Lauren’s creative practice has evolved and developed over a 20-year period as a collaborative visual artist and teaching artist working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Lauren’s work is grounded in the power of learning by doing. As a teaching artist she sees herself as a “bridge,” extending her hand to support each individual’s own way of being and seeing. Lauren is a founding member and master teaching artist with Arts Corps, an innovative and nationally recognized arts education program in Seattle. A passionate collaborator, Lauren works with her husband Donald Green photographer and mixed–media artist.
Instructor Anne Belov has been painting for more than 40 years. She is experienced in oils, watercolor, acrylics, egg tempera and pencil. Her subject matter encompasses everything from still life, landscape, and architecture to narrative figure paintings.
On Anne Belov's Workshops
"I love having local artists teach; being in touch with people we can see again and who are in touch with our community (general and artistic) is really great. I also enjoyed the people in the group...fun getting acquainted there too. The size of the group was marvelous...just right."
"I learned to think about not just connecting the objects to each other in a still life, but to think ahead about something about myself I want to connect to the painting, then use that as a genuine way to select the objects and arrange them in a way that expresses something to me. Ultimately, I am sure that will relay a stronger painting to the viewer." I learned that one should always have a story or event that the still life is about before starting the painting. Also using a shadow box is really helpful."
John Budicin was born in Rovigno, Italy and settle in Southern California when he was 12. After working as a commercial artist for 19 years, John decided to make his true passion for art his lifetime profession. With many awards and honors, Budicin's work has been in museum exhibitions and featured in many art magazines, Recently, several of his paintings were selected and published in 200 Great Painting Ideas for Artists. Budicin is represented by the Long Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as other galleries in the southwest.
On John Budicin's Workshops
"Your group logistics were great. Even though the island surrounds itself with beautiful bays and deep rural expanses, you took us to a couple places beyond visitor access where I captured scenes less commonly seen and just as beautiful. Many of the locations could keep landscape painters occupied for the whole week. John Budicin really put out for us, it seemed. He came by with advice while I painted quite often, though not too often—my ego had time to say 'Okay, yea he's right.' I felt I got better-than-average responses from John."
"There are a lot of things I liked about it. John himself was great—doing demos daily and being very open to questions and helping with hands on instruction. I have a new eye for values in my surroundings and am daily thinking about the way he builds a painting (even though I haven’t painted since the workshop). I loved our locations! Kudos to you for coming up with these! The openness and neighborly welcome expressed in individuals allowing us to use their homes, property, bathroom facilities, etc., was heartwarming. A great feeling of community. And I loved painting every day for 5 straight days. It was a great group of talented artists and budding artists, like myself. Cary, you were very welcoming, generous and yet on task. A great way to be. Thank you!"
"We both very much liked having John do a demo in the morning. We take a bit of time to get going and his demos built up our enthusiasm for our own attempts later in the day. We also like the idea of working on a plein air painting over a long time (nailing down the light/shadows quickly and then taking your time in building the painting."
Sandy Byers, of Whidbey Island, is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the West Coast Pastel Society, the Northwest Pastel Society and a member of Oil Painters of America. Recently, she was the juror for the animal/wildlife category for the Pastel Journal, Pastel 100 competition. Her work has won numerous awards and has been published in multiple fine art books and magazines. Byers is dedicated to using her art to benefit animal welfare.
Faye studied art at the University of Washington, and received her BA in 1967. She followed that degree with a teaching certification, beginning a lifelong interplay between learning and teaching.
A longtime student of color, light, and the vast potential for human expression, Faye Castle has been recognized as a distinguished Pastel Artist with the Northwest Pastel Society and is a member of Women Painter's of Washington.
On Faye Castel's Workshops
Thanks so much for a great class. It is always challenging but so very good to work outside of your comfort zone. I truly believe that I have learned a lot about pushing color, about attending to and using the 'tools' And it was all so much fun!
Aaron Coberly was born in Seattle in 1971. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember. He started taking art seriously as a teenager after being invited to attend a life drawing class. Living and traveling in Europe further inspired him. He began oil painting in 1999.
His work is primarily figurative with a stylistic nod to the Masters and the Impressionists. Aaron runs an open painting and drawing session in Seattle. He resides in the greater Seattle area and is married with a young son. Every day I work on becoming a better artist.
Aleah Chapin is fascinated by the many languages that pigment can speak. Through paint, she explores her surroundings and the intrinsic physical quality of things. By investigating exterior textures she delves deeper into the unseen cerebral and psychological substance of the person or object she is painting.
Cheri Christensen was born in Enumclaw, Washington, a small rural town of horse and cattle ranches and dairies at the foot of Mt. Rainier. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated from the University of Washington.
Cheri studied oil painting intensely for three years with Ron Lukas, a protege of Sergei Bongart, who taught in the tradition of the Russian Impressionists. In her studies, Cheri concentrated on seeing and conveying the effects of color and light on forms.
Romel de la torre
"My painting is the world, channeled through my eyes, through the prism of my own feeling, emotions and preferences. It is a unity of the visual world and the internal, abstraction and realism..." the artist's says. A consummate artist in all media, Romel de la Torre is one of today's most highly regarded artists. His figures, landscape, portraits, and still life paintings display unparalleled technical skill, fluid style, and thorough understanding of light, color, form and design.
Inspired by the beauty and eloquence of the human form, Edward Eyth spent decades refining his skills in figurative drawing while pursuing a successful design career. Recently his creative energies have been dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of figurative sculpture and drawing. Recognition and praise for Eyth’s figurative works have been immediate and extensive. His high standards, sophistication of technique, and mastery of anatomy and proportion have been paralleled to the works of Robert Graham and Frederick Hart.
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, David Gluck currently resides in Toronto with his wife Katherine Stone where he works as a full time artist and part time instructor. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Art Education from Penn State University in 2006, following which he immigrated to Canada to continue his career as an artist. His artwork is in both private and public collections around the world. These days David exhibits with Howard Schepp Fine Art in Palm Desert, CA and with M Gallery of Fine Art in Charleston, SC. David has taken second place in still life for The David Leffel Award for Excellence in painting, and has been a repeat finalist in the ARC Salon. David's work has also been included in International Artist, American Artist, and Artist's magazine
David Gray acquired a strong foundational education in art and has continued with independent and occasional formal studies in pictorial expression and oil painting. The resulting work reveals a personal and contemporary expression of beauty and order which pays homage to the classical tradition in its craftsmanship. David's works are included in many discriminating private art collections throughout the United States and abroad.
On David Gray's Workshops
"One of the absolute best workshops I have ever taken. The instructor/student ratio was great and, of course, Langley is a great setting, but the instructor was the best. In a humble but thorough manner, he explains to you exactly how he does his beautiful paintings in a well thought out step by step process. What was novel was that he painted for us exactly the way he paints in his own studio. He is very generous and patient with students – probably too much so. I am glad I got to study with him before he becomes too famous."
"Another thing that impressed me right off was the attention to detail. The reserved parking with WIFAS professionally printed signs, the signs out in front - very professional - not what you would expect - sets a tone that is carried through the whole workshop."
"You were a very "approachable" host and studio owner... not aloof or patronizing. Rather, you were sincerely friendly and helpful. Thanks again for holding an excellent workshop."
"Thoroughly enjoyed all 3 days of David Gray's workshop. He's a very methodical instructor which ensured we understood each step and he continually gave informative answers to the attendees' questions. Very worthwhile and I was enthused enough to continue working on the painting the very next day after the 3-day workshop because I do NOT want to let his instruction fade away. As often happens after any kind of workshop, not utilizing the information soon after often negates so much of what was shared."
"I liked it because it was low stress to "produce" and a nice size class."
"I LOVED the workshop and honestly can't think of one thing I would have changed. You thought of everything!"
"Thank you again so much, Cary, for letting us visit your beautiful studio. That was fun! And thank you for your wonderful hospitality, refreshments and having readily on hand anything we forgot. David is a not only a great artist but a very good communicator also. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone who's interested in the future."
"Enjoyed David’s workshop very much. Everyone is crazy over him! Not only is his style breath taking, but he is a very good teacher as well. I met some wonderful people. Some will be coming to your studio for various classes in the future. I can’t say enough about David, he is a wonderful artist!!!!! Thank you for a great class. This experience was on my bucket list! Hope all is going well with you."
"Wanted to thank you for making sure I was included in the David Gray workshop and to let you know what a wonderful experience it was for me. He is an excellent instructor - kind and thorough as well as patient. : ) We all had a wonderful time and learned a great deal. I would do it again in the drop of a hat!"
PSA, AAPL portraitist, Annette studied at the Art Students League with John Sanden, Daniel Greene and Burt Silverman. She has won numerous awards in pastel and oil, including four Gold Medals in Painting. Author of book on portraiture and featured
in September 1999 American Artist magazine, the Best in Pastels II, 2002 Portrait Highlights and pastel Artist International.
Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) came from China. He has studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. His paintings show remarkable accuracy and expressive brush strokes. Since 2004 his paintings have been selected continuously for the 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th Oil Painters of America's National Juried Exhibitions. American Artist Magazine has featured his teaching on the summer issue of Workshop Magazine. Qiang studied basic skills of drawing and painting under his uncle's guidance in China, he won awards in multiple school art shows. After he immigrated to America, Qiang took a career in science and technology. However, Qiang has been active in local art communities. To further develop his artistic skills, Qiang has attended classes and workshops. He has studied from well-known artists like Miles Mathis, Scott Burdick, David Leffel, and Sherrie McGraw.Qiang is most inspired by paintings of late 19th Century by John Singer Sargent, Nicolai Fechin, William Bouguereau, and Lawrence Alma- Tadema.
Ingalls' education in art began early. She first studied with her father, Richard Ingalls, who created the Art Department at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. She continued at the Accademia Delle Belle Arte in Florence, Italy in 1977, then returned home to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga in 1979. She later worked with Frederick Frank in New York and subsequently studied oil painting under Ron Lukas in Seattle. More recently she has studied with Richard Schmid and Burt Silverman.
Robert Johnson received his training in painting and drawing at the Art Students League of New York and individual instruction from master painter Lajos Markos. His numerous awards include First Place from The Artist's Magazine annual competition and the Salmagundi Club. Johnson has participated in national juried shows sponsored by the Salmagundi Club, Knickerbocker Artists, National Watercolor Society, Oil Painters of America, National Arts for the Parks, and the Portrait Institute in New York, among others. He has had numerous individual gallery shows, and his work is currently exhibited in galleries in the Southwest and in Washington, D.C. Johnson is the author of On Becoming a Painter, and his work is also featured in The Best of Flower Painting 2.
Currently living in New York, Michael Klein is a burgeoning artist in the Classical Realist movement, creating melancholic paintings that have a distinct and haunting feeling. Klein grew up in the Midwest, where he developed a special connection with nature and a desire to describe his world accurately through his work. He began his academic art training at 19 with Richard Whitney and, two years later, at Richard Lack’s The Atelier in Minneapolis. Still searching for further enrichment, he moved to New York City to study at The Art Students League of New York and, subsequently, the Water Street Atelier with Jacob Collins. Just a few years later, at the age of 27, Klein had his very first solo exhibition at Arcadia Fine Arts in New York.
David Jon Kassan is a contemporary American painter best known for his life-size realist portraits. The paintings combine figurative subjects with abstract backgrounds or “tromp l’oeil texture studies,” reportedly inspired by Franz Kline and Robert Rauschenberg.Of this dual representation strategy Kassan notes, “my effort to constantly learn to document reality with a naturalistic, representational painting technique allows for pieces to be inherent contradictions; paintings that are both real and abstract.”
On David Kassan's Workshops
Thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful workshop.The space, the light and smells have all been challenges in other spaces I have taken courses in. Your space excels in all three!!! And to watch such a great painter !! Kind regards, Bev J
Hi Cary, I wanted to say thank you for a wonderful workshop. I learned a lot from David Jon and as always, you organized a tip top workshop, and treated us all wonderfully. Thank you.
Thank you, Cary, and I will be sure to tell my students about your upcoming workshops. ~ Mandy
Beauty and strength are the quintessential characteristics of Kogan’s work. His approach is intuitive, yet innocent, as he relentlessly explores the classic, universal themes of hope, passion and love. His statement is consistently timeless, poignant, and provocative – exquisitely articulated in a cross-cultural language. And always definitive. Kogan’s art is more then visual. It touches the soul. In fulfilling his destiny to create great art, Simon continues to inspire, impassion, and romanticize his journey through life revealing the world according to Kogan. The meet Simon Kogan is to meet an artist in the truest sense, a genius with the skill of old masters and the boldness of a new-century personality.
Gregg Kreutz received his education from New York University and the Art Students League and studied with David Leffel. He exhibits at various galleries in New York, Wisconsin, Arizona and New Mexico. Kreutz authored "Problem Solving for Oil Painters," published by Watson-Guptill, and he was featured in March '88 American Artist. He had a one-man show at Grand Central Gallery, New York, in 1989. Kreutz has many awards to his credit, including the Salmagundi Club, Grumbacher, and Frank C. Wright awards. In his view, "Realistic painting is an especially rewarding endeavor. To actively go after it means to learn what makes art, what the external world really looks like, and how the two can be fused."
Washington artist Jim Lamb’s work has been seen around the world in the form of limited edition prints, collectible plates, greeting cards, puzzles, posters, apparel, postage stamps, sculptures, and many other forms. Jim believes he is most inspired when painting outdoors directly from nature.
His paintings can be found in galleries, shows, and collections around the U.S. He is a member of the Northwest Rendezvous Group of Artists, Plein Air Washington, and the California Art Club.
Over the course of his creative life, Jeff has developed an appreciation for the teaching process and the give-and-take relationship that he desires to create with students and emerging artists. Through challenge and encouragement, he hopes to convey that good art is more than just mirroring a subject, but is also about capturing and interpreting a feeling or a mood, and to show that good paintings are built on principles, not formulas.
On Jeff Legg's Workshops
"Thanks so much for hosting the Jeff Legg workshop. I came away with so much more than I expected. Jeff patiently demonstrates the techniques he uses and now I can confidently apply them in my paintings. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn from such a high caliber artist (in a fun and non-intimidating atmosphere). His sense of humor really comes through and being there was like being with one big happy family. He helped me come away with a painting that I will cherish forever.
This is the second time I’ve attended one of your workshops and every time I feel like I’ve taken a mini-vacation. I look forward to getting on the ferry every morning and to another peaceful ferry ride back in the afternoons. The view is amazing and so relaxing (I often spot seals along the way). The best part is that when it’s all over and I’m home, I feel that I’ve seriously grown as an artist. Thanks again for the “to-die-for” cakes you bake every morning. I can still taste the coconut and pineapple and can’t wait to go back for more!"
Robert Lemler is a respected and dedicated artist and teacher educated at Northern Arizona University. For more than a decade he has taught portrait, figure and life drawing classes in oil and pastel. His award-winning paintings have been exhibited in fine art galleries throughout the country and are included in numerous corporate and private collections. Robert's many honors include Gold Medals at the national exhibitions for Oil Painters of America and Pastel Society of America.
Robert Liberace is a contemporary classicist inspired by the old masters. He is equally gifted in painting, drawing, and sculpture. In February 2006, he was selected by The Artist's Magazine as one of their choices for the top twenty realist artists under the age of forty. In April of 2003, Rob received the Grand Prize Award in the International Portrait Competition from the Portrait Society of America. In 2002, he won their Best of Show Award. Rob has been commissioned to do portraits for clients such as George Bush, Ambassador Sol Linowitz, and Marc Pachter, the director of the National Portrait Gallery. He is currently working on a life sized sculpture of Mother Teresa for the National Shrine.
Bryce’s work is shown in galleries around the country and he participates in many national and international exhibitions each year. Bryce’s artwork has won numerous prestigious awards, including The Tuffy Berg Award, The Honorary Chairman’s Award and the Southwest Art Award of Excellence at the 2010 CM Russell Auction. He is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and was awarded Best in Show at the 2008 OPA Western Regional Exhibition. He was also named one of the Top Ten Artists to Watch by Southwest Art Magazine in January, 2009. His art has been published in many magazines as well as on book covers.
Carol Marine was born in Sheridan, Montana, and raised in the very small town of Harper, Texas in a dome house designed and built by her parents. Her mother is a weaver and a potter, and her father builds boats. Her parents always assured their children they could do anything in their lives they wanted, and that it was better to have a job they enjoyed than to make a lot of money. Carol’s family has been her greatest influence and inspiration. After graduating from Harper high school, Carol spent four and a half years at the University of Texas in Austin. She graduated in the fall of 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, and a focus in painting.
On Carol Marine's Workshop
"I just want to say thank you for organizing the Carol Marine Workshop. The venue was spacious, comfortable and well ventilated. Even the easels and lights that were provided were sturdy and perfect for the exercises. It was great having monitors to help out too. They were most helpful and refreshments were always plentiful. Langley was charming, convenient, and friendly. The restaurants and cafes offered healthy tasty and affordable menus. There were lots of art galleries featuring the local talent. Finally, thank you for opening your lovely home to the workshop participants for Wednesday dinner. I highly recommend WIFAS to all my art friends."
On Ned Mueller’s Workshops
"The workshop with Ned Mueller was excellent. He is amusing and entertaining at the same time as he is supplying a great deal of information and instruction. I think we’ll remember a lot more of what he taught because we had such a good time. I feel fortunate to have had the chance for instruction with an artist of his caliber who is also a very good teacher. The surroundings were very comfortable and pleasant. Thanks for all the goodies and for providing such a delightful school for our work."
Dreama Tolle Perry
Dreama Tolle Perry's masterful handling of color combined with exuberant brush work results in paintings that stir the senses---flowers set afire by sunlight, cats napping peacefully, a crush of market umbrellas lined along the Grand Canal---all invite the viewer to "step into" that place for a time and experience the joy of the moment.
Similar to the Old Masters' style, Riedel's works are characterized by their chiaroscuro and deep background color, lending a certain vibrancy and energy to his subjects. His use of dramatic lighting and rhythmic color, combined with a sense of solid composition, produces work that is timeless in its appeal. David considers his primary instruction to be from David Leffel, yet he also feels the importance of many fellow artists in both Taos and New York. The excitement of interacting with other artists creates a milieu in which he finds opportunities for artistic growth.
On David Riedel's Workshops
I was just reminiscing on my trip to whidbey and decided to write and thank you once again for the wonderful arrangement you provided us. Not only the workshop was great but you are also the best host. wish you lots of success...
Albert Rose is classically inspired with a great deal of exposure and training in modern art. According to Rose, "It is difficult to find support in anything but what popular direction dictates, i.e. abstract expressionism during my schooling in the´60s. I have found positive influence in commercial work and a Minneapolis community of painters under Richard Lack, with the label of Boston School. Alas, though at times at odds with my ultimate goals, even the abstract expressionism has contributed its part in making my classical work unique, expressive, and, to me, profound."
On Albert Rose's Workshops
I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated the opportunity to attend the Perspectives workshop on Saturday. I am in awe of Mr. Rose and his ability to break down such a complex method and teach it so effectively that a beginner like myself can immediately apply it to my drawing(s.) I now want to redraw and repaint my previous works! Instead, I must be content to apply my new skills to future works. I now feel confident enough to attempt some landscape painting ideas I've had for some time. Thanks to both you and Mr. Rose for sharing your precious time in the nurturing and mentoring of a "newborn" artist. Also, I greatly appreciate the ample supplies provided for the class. As a teacher, I greatly appreciate the time and preparation which went into making sure we students had the resources we needed to learn, practice, and apply our new skills! Sincerely, Shannon W.
Michele Rushworth has painted portraits in oils of children of all ages for clients across the United States. In addition she has painted the official portraits of five state Governors, a U.S. Senator, an Ambassador and numerous other executives, doctors and academics. Her work has been featured in American Artist Magazine as well as appearing on many national television and local news broadcasts and in newspapers in many states.
On Michele Rushworth's Workshops
"Thanks for the great workshop. It worked out so well to meet in Seattle. Michele said she is looking forward to next year only a little longer. There is always something more to learn!"
"Michele - great workshop! It continued to strengthen my grounding in portrait work as well as good old basic painting skills / technique. Thanks for all the suggestions on both photography and lighting."
Henry Stinson has the master's touch in both drawing and painting. His work reflects the old masters that he studied incessantly. His oils show the influence of Russian Impressionism, but with Henry's trademark approach. A bit quirky and more modern, his subjects include heating oil tanks, VW starters, and Martians. His focus and true love is the human figure, however, which he conveys with incredibly graceful and painterly brushstrokes. His drafting skills are superb.
On Henry Stinson's Workshops
"While reinforcing previously learned skills, I am constantly amazed that I always learn something new with each workshop of his I attend. Henry Stinson is a wonderful and inspiring teacher."
"Henry is someone that loves what he does. He has passion, and sincerity in regard for his students, and his art. It was a gift for me to have the opportunity to learn from him. Thank you."
"I really loved my time in your studio with Henry, you and the others. I felt so at home. The words that keep ringing in my head, (which, of course, we all know if we've been painting awhile.......but somehow this sticks) "warm light-cool shadows. Cool light-warm shadows" and "Squint for value. Eyes wide open for color". I find myself staring at people's faces to find the colors. I feel I can almost do it. I enjoyed Henry's generosity, sense of humor, and support. I was so glad we started and ended on time. Thanks for that. Also Henry sells his demo paintings for a very reasonable price. I think that is a benefit for students. I treasure the one I bought, and will use it as inspiration."
"I think Henry has such a fun way of teaching. The comedy routines kept it light, and whenever he came by my paintings, he always had something to show me whether it be mixing colors in a way that wasn't muddy, or looking for color in the shadows. Looking for colors I see would be one of the main things I learned from Henry. I started seeing the cool and warm colors he talked about, and blocking in the mass shapes, then blocking in shadows. I was worried that once I left your studio, I would forget all he said and it keeps surfacing throughout each day. On the plane ride home I found myself looking at reflected colors on surfaces and faces, and thinking about what colors I would use to paint with."
Ron Stocke's representational style is both exciting and unique and his combinations of lost and found edges separate his work from his peers. His focus is to simplify shapes and exaggerate values; “No other medium can capture the feeling of a wet surface or the feeling of light better than watercolor”. This is evident in most of my work and I try to exploit it as much as possible. Living in the Pacific Northwest Ron paints marine as well as landscapes but his interest in architecture is prevalent in most of his work. His cityscapes have become his primary focus.
For the past twenty years, Todd Telander has made his living as a naturalist artist. His diverse artistic path---which has included commercial illustration, wildlife art,expressionism, and abstract art--- has enriched his current work oflandscape, still life and portraits. Moving beyond the simple representation of nature, he is more interested in creating a mood and evoking an emotion through his paintings. He finds that the most simple subjects can often be the most beautiful, when portrayed with a sensitive eye to tone, composition and light. His latest work involves rural scenes near his home in eastern Washington in addition to his enigmatic still lifes.
Dan Thompson was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and graduated from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. He earned his MFA from the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art, and supplemented his training with several additional years of private study and studio apprenticeships along the east coast of the United States. He has been awarded two grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and has twice received the Ethel Lorraine Bernstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Painting from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. In 2001, Thompson won Best of Show in the American Society of Portrait Artist’s International Portrait Competition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Michele Usibelli's works primarily in oils, with a flavor of impressionism, in her representational style. Her early training established a strong foundation in the Russian Impressionist tradition of seeing and painting shapes of light and color using relatively loose brushstrokes. She has extensively studied and been influenced by numerous historic artists. Combined, all of these influences have allowed Michele to establish her own unique artistic style and define her as a truly versatile emerging 21st Century American Impressionist.
Mary Whyte's paintings of the people and places are richly narrative. She combines abstract design with sensitive rendering to produce the dynamic portraits she is known for. Mary is also an avid teacher and author. She lives and paints in Charleston, South Carolina and teaches painting workshops across the country. She has been featured in American Artists and the Artist's Magazine, and has illustrated 11 children's books. Mary's paintings have been included in many museum and national exhibitions.
On Mary Whyte's Workshops
I was one of the participants in the Mary Whyte workshop this past week. I wanted to tell you that it was a peak experience for me. I absolutely loved Mary, Langley, the evening at your home, the venue. It all worked together wonderfully and I felt compelled to thank you for bringing it all together. It was a joy. Thank you Cary,
When asked for an artist statement I try to keep it simple; I am a "contemporary traditionalist". I know that sounds contradictory, but I hope I can be up-to-date, and still honor tradition. One thing that is consistent in art history, is the opposition between different ideas, i.e.: contemporary vs. traditional, romantic vs. classic, naturalistic vs. abstract, etc. I decided years ago not to choose between the opposites, but instead work to bring them together in a beautiful way. My watchword is beauty. It is not difficult to see that we live in a world that is full of turmoil. On the other hand, it is easy to be tempted by the cliche. Rather than choose between angst or picturesque beauty, I hope to offer a reminder that there is beauty in the ordinary. When asked for an artistic statement one is tempted to try to impress with intellectual rhetoric, but my statement is simple: "There are still good things."
Zhaoming Wu was born in China and grew up in Guangzhou City. He received his BFA from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art China and his MFA from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Since 1983, he has been exhibiting his work in Asia, Europe, the United States and other countries around the world. Long active as both an artist and a teacher, he served as a professor of painting at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art and is currently an instructor of painting at the Academy of Art University. His works have been featured in many publications, including two drawing books and two painting books.
On Zhaoming Wu's Workshops
"Zhoaming Wu makes the difficult look easy. He is a master of color, edges, and 'romance' in the painting. The models were inspiring and even the snacks were outstanding. Thanks for a great workshop that I will remember for a long time.
"The Zhaoming Wu workshop was nothing short of magical. He is a kind and insightful teacher. Watching his demos sent me right into that rare painting zone where wonderful things happen on the canvas."
"Lovely to come back to Whidbey, thanks for your hospitality. You did an amazing job with the organization, very professional."
"Cary, what a wonderful workshop! Truly an honor to study with Mr. Wu. I've admired his work for a long time. How nice to also discover that he was a great teacher. I came away with much to think about and many techniques to practice and try out in my own work in the next year. Thanks so much for the excellent organization of the workshop and the fun BBQ at your house. And a special thanks for picking up an angled brush for me. What a difference it made and I was so glad to be able to attempt his teachings with the right brush. Look forward to the next workshop. I'm in love with your new Whidbey location. Great choice. :)
"The Zhaoming Wu workshop was a wonderful experience. Thank you so much for organizing it. When people ask I say the workshop was one of the highlights of my life! The whole event was like being in heaven. Langley is a lovely town and I enjoyed the opportunity to experience Whidbey Island."
Henry Yan has many years of experience in teaching drawing and painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. Per Henry, "I paint and I teach. I paint people, I paint landscapes and I paint anything that inspires me to mix colors and brush them on canvasses.