado and a part-time Art teacher. Sunny's work has been shown at the BMOCA gallery in Boulder, Roshanda Art gallery in Niwot, Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, NS Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Art in Halifax, NS, Sibelle Wolle Art Gallery at the University of Colorado, and Abanakee Art Studios in Indian Lake, NY. She is currently a member of the Foothills Art Center in Golden, CO and the Evergreen Center for the Arts. Her collaborative artwork, Stella Riga Designs, can be found in shops and galleries in Denver, Evergreen, Boulder, Buena Vista, Winter Park, Golden, Tabernash, Fraser, Glen Haven, Fort Collins, Aspen and Indian Lake, NY.
Jan Myers
Jan Myers, a painter for over 40 years, travels throughout the Southwest and other regions photographing and sketching for several weeks at a time. "I'm not really an outdoor painter. Nature can be exciting like a glorious sunset but usually enhancement is needed. If I emphasize color and contrast, there's an excitement the viewer feels. If I'm going for a more tranquil, healing, spiritual sort of landscape, the color choices are much different. It's amazing how much I always need to simplify a scene, leaving a lot out, in order to convey a focused, powerful message; even if it is a peaceful message." Jan holds a BFA from the University of Colorado and has been a signature member of the Pastel Society of America since 1993.
Rodgers Naylor
Rodgers finds a rich array of painting subjects close to home in Colorado and also throughout the
US and abroad, especially the Mediterranean region of Europe.
Rodgers takes a strong interest in the effects of light and shadow and warm/cool colors, and is
intrigued by the interplay between the landscape and its human inhabitants. Each painting is
both an abstract composition of light and dark shapes, and the starting point of a story whose
details and conclusions may be imagined by the viewer. Rodgers completes some work "alla
prima", i.e. in one painting session, and others as a part of a group of paintings done together
over a period of weeks. He paints both in the studio and en plein air.
ART EDUCATION: Rodgers has studied art at:
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
The Atelier (Minneapolis)
Art Students League of Denver
American Impressionist Society
Art Students League of Denver
Oil Painters of America
Plein Air Artists Colorado
Susan Calloway Fine Art, Washington DC
Rice Gallery of Fine Art, Kansas City
Button Gallery, Douglas, Michigan
The FrameSmith, Dallas

email: rodgers@grnaylor.com
phone: 303.562.7554 March 2017
Ellen Nelson
2017 Audubon Photo Award Winner
Jonathan Nicklow
Jonathan Nicklow received his BFA in painting at Savannah College of Art and Design and his MFA in printmaking at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His art has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in many collections around the world, including the Smithsonian Institute. He currently teaches at Metro State University. Jonathan has lived in Evergreen for over twenty years with his wife, two cats and their dog, Luna.
Helene North
Helene North is a native of France and has taught French language for many years in Denver and in Evergreen to both adults and children. She is also a fiber enthusiast.
Janet Nunn
The bright color and blending Janet uses creates detail and feeling in her paintings. Capturing the Colorado landscape is one of her favorite compositions. There is so much to paint in Colorado from changing colors, varied landscape and the great people. Janet uses a paint made in Colorado, Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Liquid Watercolors. This paint keeps the brightness and consistency in the paintings. Janet's paintings were featured in Watercolor Artist in the February 2014 issue. The books Splash 14 and 16 have paintings by Janet. Janet's work also appears in the Spring issue of Rocky Mountain Gardening.
As an instructor, Janet enjoys teaching in a positive way, guiding students to uncover their own style of painting while they learn many watercolor techniques. Here are links to Janet's YouTube Videos:
Colorful Cactus https://youtu.be/rqe6tftYEzo

Wave of Snow https://youtu.be/GfE2D62bMTE via @YouTube

Janet has produced two "How Do You Paint That" books of 41 step-by-step lessons in each book, available on her website:
Stephanie O'Malley
Stephanie is currently the Director of Education and Festivals at Center for the Arts Evergreen, and the Manager of the Colorado Mountain Art Gallery. She exhibits her fine art photography in several galleries, and owns a wedding and portrait business.
Collin O'Malley
Collin is a life-long player and lover of chess as well as an experienced instructor.
Caroline O'Malley
Caroline is a graduate of Evergreen High School, and the University of Colorado Boulder, where she was a Humanities major with an emphasis in Classics and Music. Caroline just completed her second year as a teacher in Teach for America, a diverse network of leaders who confront educational inequity through every sector. Caroline is excited to work with children at Center for the Arts Evergreen.
Dan Oakleaf
Dan Oakleaf has lived in Colorado his whole life, and explores the back country whenever he can. Dan studied at the Art Students League of Denver, and with Molly Davis, Kevin Weckbach, Quang Ho, John Lencicki and Tony Ortega. Now Dan is painting full-time, and still paints with Kevin a couple times a month. Dan sometimes paints in the field, sometimes in his studio, or even in the back room zoology department at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Although Dan believes the most important parts of a painting are the visual properties and technical aspects of a work, nature still provides the inspiration.
Discussion Panel
Larry Porter
LARRY PORTER is a concert and jazz pianist who has performed internationally. As a music educator he has taught at Texas Christian University, the University of Northern Arizona, Antioch College (Ohio), & Santa Fe Community College. He is President and Founder of International Piano Institute of Santa Fe.

Mr. Porter holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Northern Arizona University, and has Doctoral Studies at Arizona State University and the University of North Texas.

He has served as assistant technician at the University of North Texas, Concert Technician for Antioch University, Primary Contractor for Baldwin Factory Piano Outlet Stores in Cincinnati and
Indianapolis, Steinway Technician
for Graves Piano in Columbus and
Steinway Department Manager for
Hauer Music in Dayton. Porter has
contracted as piano technician for major
dealers and manufacturers such as
Fazioli, Bosendorfer, Baldwin, Steinway,
Hamburg Steinway, Petrof, Mason and
Hamlin, Seiler, Shimmel and Yamaha.
Marilyn Quigley
I have had the pleasure of being a professional floral designer for more than thirty years. My degree is in Horticulture, and I studied floral design in Amsterdam. I have owned my own retail flower shop and wholesale dried flower design business. Now able to take a step back from my career, I enjoy teaching floral design. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to share something I love with my students. Flowers have been a wonderful livelihood allowing me to express myself artistically while enjoying the experience of owning a small business.
Stephen Quiller
Stephen Quiller is an internationally known painter who works primarily in water media, monotypes, and intaglio printmaking. He is best known for his innovative approach to water media painting: watercolor, gouache, acrylic, casein and their combinations, and for his use of color.
Don Sahli
Don's journey to become a professional artist began at an early age. During high school, he was honored as a gold key finalist at the National Scholastic Art Competition for an unprecedented four consecutive years. At age sixteen he was exhibiting and selling his work at galleries in Taos, New Mexico and in Texas. As a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin, he made the Dean's list and his work was selected for the student faculty show.
In 1982 he met Sergei Bongart, the famous Russian colorist. "I attended a painting demonstration by Sergei Bongart at his summer workshop in Rexburg, Idaho. There I saw Bongart use color, paint and confident brush strokes like I had never seen before. At that moment I knew I wanted to be a painter in this colorful tradition of the Russian School. My life was changed forever in an instant."
At Bongart's invitation, Don moved to Los Angeles, CA and became Bongart's last scholarship student and apprentice. Sahli was also a pupil of Sunny Apinchapong Yang, Bongart's long time teaching assistant. Don studied with Bongart for three years, until his passing in 1985.
In 1995 Don Sahli opened the Sahli School of Art in Evergreen, Colorado where he continues the tradition of color and temperature in the lineage of the Russian masters. "My teacher Sergei Bongart taught, his teacher Peter Kotov was taught by Nicolai Fechin and Fechin was a pupil of the fountainhead of all modern Russian painting Ilya Repin." Sahli keeps this tradition alive in giving back to the student as this is a critical aspect of the artistic learning processes.
"I am a better painter because I teach and I learn from my students. The Russian tradition of painting continues. Bongart's heavy steps are still heard in my classes and studios".
Presently, Don's work is represented by galleries across the country and in private collections nationally and internationally. Now at 52, Don has been a professional painter earning a living as an artist for over 35 years, he has a firm pedigree and is prolific, producing large studio pieces, numerous plein air works — including public and corporate commissions.
Known for his use of paint; his brush stroke is exciting and carries a positive emotion to the viewer. His work is diverse carrying many labels, plein air, impressionist, colorist, realist, luminous, modern, and contemporary.
Dave Santillanes
As my painting style continues to evolve my goal with each piece is not a literal rendering of the scene. Instead it is to capture and convey its essence.

In terms of composition, I look for simplicity. I've found that there are many opportunities to simplify a scene without compromising its sense of 'place'. Therefore I'll seek out the big abstract shapes in the landscape and use them for the underlying design concept. And because I've departed from a literal interpretation, I'm free to rearrange elements to fit this concept. In this way I am able to describe the scene in my own "words".

Finally, capturing the essence of a landscape involves a realistic rendering of color, light and atmosphere. This requires direct observation and is why most of my paintings begin in the field with a plein air study. But studying the physical aspects of nature isn't the only reason I paint outdoors; for me, the sensory experience of being there is equally important. There's no better way to get to know a place on earth than to sit for a couple of hours and contemplate it while painting. This intense observation brings a spiritual intimacy with the scene that can't be achieved in mere passing and allows me to "speak" with complete sincerity in each painting.
Michelle Silverstein
Michelle Silverstein is an artist of all trades residing in Denver, CO. She recently graduated with a bachelors in Art Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Although she appreciates all forms of art her passion surrounds ceramics and their functional forms. She is intrigued with process based art and the connection it provides that is lost through the hectic nature of everyday life. "The process of art helps me to slow down and appreciate the origins of things that most people take for granted, it provides a connection to life that otherwise I think would be lost."
Ann Simpson
Ann Simpson is a life-long art teacher. She is currently the art teacher at Evergreen Middle School.
Jay Sullivan
Artist, J. B. Sullivan's critters and creatures cause young and old alike to peer closely at his work. Hundreds of pencil strokes go into each piece, resulting in a realistic, representational style of immense detail. A raconteur, Sullivan's art conveys an unforgettable story.

A rare Colorado native, Sullivan's art reflects his western heritage and love of the outdoors. Wildlife and animals of all kinds are his favorite subjects. Each animal must be anatomically correct and true to its species. Snouts, hooves, and fur are carefully studied by Sullivan. He possesses a well developed eye for the unique composition, proper lighting, and special moments in time.

Graphite, Sullivan's specialty, starts with a rough sketch. A detailed drawing emerges from literally hundreds of hours of close pencil work. Tonal variances are created by skillful use of the correct lead and contrasting white space.
Meghan Vickers
Meghan Vickers learned the art of pysanky as a teenager, but it wasn't until she became an adult that she began creating the decorated eggs in earnest, carrying on the tradition of her grandmother. She loves to teach the art whenever possible, including at Hiwan Museum, where she can be found at her day job
Tom Ware
Tom Ware is a longtime resident of Evergreen, Colorado where he has his studio on the shores of Evergreen Lake with ongoing life drawing and sculpture classes. His shows include the Own Your Own Show and the Denver Metropolitan in the Denver Art Museum, 15 years in Sculpture in the Park in Loveland, and a one-man show in the new Lake wood Cultural Center. He is a four-time prize winner in the North American Sculpture Exhibition.
Melanie Warsinske-Nuchols
Melanie Warsinske Nuchols received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University in 1976, with an emphasis in experimental painting and a minor in ceramics. She began her experimentation with texture by forming slabs of clay into sculptural pieces and using mixed media such as metal and wood in her paintings, a method which she continues to use today. Growing up with a love of the outdoors, Melanie's appreciation of nature began early with regular visits to her family-owned cabin in Montana. Along with traveling extensively for most of her life, Melanie appreciates the diversity of cultures and magnificent landscapes, both of which have influenced her art on many levels. Presently, Melanie finds herself focused as a fine artist working predominantly with oils and mixed media in the style of Contemporary Abstract. Most recently she was selected to exhibit in the International "Peace" Exhibition at the Nagasaki Art Museum in Nagasaki, Japan.
Ed Zorensky
Most of Ed's work has been painted in the Rocky Mountains and southern Maine. It depicts the far reaches of working farms and ranches, places where human labor communes with the land and its creatures. Over the years Ed has painted with a variety of realist masters, including T. Allen Lawson, Scott Christensen and Mark Daly. His paintings have been featured in various galleries throughout the country including Greenhouse Gallery (San Antonio, Tx), Salmagundi Club (NYC), and Maynard Dixon Country (Mt. Carmel, UT).
Says Ed, "The allure of a good painting awakens the spirit to a deeper contemplation of the natural world. It renders profound truths and returns us to that "great good place" we go for succor and strength. It never fails to remind me why we're here... and why I paint"
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