MEET THE ARTISTS

Our artists/instructors and art assistants are special contributors to our program for children and adults. Every Studio team member has a gift, whether drawing, painting, or design and all are talented art educators. Each has a passion for the arts, but-more importantly-for making an everlasting difference in the lives of individuals through creativity and self-expression. Our team invests its time and talent to help others feel joy from connecting to their creative side!

Carrie Curran

Favorite Artist:

My favorite artists are Mark Rothco for his brilliant color studies, Monet for his huge impasto garden paintings, Van Gogh for his passion and the intensity, Richard Schmidt for teaching my generation how to connect spiritually to representational work through elegant brushwork and strong commitment to art principles.

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

I absolutely love my oil paints! I would eat them if I could, but I can’t, they’re toxic. Okay, watercolors are lovely and light and fun and acrylics are perfect for quick paintings. As long as I have a brush in my hand, I am happy!

Maggie Curran-Wilson

Favorite Artist:

Definitely Vincent Van Gogh and Alphonse Mucha. The colors and motion in Van Gogh’s pieces are captivating; he is absolutely one of the most brilliant painters that ever lived! As for Mr. Mucha, I discovered him when I was backpacking through the Czech Republic. I viewed his paintings and prints in a local museum as well as his stain glass pieces in the St. Vitus Cathedral. His graphic yet whimsical Art Nouveau style is just about the coolest thing you will ever experience!

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

My favorite mediums are acrylic and watercolor. Watercolor has proven to be a challenging medium but I love, love, LOVE the end results! I truly enjoy painting people and animals – it’s way too much fun to see your paintings come alive, especially of subjects that you know!

Hayley

Favorite Artist:

There are too many! I love Helen Frankenthaler’s color field pieces, Edward Hopper’s realist paintings of rural and urban American scenes, Salvador Dali for his imagination, and Frida Kahlo for the pain and passion behind her self portraits. I’m currently reading a translated version of Frida’s illustrated journal, and it’s truly remarkable. 

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

My first love is acrylic paint, but I have been working mostly with watercolor and colored pencil for the past several years, and I really enjoy those as well. 

Matty

Favorite Artist:

My favorite artist is New Zealand artist Phoebe Gander. She is an inspiring small business owner that has explored many different styles and techniques out of experimentation. She has broken down the walls of what a traditional artist looks like and has tackled what it is to be an artist in a modern world. She is raw and open-hearted and her work is so inspiring and incredible. I draw so much encouragement and inspiration from her.

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

My favorite medium is Acrylic paint because it is so versatile and allows for mixed media, texture, water, and so much to be added to it. My favorite subject matter is landscape. How light and colors play against the earth and water gives me so much joy. I love to play with painting techniques to abstractly express the landscape.

Madison

Favorite Artist:

Georgia O’Keeffe is my favorite artist because of how she combines
color, value, and soft texture. The contrasts and compliments within her color palettes are definitely inspirations for my own usage of color.

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

My favorite medium is an interesting one but it’s Acrylic/Textile Medium painting on denim. I’m extremely familiar with this because this is what most of my commissions have ended up being. I love colors so much and I get so much joy when I get to mix them and blend them on such a unique base. My second favorite would have to be Watercolor because of how the colors can blend together so seamlessly and how I have to go with the flow because sometimes the paint and water have a mind of their own.

Nicole

Favorite Artist:

Dali because of his unique style.

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

Acrylic because it’s easy to work with.

Bekah 

Favorite Artist:

Bernini and Dali are two of my favorite artists. Bernini’s technical skills are crazy good producing very detailed artworks. Dali is a master of surrealistic imagery mixed with realistic rendering. 

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

Watercolors are my favorite medium because of the detail achievable, array of techniques, and portability. I take my watercolor journal and travel palette everywhere including my hammock! My favorite subject is often changing, but I really enjoy portraiture. I like how emotive faces are, and the challenge of creating new ways to capture people. 

Jodie

Favorite Artist:

My favorite artist is Claude Monet. I love Monet’s pastel colors and the way he makes the light sparkle in his paintings. I even felt a stronger connection to him after my husband and I visited his home and garden at Giverny. It felt so magical to walk where he walked and to see the beautiful flowers and trees that inspired so many of his works.

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

Even though I began painting with oils in 8th grade, I fell in love with watercolors in high school! I love the way you can layer the paint from washes of color in the background to the most fine detail your brush can handle. Watercolors are also a very family friendly medium as well.  To a mom like me, the ability to stop and start again to take care care of her kids, makes watercolors perfect!

Annie

Favorite Artist:

Monet and David Hockney are two of my favorite artists. Monet has been a favorite since I was a child. I was fascinated with his life, paintings, and his garden. David Hockney is a very inspiring artist to me. I love the way he uses colors and shapes to form the lights and shadows in his paintings.

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

My favorite medium currently is watercolor and prisma colored pencils! I have started to really enjoy the slow layering process with those mediums. I also am a fan of acrylic paint and oil paints as well!

Jessie

Favorite Artist:

I could never pick just one artist, there are so many I enjoy and love. My all time favorite artists are Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo for their ability to create such strong, bold, and beautiful works of art. In college, I was introduced to Caravaggio, a painter who could provoke such emotion with the use of dramatic lighting and contrast. I’ll never forget the moment I saw his paintings for the first time. It took my breath away.

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

Acrylics have always been my favorite medium since I was a kid. The ability to manipulate, blend and its forgiveness is what I love the most. Now as an adult I still paint with acrylics but I also love to push myself with new and different mediums. The subject I love to paint the most is desert landscapes, especially cacti. With being born and raised in Arizona, I just can’t help myself!