New Mexico Art League


 
 
 
 

 

Faculty

Charlie Aldrich

I was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. As long as I can remember I have drawn pictures. I learned a lot about drawing from Joan McConnell. I have a degree in printmaking, which was an excuse to continue drawing during college. My degree also allowed me to move directly into custodial sciences. As a janitor I went to school at night and earned my teaching certification. I taught first and second grade for 25 years. Upon retirement, I was hired to paint murals for North Country Health Care, Apache County Library in Springerville and a 125’ long, 12’ high mural for the Apache-Sitgreaves Forest Supervisors Office. I also carved the Stations of the Cross for St. Peters Catholic Church, Springerville. For nine years I sold paintings at the Monk’s Corner in Santa Fe. I am currently showing my work in The Palette Contemporary in Albuquerque. My current work reflects an interest in integrating a love of realism with an equally deep love of abstract texture. I try to capture the passing and fragile beauty that emerges from surrounding chaotic entropy. I have drawn inspiration from decaying billboards. I find them visually exciting and, in the random juxtapositions they reveal,  philosophically challenging.


Donna L. Aldrich

By working geometric patterns into my compositions, I am able to portray an Asian appeal while representing man’s impact on nature, whether positive or negative, no landscape remains untouched by humans. I use intricate patterns, pastel printing and mixed media collage in contrast with realism to evoke a sense of visual poetry. Occasionally, a Japanese influence can be seen in my pastels due to living on Islands in the Pacific as a child. In 2008, I began showing my pastels in national and international shows. I have had the honor of becoming a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico and achieving Master Circle status in the International Association of Pastel Societies. The Farmington Museum purchased one of my paintings in 2014. Most recently, my paintings have been juried into the 2015 and 2016 Miniatures and More Show at the Albuquerque Museum. My work has sold around the US, Europe, and Korea and currently is represented by Weem’s Galleries in Albuquerque.

 
Lea Anderson

Lea, a San Diego native, has discovered much during her adventures in the dramatic, colorful and wild desert environment. She creates living philosophical worlds that echo the formal variations seen in natural systems. These themes are explored through individual works, full-scale, ambitious mixed media installations, group projects, and solo exhibitions using a wide variety of both digital and traditional media. She has exhibited throughout the US as well as inter-nationally in Bangkok, Thailand. She holds an MFA from the University of New Mexico. Anderson is currently a full time Professor of Studio Art at Central New Mexico Community College. A recipient of numerous awards, for her artwork, she was also awarded "Albuquerque Local Treasure" in 2010. In 2013, Anderson was guest curator for the exhibition Flatlanders and Surface Dwellers at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque.

Melinda Beavers

Artist and illustrator Melinda Beavers has a particular passion for whimsical children’s illustrations, animals, and fantastical beasts. A true master of her medium, colored pencil, her illustrations have been featured in print publications, product design, and packaging, as well as displayed in several international juried exhibitions. Melinda’s background as a graphic designer has influenced her illustrations. She is the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators' Illustrator Coordinator for the New Mexico region, as well as a signature member of the Color Pencil Society of America. She has created work for countless clients that include Arcturus Publishing, AccuWeather, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Capstone Publishing, Cottonwood Printers, EK Success, Hedgebury Children's Books, Masterworks of New Mexico, Nature Tales Books, Opera Southwest, Ouchies Adhesive Bandages, Snap! Learning, Tangerine Cafe Design Group, Time Out New York, Triumph Leaning, Zombie Zoo, among others. 

Marian Berg

Marian is a professional artist and educator licensed to teach art in New Mexico for grades K through 12. Her educational background includes a M.A. in art education. She is also a registered nurse, with several years experience in pediatrics. Marian has been creating art since childhood, and has worked in a variety of mediums including painting, pastels, glass and ceramics. She has extensive teaching experience, including arts instruction to children as well as adults. In 2010 she traveled to Haiti where she volunteered with a medical relief team after that country's devastating earthquake. In addition to her work with the medical team, she also held impromptu art classes with Haitian children. Marian firmly believes that arts play an essential role in the social, emotional and mental development of children, specifically, that the act of making art is a healing and life affirming process.



Tom Blazier

Tom is a New Mexico-based oil painter who is inspired by the dramatic light of the Southwest landscape, and skies figure prominently in his paintings. His studio and plein air works have garnered many awards, and recent exhibits include Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art and Miniatures & More at the Albuquerque Museum of Art. Tom conducts workshops and classes at the New Mexico Art League in Albuquerque and other locations in the Southwest.  His oil paintings are represented by InArt Santa Fe Gallery in Santa Fe. He received a BFA in studio painting at Northern Arizona University, and he has studied with Matt Smith, Irving Shapiro, Ted Goerschner, Ned Jacob, Peter Nisbet and Cody DeLong. In addition, he earned a MS in journalism at the University of Oregon. Tom is vice-president of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. Memberships include Oil Painters of America and Rio Grande Art Association. To learn more visit www.tomblazier.com and www.tomblazier.blogspot.com.


Denali Brooke

Denali Brooke received her BFA at the University of Arizona in 1987. She returned to school for a Masters in Social Work at Arizona State University. Returning to art in 2006, she took up painting in pastel full time in 2009. Denali’s love of people is expressed in the visual narrative present in her figurative painting. Her strength lies in painting from direct observation. She is an award-winning artist, recently exhibiting in the 2015 International Association of Pastel Societies Show and teaching plein air painting in Spain, 2014. Her pastel paintings can be viewed at denalibrooke.com.

Bill Canright

Bill Canright has been painting in pastels since 1998. Starting in 2003, Bill and his late wife–artist/writer, Maggie Price–have taught over 100 pastel workshops throughout the US, and internationally in Italy, Spain, Scotland and Australia. His work has been accepted and received special recognition in over 20 national pastel exhibitions. He paints landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes, and is always open to challenges such as antique vehicles and domestic animals. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and the Pastel Society of New Mexico and a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Canright began his art career as a self-taught oil painter at age fourteen. He continued working in oils, pen and ink and pastels into his early twenties. By the time he was in a position to consider art school the focus was on non-representational art, which did not interest him. He then turned to a career in product illustration, and then to art direction, creative design and copy writing in advertising. www.billcanrightart.com


Carol Carpenter

Carol is a professional artist with over 25 years of experience. She comes from a family of artists. Her interest in painting emerged at an early age when her mother took her along to painting classes. Carol attended Foothill College in Los Altos, California and graduated from the University of New Mexico where she studied art and art history. Carol's latest watercolor awards include first place in the large painting division and 1st place in the miniature division of MasterWorks of New Mexico. www.carolcarpenterwatercolors.com


Maria Cole

Maria is a graduate of Rutgers University and also completed studies at the Art Students League of New York City. During her student years she was fortunate to enjoy the guidance of master pastelist Albert Handell, and renowned drawing and anatomy instructor Micael Burban. Since moving to New Mexico in 1999, she has concentrated on drawing and painting the beauty of the local landscape as well as its people. www.maria-cole.com.

Ming Franz

Ming specializes in Chinese brush painting, western watercolor and splashed ink painting, which combines watercolor techniques and Chinese brush. ‘Viewing Ming’s splash color painting is the visual equivalent of finding oneself in the middle of an ancient Chinese poem or fairy tale with a modern twist. Ming’s artwork serves as an ethereal bridge between East and West, past and present,tradition and freedom.’ Ming received her basic art training in Taiwan and has continued her art in the U.S. She teaches workshops regularly at the New Mexico Art League. She also teaches annually at Artist's Expo in Houston, TX, Silicon Valley Asian Art Center, CA and many other art organizations in the United States.Ming is the author of Splash Ink with Watercolor and has had her work published in North Light Magazine, Artist's Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, Kennedy Publishing Magazine, Albuquerque Journal, Asian World Journal and many other publications. She is a Signature Member of the NM Watercolor Society, the Rio Grande Art Association, Sumi-e Society of America, Chinese American Art Development Foundation and the         American Society Association of Chinese Art. www.mingfranzstudio.com

Frank Fuchs

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Frank Fuchs spent his childhood playing in orchards and camping with his family in the Cascade Mountains and on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. After touring Europe and North Africa, he married a New Mexican and moved to Albuquerque to study architecture and art at the University of New Mexico. He received a Masters Degree in Architecture with distinction. A registered architect, Frank has worked throughout the United States and in China. Frank is an artist who is equally at home painting with watercolors and oils. His landscapes, still-lifes and portraits reflect his love of the places and peoples where he has lived and traveled. His paintings are in private collections throughout the western US. He has shown and received awards in many juried exhibitions including the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, New Mexico Watercolor Society, Masterworks of New Mexico, New Mexico State Fair, and The Los Alamos Art Center.


Kathi Geoffrion Parker

Kathi is a native New Mexican raised in Los Alamos. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Art Education at Eastern New Mexico University then worked at Valliant Printing Company in Albuquerque as the art director for two years before starting her career at LANL as an illustrator, graphic designer, and web designer. Kathi retired from LANL almost seven years ago. She has been in several local galleries, the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, local art fairs, the Hispanic Art fair, the New Mexico Arts and Crafts fair, and is a signature member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society. In 2016, she had a painting accepted into the Western Watercolor Society Annual show in Colorado and will also be featured in a national watercolor publication Splash 18, to be released in fall of 2017. Kathi has returned to an old medium in the last several years, scratchboard, renewing her interest in black and white art. Her scratchboard art has been juried into several New Mexico Art League shows and the 2015 New Mexico State Fair Fine Arts show. Some of her newer pieces have featured some addition of colored inks to the medium.


Nancy Goetz

Nancy received her MFA in painting and drawing at the University of New Mexico in 1990. She has taught painting and drawing at all levels from young beginners to advanced graduate students in university and college programs, community centers and privately. She was the director of the Painting Department at Colby College in Maine and was on the Board of Trustees for the Colby Art Museum. She both attended and was Dean of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her paintings portray intimate, internal environments of abstract forms that reference the natural world. 

Nicole Gunn Flores


Ever since she was a young girl growing up in a creative family-her father is an artist, sister a ballerina, brother a musician-Nicole has been a visual artist.  She earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing at Brigham Young University and did a Humanities Minor. Two of Nicole’s favorite jobs have been working as a Curator in BYU’s Gallery 303, and most recently, teaching private Art Lessons for children/teens in Indiana.  She was an Assistant Director at a second art gallery in Utah, and has since been a Photographer and Illustrator in Illinois, and an Art Educator in Illinois, New Mexico and Indiana at multiple schools, community centers, and art centers. She had previously really enjoyed and was licensed to teach children’s art in three different Albuquerque schools (two elementary schools and one charter middle school), and has now moved back, where her printmaking professor husband of 15 years is the new Education Director at Tamarind Institute. Nicole’s forte is in painting, she dabbles in metalsmithing,       and absolutely loves art museum visits, great architecture, traveling, antiquing,       art history, classical music, and literature.



J. Waid Griffin

Waid has painted the mountains and deserts of the southwest for over twenty tears. He is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and a member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, NM Pleln Air Painters and the Rio Grande Art Association. He holds a BFA in painting and has studied with Michael Lynch, Mark Daily and Kevin MacPherson. He also holds a Master of Music in Theory and Composition. In addition to his painting and teaching adult classes and workshops, Waid teaches music and art to middle and high school students in the Albuquerque area. Waid has won numerous awards for his paintings, including the "Outstanding Achievement Award," 2008 MasterWorks of New Mexico Exhibition. His work is represented in New Mexico by Desert Intasia Gallery, Old Town; Benson Gallery, San Patricio and Framing Concepts, Albuquerque. His paintings are in numerous public and private collections. www.griffin-art.com


Arden Hendrie

A recent transplant to New Mexico from the coast of Maine, Arden works both in abstraction and representation, sometimes mixing the two. He received his MFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa and has over 10 years of teaching experience. His work, based in intuitive response, has been exhibited throughout the U.S. His residencies include the Vermont Studio Center and the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and he has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission and the University of Iowa.   www.ardenhendrie.com.



Joan Iry

Joan has taught children at the New Mexico Art League for over 15 years. She began her training at the Siegfried Hahn-Howard Wexler School of Drawing and Painting, studying the techniques of 18th century watercolorists and the oil painting techniques of the old masters, especially those of noted expert Jacques Maroger. Hahn and Wexler used the principles of 19th century French artist, Lecoq De Boisbaudran, who taught many well-known artists, including James McNeil Whistler. Joan now applies the same techniques and principles to her own work and to a whole new generation of young artists.


Vasili Katakis


Vasili was born in 1952 in Chicago, Illinois and has drawn and painted his entire life. “As a first generation Greek American, my appreciation for classical form and design has distinguished my work in the art community. Representational art, with a romantic twist, is how I can best describe my approach. I draw my inspiration from nature and I paint what I feel. My goal is to reveal the interior mysteries of the world, thereby engaging viewers. "Pastel is his medium of choice, with techniques derived from a lifetime of working in various disciplines. His aesthetic may best be described as Classical, informed by all that the art world has developed since. Focusing on a single botanical, Vasili is able to capture nuances unseen by the human eye - but perceived by the human spirit. His plein air paintings of southwest structures and old ruins, depict the effects of man's interaction with nature. His formal exposure to art came in 1964 when invited as an honoree by the Chicago Youth Organization at Ox Bow & the School of the Art Institute of Chicago...that single experience changed his life forever. Vasili also studied at the American Academy of Art under Irving Shapiro and Bill Parks. He has taught illustration art at Chicago’s Columbia College. He currently teaches art classes and workshops at the New Mexico       Art League and critiques at UNM’s School of Architecture. Vasili is       Signature member in both, the Pastel Society of New Mexico and the       Pastel Society of America. He continues to lecture and conduct         public demonstrations where he advances the art of pastel painting. 


Bree Lamb

Bree received her MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico in 2015. She is a Beaumont Newhall/Van Deren Coke Fellow, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She is currently Editorial Assistant at Fraction Magazine, and a Contributing Editor to The Handmade Photograph. Lamb is an Adjunct Professor in Creative Media Technology at Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has previously worked for Wildenstein & Company, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and photo technique magazine.

Julia Lambright

Julia Lambright was born and raised in Russia. She received an MFA with Distinction in painting from the University of New Mexico where she currently is an adjunct professor in studio art. Working primarily in oil in the past, her focus over the last decade has been rooted in traditional egg-tempera painting, a knowledge which she acquired from masters in Russia and the US. While searching for a personal spiritual experience, Lambright began exploring iconographic canons, formulas, and techniques of 17th century icon painting. Being influenced by the icon’s visual aesthetics and its technical construction, Julia integrates and transforms its principles into a contemporary form of art making. 



Betty Lehnus

Betty Lehnus studied painting and drawing at the American Academy of 
Art in Chicago. She is a member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico, the New Mexico Art League, the Portrait Society of America and the Cloud Appreciation Society in the UK.



Stephanie Lerma

Lerma is a New Mexico native and has been making paper for the past twenty years. Her art works involve the process of accumulation which often contain thousands of pieces of paper in each finished piece. For her paper works, she individually watercolors, or paints with was, or casts the papers into forms before the piece is assembled. The art always involves the transformational quality that occurs as that single unit of paper accumulates and morphs into a unified mass of color and movement.

Shana Levenson

Shana Levenson (1981, Houston Texas) is a nationally known contemporary figurative painter, best known for her non traditional portrayals of the quirkiness of parenthood. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design at The University of Texas at Austin, and is currently pursuing of a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She has also taken numerous workshops around the countries with artists Costa Vavadiakis, David Kassan, and Warren Chang. Due to her unique vision and arrangement’s, Levenson is a much sought after commission portrait artist. Shana’s current series of work, Portraits of Parenthood, is focused on non-traditional portraits of the sometimes-secret duality of parenting in modern times. Her greatest passion is finding the elements that are most meaningful to an individual or family and incorporating these concepts in her work. Levenson's work can be       seen in many group shows around the country.



MJ Manford

Born and raised in South Texas, MJ graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Communications and English. After a career in and around state government in Austin, studying art and painting in every spare moment, she and her husband Gary Pat moved to New Mexico and she was able to devote full time to art. Her work has been featured in the book The Best of Pastel, and her portraits are in public collections in the state Capitol in Austin as well as other collections.  She studied with a number of artists, including Daniel Greene, Nelson Shanks, Bettina Steinke, Leo Neufeld and Jeffrey Watts. For more information on MJ, visit her website at www.mjmanford.com.



John Meister

John received a BA in art from the University of Texas (Austin) with a concentration in the areas of Commercial Design and Illustration. John began a career in painting after a 23-year career in the commercial art world. He works in several mediums to paint a variety of genres and has an affinity for painting miniatures, referring to them as “art concentrate”. John has won several awards for his paintings and is currently represented in galleries in New Mexico. His miniatures are represented at the Watermelon Gallery in Cedar Crest, NM. 


Paul Murray

If you've seen my work, you will know that light, more importantly, the color and quality of light is an important part of the paintings I do. To help understand this fascination, let me explain about light. Light is the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Albert Einstein said, "The mysterious is the most wonderful thing we can experience. It is the basis for all art and science." The technology which science has created has made us prosperous and comfortable - and we hold it in high regard. But, we should not elevate science at the expense of art; there is a great part of our life which can't be put into any formula. My goal as an artist is to explore these enigmatic ideas and illuminate those things which make life rich and valuable. Paul's awards and honors include: International Assoc. of Pastel Societies, Master Circle, 1011 juror, Judge, Santa Fe Contemorary Spanish Market, 2011; Artist in Residence, Grand Canyon NP, Summer 2010; Door County Plein Aire Invitational, 2010;         Distinguished Pastellist, Pastel Society of NM and many many more. 

Brian O'Connor

Brian O’Connor lives and works in Las Nutrias, New Mexico. Since graduating with his degree in painting from UNM his paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. A recipient of the Western States National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Brian has had numerous one-person shows in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami as well as in Santa Fe where his work can been seen at the Lewallen Gallery. He is regularly invited as visting guest artist at art schools and universities throughout the United States. 


Jeff Otis


Jeff Otis is an oil painter, living in Albuquerque, who is known primarily for his landscapes. Half his pre-adult life was spent in Europe where his interest in art was facilitated by the proximity of the world's greatest art museums. Landscape, expecially the dramatic vistas of the desrt Southwest, are his central focus. His style is representational and often accompanied by contrasts of light and shade as well as dynamic color harmonies. He attributes much of his development as a painter to great artists of the past such as Monet, Sargent, Millet and Sorolla. Contemporary artists having equally important influence include Wilson Hurley, Michael Lynch, Russell Chatham, Clyde Aspevig, Richard Schmid, Laura Robb and more. His work can be seen at Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe, Concetta D. Fine Arts in Albuquerque and Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara. He is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of  America and has won awards for his work in their exhibitions. His paintings are found in  individual and corporate collections in the US as well as Japan and Europe.


Michael Ottersen

Michael Ottersen was born in Massapequa, Long Island in 1956 and spent most of his youth in Norwalk, Connecticut. He attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and spent three semesters studying in Rome in Tyler's overseas program. He later moved to New York City where he lived and worked for twelve years in magazine production and design, for publications such as Artforum, Art News, and Metropolis, while maintaining a studio and art career and beginning an exhibition history. In 1992 Michael moved to New Mexico where he worked in book design and illustration while still pursuing a fine art career. Later relocating to Seattle, Washington, Michael began teaching at various schools and colleges in the Pacific Northwest for the next nineteen years which included the Gage Academy of Art, Pratt Fine Art Center, the Northwest College of Art and Design and Kirkland Art Center. Recently returning to New Mexico, he continues to teach classes at The New Mexico Art League. His work is represented in Seattle at Season Gallery.

Cynthia Rowland

Cynthia graduated with a degree in fine arts, Texas Tech University. She spent a dozen years in New York, where she founded her own graphic design company. In 1993, Cynthia returned to New Mexico to pursue sculpture in the medium of cast bronze. This developed into major public and privately commissioned projects with her partner and husband Mark. By 2005, they had completed over 40 projects, including several large-scale works, such as the award-winning Senator Chavez Memorial at Civic Plaza and Lion's Share at the Albuquerque International Airport.
For several years Cynthia's focus has been oil painting---enjoying the tutelage of Wilson Hurley and David Leffel. Influenced by these contemporary and other historical masters,she has developed her own style and metaphor, and has been invited to several competitions and exhibitions, including several gallery venues in Santa Fe, the Albuquerque Museum Miniatures Show and was Featured Artist for the New Mexico Symphony Benefit.  www.cynthiarowlandstudio.blogspot.com and www.rowlandart-science.com.

Sarah Siltala

Sarah Siltala paints utilizing a classical indirect layering technique in which transparent colors are thinly built upon each other like layers of stained glass.  Influenced by Flemish and Venetian methods, this process produces a myriad of rich gemlike tones and a depth unattainable compared to the more common technique of direct, or alla prima, style painting.  To paint in this manner requires the utmost patience, as each layer must dry completely before the next can be applied.  As her paint layers build over time the play of light and shadow evolve, and the distinct personality of her subject matter begins to emerge.  The result is an artwork with vibrant, luminous color, subtle texture, and a meditative quality.  Sarah's paintings have an old-world elegance, yet the colors and compositions are       quite contemporary.  Her award winning paintings have been       included in museum shows, featured in national art publications       such as American Artist, American Art Collector, and Southwest      Art Magazine.  Her paintings were featured in AMC’s hit      show Breaking Bad, and most recently in The Book of the Bird,     Birds in Art  by Angus Hyland and Kendra Wilson. 


Mary Sundstrom 

A Minnesota native, Mary Sundstrom attended college at the University of New Mexico where she graduated with a Fine Arts degree in printmaking. Her experience encompasses art instructor, printer/collaborator, printmaker, with 40+ years exhibiting her work around the country, book illustrator with 17 children's book titles and an Audubon field guide series as well as numerous exhibit illustrations for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Mary had been a 10 year member and instructor at New Grounds Printshop in Albuquerque which she and three partners recently purchased and are the proud new owners of Remarque Print Workshop LLC.


Mary Sweet

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mary Sweet moved west to California where she studied art and received her AB and MA in Art at Stanford University. In California, her paintings were exhibited in juried shows in the Crocker Museum, Sacramento, Oakland Art Museum, and the Richmond Art Center Painting Annual Exhibition. She moved to New Mexico where she explored the art of woodblock printing and her work was exhibited at the Albuquerque Museum and juried exhibitions in San Francisco, St. Louis, Santa Fe, Tucson and Ft. Worth and others. "The landscape has always been my primary inspiration. As a child, I always loved hiking and camping. . . the land provides us with everything from sustenance to solace and yet we as a modern urban society have nearly lost our connections to it and nature. My paintings are a way of saying this what I say and its important and I want you to see it too." www.mfsweet.com.


Neecy Twinem

Neecy Twinem is a fine artist, toy designer, academic professor and author/illustrator of over 31 children’s books published in several languages. Twinem has been working as a professional illustrator, author and artist and instructor for over 24 years, as well as have given presentations at numerous school, libraries, conventions and conferences across the country. Her children’s book, E is for Enchantment, A New Mexico Alphabet, was selected two years in a row for the New Mexico Governor’s Book Program giving 1st graders across the state a copy of the book. Totaling over 68,000 copies. Twinem’s fine art is found in numerous private and public collections around the country. She is Contributing Faculty at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, NM., as part of the Communication Arts department. In 2010, she developed a brand trademark titled, ZOMBIEZOO┬« including the design, manufacturing and release of a plush toy line and books, which has      attracted international attention. Currently Twinem has partnered with      Silo Media, Inc., to produce an animation series based on the      ZOMBIEZOO┬« characters and content

Alice Webb
 

I arrived in Taos, New Mexico in 1973 at age twenty, after having grown up near the museum district in Fort Worth, Texas. Drawing, painting and the study of art formed the backbone of my early years. While still in junior high school, I began to show and sell paintings, prints and drawings at craft fairs. In high school I won a scholarship to study oil painting at the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum. After a short stint at the University of Texas where I studied drawing and design I moved to Taos. During the seventies I designed jewelry, studied tapestry weaving, created fiber sculptures, and continued to hone my drawing skills. By the late seventies I knew I had to return to painting. Although I now have a Bachelors of Fine Art and a Masters of Art Education from the University of New Mexico, it was by studying the Taos founders and painting in the very spots they frequented that I truly learned to paint. Over the past thirty-five years I have exhibited work nationally. My paintings and prints are included in numerous public and private collections. I still live in Albuquerque, New Mexico where I teach part time at the University of New Mexico and continue to explore the    infinite number of ways to color canvas with excitement. 


2017 Visiting Faculty

Kerry Dunn

Born in 1976, Kerry Dunn began drawing at the early age of five when sitting on his fathers' lap he watched his Dad doodle a sketch. In 1999 he graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design with a major in illustration. Dunn later moved to New York City to attend the famed Art Students League of NY in search of a teacher. During his time there he met Nelson Shanks, an internationally renowned portrait painter. Later that year he was invited by Mr. Shanks to move to Philadelphia to be a part of the new painting school that Shanks was opening. Studio Incamminati, a school of traditional drawing and painting methods. Mr. Dunn now lives and works in Philadelphia and teaches at Studio Incamminati as part of the core faculty and travels the county teaching his own workshops. Many of Mr. Dunn's current works are available at Haynes Gallery.

Sterling Edwards

Sterling began teaching his style of painting in 1993. His workshops are attended by hundreds of people annually in the U.S. and Canada. In 2001 he was featured artist in Watercolor Magic Magazine. In 2007 he was awarded signature member status in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor and designed a signature set of brushes and a watecolor palette that are marketed internationally. In 2010 he was awarded signature membership status in the esteemed Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He is the author of the North Light book, "Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes: A Four Step Process," and is a contributing artist in numerous other publications. His paintings are in private collections throughout the    world. 

Dawn Emerson

Dawn is an accomplished pastelist, mixed media painter, juror, and teacher. Passionate about drawing and mark making, she is always in pursuit of innovative ways to express and teach interpretations of mood and energy. Her classes are focused on exploration rather than specific technique, and her presentation of material makes learning fun, engaging, and powerful. Dawn comes from a background of graphic design, and has been teaching for 25 years. She is a signature member in good standing of the Pastel Society of America and the West Coast Pastel Society. She is also a member and part time instructor for Central Oregon Community College and the Atelier 6000 Printmaking studio in Bend, Oregon. Her studio is located in Terrebonne, Oregon.

J. Chris Morel

Living in New Mexico since 1994,  J. Chris Morel paints in the mountains outside of Taos. Inspired by the legacy of great painters of the area, past and present, Morel has found endless subject matter close to home. Most recently, in June of 2016, Morel’s work has been featured in a two man show with sculptor Dan Ostermiller at the Nedra Matteucci Gallery in Santa Fe. Also in 2016, Morel’s paintings have been exclusively featured in New Mexico Magazine’s Annual Artist Calendar published for the NM Department of Tourism. Recently, Chris Morel’s work has also been featured in the June issues of: Southwest Art Magazine, Western Art and Architecture, Western Art Collector and Art and Antiques Magazine, as well as Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. In 2014, Chris enjoyed a one-man show at the Nedra Matteucci Gallery in Santa Fe where he continues to be represented. He also received the first annual Founders Award of the Maynard Dixon Country invitational Mt. Carmel, Utah as well as the Best of Show, Golden Thunderbird Award for the same show in 2007. Other awards include the Blue Ribbon in Oil Painting at the annual George Phippen Museum Western Art Exhibit in Prescott, AZ, the Taos featured artist and award winner at Art for the Parks, the 2001 Region II Award Winner in Jackson, WY and Plein Air Tucson in 1998. Morel’s work has been featured in several one-man gallery exhibits. He participates in exhibitions at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK, Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM, Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM, Maynard Dixon Country Invitational in Mt. Carmel, UT and the Gilcrease Museum’s American Art in Miniature in Tulsa, OK.


2016 Visiting Faculty

Doug Dawson

Doug Dawson was born in Oak Park, Ill. He attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He has taught art for Colorado Institute of Art, Colorado Christian University, and The Art Students League of Denver. Doug Dawson has exhibited with and/or received numerous awards from a number of different art organizations, including but not limited to: The Pastel Society of America, American Watercolor Society, Knickerbocker Artists, The National Academy of Western Art, Southeastern Pastel Society, Pastel Society of West Coast, Audubon Artists, Kansas Pastel Society, Allied Artists, the Pastel Society of the Southwest, the Pastel Society of New Mexico, the Pastel Society of Oregon, the Pastel Society of Colorado, and the International Association of Pastel Societies. To honor his achievements, he was given the title of Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America (NY, NY) in 1985 and awarded the title of Master Circle by the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2005 (California). 

Kerry Dunn

Born in 1976, Kerry Dunn began drawing at the early age of five when sitting on his fathers' lap he watched his Dad doodle a sketch. In 1999 he graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design with a major in illustration. Dunn later moved to New York City to attend the famed Art Students League of NY in search of a teacher. During his time there he met Nelson Shanks, an internationally renowned portrait painter. Later that year he was invited by Mr. Shanks to move to Philadelphia to be a part of the new painting school that Shanks was opening. Studio Incamminati, a school of traditional drawing and painting methods. Mr. Dunn now lives and works in Philadelphia and teaches at Studio Incamminati as part of the core faculty and travels the county teaching his own workshops. Many of Mr. Dunn's current works are available at Haynes Gallery.

Tom Jones

Tom is a resident of Central Florida and has been commissioned by government agencies, corporations, environmental groups, clubs, and private collectors. In answer to popular demand, he typically produces his watercolor landscapes in a series of three or five paintings around a specific theme. His art can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections, including commissioned paintings displayed in the Florida State Capital Building, Walt Disney World Corporation, Marriott Corporation, Omni Corporation, and museums. Tom's work has been featured in many books and on magazine covers as well as posters and brochures.


J. Chris Morel

Living in New Mexico since 1994,  J. Chris Morel paints in the mountains outside of Taos. Inspired by the legacy of great painters of the area, past and present, Morel has found endless subject matter close to home. Most recently, in June of 2016, Morel’s work has been featured in a two man show with sculptor Dan Ostermiller at the Nedra Matteucci Gallery in Santa Fe. Also in 2016, Morel’s paintings have been exclusively featured in New Mexico Magazine’s Annual Artist Calendar published for the NM Department of Tourism. Recently, Chris Morel’s work has also been featured in the June issues of: Southwest Art Magazine, Western Art and Architecture, Western Art Collector and Art and Antiques Magazine, as well as Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. In 2014, Chris enjoyed a one-man show at the Nedra Matteucci Gallery in Santa Fe where he continues to be represented. He also received the first annual Founders Award of the Maynard Dixon Country invitational Mt. Carmel, Utah as well as the Best of Show, Golden Thunderbird Award for the same show in 2007. Other awards include the Blue Ribbon in Oil Painting at the annual George Phippen Museum Western Art Exhibit in Prescott, AZ, the Taos featured artist and award winner at Art for the Parks, the 2001 Region II Award Winner in Jackson, WY and Plein Air Tucson in 1998. Morel’s work has been featured in several one-man gallery exhibits. He participates in exhibitions at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK, Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM, Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM, Maynard Dixon Country Invitational in Mt. Carmel, UT and the Gilcrease Museum’s American Art in Miniature in Tulsa, OK.


2015 Visiting Faculty

Dawn Emerson

Dawn is an accomplished pastelist, mixed media painter, juror, and teacher. Passionate about drawing and mark making, she is always in pursuit of innovative ways to express and teach interpretations of mood and energy. Her classes are focused on exploration rather than specific technique, and her presentation of material makes learning fun, engaging, and powerful. Dawn
comes from a background of graphic design, and has been teaching for 25 years. She is a signature member in good standing of the Pastel Society of America and the West Coast Pastel Society. She is also a member and part time instructor for Central Oregon Community College and the Atelier 6000 Printmaking studio in Bend, Oregon. Her studio is located in Terrebonne, Oregon.


Jan Denton

Jan Denton is an award-winning botanical watercolor painter. She has received a number of commissions for her work, and is an active member of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Jan has a BA in Fine Arts from California State University, and a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. In 2006 she co-produced “Botanical Treasures of Lewis & Clark,” an exhibit of original works displayed at the Corcoran Gallery. Shortly after moving to Santa Fe from DC in 2007, Jan began teaching classes on “Painting in the Style of O’Keeffe” for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Her many private collectors include Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth. Her work can be viewed online at www.jandenton.com. 

Qiang Huang

Qiang Huang was born and raised in Beijing, China and now lives in Austin, Texas.  He has studied art with master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. He is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America. Qiang’s still life work was featured in Southwest Art magazine in March, 2011.  American Artist Magazine featured his art and teaching in the 2009 summer issue of the “Workshop” Magazine and  his art was featured again in the April 2014 Artist Magazine

2014 Visiting Faculty

Cathrine Edlinger-Kunze

Cathrine was born and raised in Germany. In 1994 she moved to the United States. She has been teaching art to children and adults for over 16 years in schools as well as her private studios. Besides teaching, Cathrine devotes most of her time to figure drawing and painting, which has become her passion, and is reflected in her distinct emotional and personal artwork. Cathrine now lives and works in Carlsbad, CA. Since her first show in 1985, her artwork has been widely exhibited in Germany, Italy and the U.S. She has international collectors from Germany, Namibia, Canada, United States and Japan. If you would like to know more about Cathrine, her work and upcoming shows, please visit her website at www.edlinger-kunze.com.


Sterling Edwards

Sterling began teaching his style of painting in 1993. His workshops are attended by hundreds of people annually in the U.S. and Canada. In 2001 he was featured artist in Watercolor Magic Magazine. In 2007 he was awarded signature member status in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor and designed a signature set of brushes and a watecolor palette that are marketed internationally. In 2010 he was awarded signature membership status in the esteemed Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He is the author of the North Light book, "Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes: A Four Step Process," and is a contributing artist in numerous other publications. His paintings are in            private collections throughout the world. 


Natalie Italiano

Natalie, a founding member of Studio Incamminati and a graduate, received Best Portrait award in the Philadelphia Sketch Club's annual Small Works exhibition for the third consecutive year. Her still life paintings received several Honorable mentions in the Portrait Society of America's Members Only competition. She was also awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Portrait Society in 2009. Her recent project, "Portraits of Promise: One Hundred Alla Prima Portraits of American Teenagers," was exhibited at Gloucester County College. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and she currently exhibits at The Rutledge Street Gallery, Camden, South Carolina. Natalie holds a teaching certificate from the Moore College of Art.



Rob Liberace

Rob is one of America's premier artists and teachers, known for his inspiring and information packed teaching style. Rob works in a variety of mediums including oil, pencil, chalk, pen and ink, watercolor and clay. He has received the Portrait Society of America's Grand Prize Award in their International Portrait Competition. He teaches at the Art League of Virginia and holds workshops and demonstrations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Visit www.robertliberace.com for more information about upcoming workshops, demos, classes and additional dvd titles including The Portrait in Three Color Chalk; Red Chalk Anatomy: The Torso; Anatomy: The Hand and Arm; The Painted Figure in Grisaille and the Alla Prima Portrait.
Teresa Oaxaca

Teresa has been painting portraits and figures for over 10 years. Her abilities took off in 2005 when she enrolled in a traditional oil painting school in Florence, Italy. She spent a summer apprenticing with the renowned painter and new "Old Master" Odd Nerdrum in Stavern, Norway, in 2008. From 2010-2012 she studied with Robert Liberace at the Art League in Alexandria, VA. Her awards include placing second in the Portrait Society of America's Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been a Finalist several years in a row for still life and portrait painting in the Art Renewal Center's Annual Salon Competition. Since 2010, she has resided in the Washington D.C. area. 


Jordan Wolfson

Jordan Wolfson received his MFA from Yale University School of Art. Jordan has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad and has received numerous awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant and a Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was a fellow of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and the Ballinglen Art Foundation in Ireland. Jordan is represented by DFN Gallery in New York City, Michele Mosko Fine Art in Denver, and Rothschild Fine Arts in Tel Aviv. Along with his career as a professional artist, Jordan finds great inspiration from his work as a teacher. He currently teaches privately in Boulder, Colorado, and the Art Students League in Denver. 

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