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Meet Our Instructors! Scroll To Read Bios About Each Artist

Alisha B Whitman - Watercolor

Alisha loves connecting with nature by exploring the outdoors with her family, then sharing those beautiful places and experiences with watercolor paint. Using enthusiastic colors and dynamic, calligraphic shapes, she strives to create landscape paintings that uplift and express joy by highlighting the goodness and beauty around us.

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Carl Seyboldt - Acrylic

Animals have always interested Carl, and he often incorporates them in his paintings. A covey of quail can be seen spooking a pack train, or a Chinese ringneck pheasant scaring the Concord Stage. Action in a painting is important to him, along with lighting and mood. Like most illustrators, he leaves the climax up to the viewer.

Carl graduated with a degree in technical illustration from Grossmont Junior College in 1969, which led to his assignment as an illustrator while serving in the Army. He later attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and graduated in 1975 with a BFA. Since then, he has worked as an illustrator and instructor at the Oregon College of Arts at Rogue Community College.

Charity Hubbard - Rogue Classical Atelier

Charity Hubbard has been a professional and fine artist for over 20 years.  She lives in Southern Oregon and finds much inspiration around her in landscape and people.

Charity is founder and head instructor of Rogue Classical Atelier, a bustling educational classical art atelier with two locations in the Southern Oregon Rogue Valley. The school offers a progressive program of study in the classical atelier method as well as community classes to youth, teens and adults.

The practice of frequently painting from life on location "en plein air" and people from life is important to Charity.  She feels that the regular exercise of painting from life enables her to better capture life, light and a truer sense of atmosphere, even when painting from life is not possible. 

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Cheryl Magellen - Multi Media Portraits

Cheryl began her love affair with the drawing of portraits and figures by copying the faces of pop star personalities from magazines as a teenager. When she graduated from college, her BA degree in Fine Art focused on life drawing in graphite. It was not until 2010 that she added color to her world. Looking to fast-track her knowledge of color and paint, she nested under the wings of over eighteen artist high-fliers in Oregon, California and the Scottsdale Artists' School in Arizona. She can currently be found working and teaching online classes from her home in Prospect, Oregon and teaches in-person classes in Medford, Oregon.

See more of Cheryl's work here
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Deb Van Poolen - Realistic Drawing & Landscapes

Deb Van Poolen has been a landscape painter for thirty years, exhibiting her work in Washington DC, Oregon, Montana, Michigan and the West Bank of Palestine. Deb became an artist so that she could spend time focusing on the beauty of nature.

Deb grew up in various midwestern cities, all within a couple hours driving time from Lake Michigan. She was introduced to life in the Pacific Northwest when she spent her final semester of college at a program on the Green Springs mountain east of Ashland. She has continued to thrive through living in mountain communities throughout her adult life.

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Lara Strazdas - Multi Media
Wildlife/Conservation Art

Lara's two greatest passions in life have always been animals and art. She combines these two passions to create life-like wildlife and pet portraits. Her style is realism, but each work of art is done in her unique style and with a passion and knowledge of her subject.

Lara has learned animal anatomy through education and spending much of her life observing wildlife and having pets all of her life. She went to university with the intent to become a veterinarian specializing in wildlife care. Lara took several courses in anatomy and physiology, biology, ecology, and zoology. She has years of job experience and training working for veterinarians, on ranches, the Oregon State University School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as wildlife rehab centers and animal parks. 

"I enjoy sharing the art techniques I have learned over the years and I hope to help encourage the creative spark in others that want to learn how to improve their skills, learn a new medium, or just need an excuse to fine time in their life to create." 

Find out more about Lara and her art here

Richard McKinley - Oil & Pastel

Richard McKinley has been a professional working artist / teacher for over 40 years. His work is represented in several national galleries and is in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art Museum (Ohio), City of Albuquerque (New Mexico), and the Hang Ming Shi Museum (China).

His oil and pastel paintings have been featured in numerous National / International art publications including: Southwest Art, American Artist, Workshop magazine, Artist magazine, Practique des Arts (France), and since 2003 has been a frequent contributing editor to Pastel Journal. He has been featured in 7 instructional DVDs and included in numerous art books. Years of his published materials were compiled in 2010 by North Light publications into the bestselling book: “Pastel Pointers, Top Secrets for Beautiful Pastel Paintings”. In 2015 a coffee table sized book; “The Landscape Paintings of Richard McKinley” featuring over 100 of Richard’s pastel and oil paintings with commentary was published by North Light Books.

An avid plein air landscape painter, Richard divides his time between painting the locations he is passionate about, reinterpreting those paintings back in the studio, writing about art matters, and instructing painting workshops.

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Silvia Trujillo - Multi Media

​​​​​​​Silvia Trujillo is an artist and an art instructor originally from West Hollywood, California. She began studying art through fashion design in the 1970s, then turned her focus to fine art and painting in the 1980s. She now continues to expand, experiment, explore, and move in new directions with her creations.

Silvia lives in Southern Oregon, where she is active in the local art scene. When she isn’t painting or teaching art, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and studying metaphysics. By maintaining a steady painting discipline, Silvia continues to teach her skills to intermediate and emerging artists through periodic workshops and classes

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Veronica Thomas - Oil Painting

Veronica Thomas was born in South Africa and now lives in Oregon. She was introduced to art at age twelve, when she started attending classes after school. In 2010 she took up art classes again with Stefan Baumann. She fell in love with painting in oils and has been inspired by some favorite and famous artists like Sargent, Zorn and Sorolla. She now draws on her experiences, influences, and personal understanding from both cultures to create her own expression in art.

Veronica enjoys painting a variety of subject matter including figurative, landscapes and still-life. Her desire is to capture glimpses of the Divine, not only in nature, but also in everyday things. She strives to reflect different perspectives, interests, and subject matter through the use of color and light.

See more of Veronica's work here
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