Here are all the wonderful artists you will have the pleasure working with in Art Walk Alchemy 2019:
Hello! I'm Melanie of Melanie April Art. I'm an artist, teacher, wife and mum. I live in sunny Sarasota, Florida where I have an epic little studio. I am self-taught and enjoy painting in watercolor, acrylic, and mixed-media (but watercolor is my jam!).
I believe with all my conviction that creating is a need of the human spirit. A fire whose hearth is in our belly. Being able to teach others how to tap into their inner artist is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my work in the world. I believe art connects us in ways words can't and allows us a freedom of expression that heals - heals us, and in turn, heals the world.
Hi! My name is Lucy and I am an artist living in the north east of Scotland. I like to work in a variety of mediums from monoprinting to mixed media to digital art. My work is inspired by nature, but also combines magical and storytelling elements. Semi hidden layers create a feeling of mystery and depth. I am drawn to forests, plants and creatures, with a fairytale twist. I work part time as a primary school art teacher and the other half of my time is spent creating artwork for exhibitions and sales, teaching in person adult classes on gelatin monoprinting and also teaching in online classes, both as a guest teacher and in my own solo classes. I can't wait to see you all in class!
I am a mixed media artist and teacher. I love to work with 2d and 3d arts and can be found alternating between my art studio one day and pottery shed the next. My style is loose and organic, spontaneous and free-flowing, I follow my soul and its callings. I love to scratch and scribble with a piece of charcoal, splash around washes of watercolour, watch it all drip, run and merge into something magical. Evoking emotions with my art is my ultimate goal, and to align with my spirit during the process.
Kathy Cano-Murillo is an author, artist & founder of the award-winning brand, CraftyChica. She spreads the gospel of glitter – literally through her DIY projects and figuratively through her speeches, workshops, books, and essays. A former syndicated columnist for The Arizona Republic, she is now a full-time creativepreneur which has led multiple Crafty Chica mass retail product lines, and partnerships with Coca-Cola, HSN, HP, WordPress, Disney & many others. She has authored seven craft books and two novels, and has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed+ more. Kathy is Mexican-American, a native Phoenician, mom of two, a wifey, and owner of five Chihuahuas!
My name is Christa and I truly love sharing my passion. I am a SoulFul artist creating inspiration and motivation to help others see and live their passion. After spending 20 years in a career in finance that was anxiety driven, stressful and starving my true soul to live, I decided to leave the safe and secure corporate, cubicle life to pursue my passion for art and teaching. In the past 4 years, I have led a happier, more fulfilled life and want to share my journey with all of you. I feel art and creativity play an important role in allowing our souls to let go and let in our true selves. We do not have to spend our lives searching for what it is – we can experience it and live it. My journey will always be a work in progress but I want to give back and allow my journey to bless you and help you find and follow your own journey. Let’s grow together!
My name is Iris, I am a London-based mixed media artist. I live in the heart of Bloomsbury with my beautiful family (husband, 2 kids & 1 cat). My passion is art journaling for self-expression and self-discovery. I love inspiring people to look further and go deeper through art, so they can really follow their inner creativity. I love making raw and emotional art that is about process more than result. When I make art I want to feel something, and it is so gratifying when my art evokes feelings in others. You can often find me at my art desk pursuing my many arty interests like art journaling, abstract painting, playing with art supplies and making mini journals. Currently my favourite art supplies are: fluorescent pink everything, ultramarine blue, off white & teal paint, Daniel Smith watercolours in Lunar Black, a brayer, a palette knife, black fineliner and red pencil.
My name is Zahraa Darweesh Ibrahem. I'm a 35 years old dentist from Cairo - Egypt. I started my crafting journey in 2011 and grew to love many types of paper crafting including card making, scrapbooking, interactive pop up cards, mini albums & explosion boxes, art journaling, junk journaling and mixed media. I love stamping and coloring using Watercolors, alcohol markers and my own DIY supplies including alcohol sprays. As a professional crafter I try to practice new ideas every day to keep up with new techniques and trends. I am also a design team member of 4 craft blogs as I love to inspire others and share my knowledge.
I come from a childhood of often travelling, discovering, and seeing new places. Originally of German nationality, but born in South East Asia, we were full-time volunteers, doing natural disaster relief work in countries like Indonesia, Philippines and Japan. I think that’s one thing that greatly influenced my art later on. I love to cheer people up with my art and create beautiful worlds of magic and mystery, stories of hope and beauty. I’ve now been living in Italy since about 16 years, am a full-time artist and mommy to two small boys. My inspiration and imagination is often fueled as my boys ask me to tell them bedtime tales of magical realms, faeries and dragons, mystical creatures, and nature spirits and spirit animals.
I love to create story-art, poetry, and paint from my dream journeys. I now teach in various online workshops, and enjoy sharing my techniques to inspire others and find their voice through art.
wen Lafleur is a lifelong artist, crafter, and world traveler currently living in South Jordan, Utah. She has been involved in arts and crafts her entire life, trying anything from drawing lessons to paper crafts, finally finding her true home as a mixed media artist. Gwen’s work can be found in private collections around the world and has been published in Cloth Paper Scissors and Creative Scrapbooker magazines. Whenever she gets a break from her full-time job in the eCommerce industry, you'll find her working in my studio and as a stencil artist, columnist, and creative team member for StencilGirl Products.
I am a mixed media artist who loves finding objects, scrap metal, fabric etc and incorporating them into my work. I have always been an up-cycler so mixed media is right up my alley! I also work abstract in oil and cold wax, acrylic, and collage. Growing up in L.A. California I see a lot of my urban appeal in my work. My more well known work is my “Urban Collage Dog” series. I love dogs and own 4 chihuahuas and a corgi! We moved almost 30 years ago to Minnesota and I see the effect of nature really showing up in my more recent work such as my recent bird art. I say “A Day without Art is Day Wasted” I try to incorporate art somehow into each and every day!
It’s funny how when you start writing about yourself, your first thought is to share your name, and that name leads to your identity. I, however, am wired differently, and hence talking about who I am becomes complex. Well, I am an explorer (bitten by the wanderlust bug), one who is curious to learn new things and explore new places. I create- art, poetry, stories, and food, because it gives me solace. I seek inspiration from things and people around me and look to inspire as well.
Throughout school and college years, I was good at fine art and I saw a connection to it. I eventually studied Clinical Psychology and I freelance, helping individuals with special needs. In a way, they have over the years taught me a lot about life, and looking at things from a different perspective. I then took to arts and started a company along with my mother- Dots to Lines. We started off with hand crafting home decor products and eventually went onto craft blogging. We are a part of some design teams and enjoy creating for these brands, and companies.
And my name is Aditi Mahajan.
I am Sunila Mahajan, born in Kenya, currently residing in Bangalore, India. I have studied Fine Arts from London School of Art, and am a freelance artist. Besides being a wife and mother of two children, my passion for art lead me back to my roots. That took me further down in my creative journey. I have learnt different art forms of India- Kalamkari, Madhubani, Tanjore, Kerala Mural, Lipan Work, etc. My immediate love is for contemporary abstract art or painting incorporating it with nature. I have undergone the Teacher’s Training Certification by Fevicrycl India, and have experience in conducting workshops and teaching different art forms.
Today, along with my daughter, I run a company called Dots to Lines, and we hand craft home decor products and are into craft blogging being a part of design teams of a few brands and stores.
Art is my passion.
Penny McDonald was born in the Heights, Houston, Texas. She has been an artist all her life, with formal studies in both commercial art and interior design. She left formal studies to marry the love of her life, Rob, in 1980. Penny is a firm believer in lifelong learning and many of her skills are self-taught. She believes strongly in using found objects or cast offs, and in recycling materials. Her art has been displayed in many exhibitions in the Houston area. She also teaches classes locally and online. In addition, Penny’s work has been published in Art Doll Quarterly. She lives and works in Houston, Texas.
I grew up in Orem Utah, surrounded by the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. I spent a lot of my time with my older brother drawing and occasionally stealing his charcoal pencils to draw by myself. With fashion and National Geographic magazines I taught myself to draw portraits. I also spent much of my time exploring the Utah wilderness and finding inspiration in nature. Now East Idaho is my home and I have two five year old daughters that provide a limitless amount of inspiration for my art.
I enjoy painting scenes of children playing or going about their day. For me there is nothing more beautiful than a happy child. Sometimes we tend to forget the happy and peaceful memories from our past, so I choose to paint them. I find so much inspiration from my own children but also from my time I spent with my grandparents. I am by nature a very quiet person. My art gives me a way to communicate with people and share life experiences that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
Shijun is blessed with an artist's eye and a poet's heart. Whether painting in oil or traditional Chinese painting, she is forever delighted by the results which seem to spring from a deep and ancient well that forms her artist's palette. Her muse gives her a love for oriental simplicity of form.
Shijun was born and raised in Foshan, an old town in the south of China full of history and famous for an active aesthetic nature. She is a graduate of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts 1987 (BFA). Shijun is an active artist member of the Oil Painters of America and the National Art Educators Association (NAEA) . She is a recipient of numerous awards for her artistic achievements in both painting and art instruction. Shijun teaches art classes and has lived in the Atlanta area since 2003.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries and art shows across the US, China and Hong Kong. Her paintings are collected all across the US, Europe, China and Japan.
Stephanie Jones Rubiano
Stephanie Rubiano graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M at Galveston with a degree in marine biology. Therefore, it stands to reason that she has chosen art as her career path. Her love of nature and fascination with Victorian photography is apparent through her combination of real butterfly wings and antique photographs in her mixed media works.
She has taught art workshops for the past 18 years at national art retreats and has recently turned her attention to creating online workshops so that she may create and interact with a larger audience. Stephanie and her artwork have been featured in books and magazines such as here Women Create, omerset Studio, loth Paper Scissors, and elle Armoire, and won awards at juried fine art festivals. Stephanie lives with her tolerant husband, Paul, and firecracker daughter, Fiona, in the suburbs of Austin, assiduously avoiding letters from her HOA regarding yard art.
MARY BETH SHAW
Mary Beth Shaw worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before she quit her job in 2000 to re-ignite a childhood love of art. Since then she has spent all her waking hours exploring life as a painter working in mixed media. She worked as an art gypsy for 5 years, exhibiting at outdoor art fairs and selling as many as 300 paintings in one very blurry year. She transitioned into being a workshop instructor in 2007 and finds pleasure helping students find their own voice. She is author of Flavor for Mixed Media and Stencil Girl, is a columnist for Somerset Studios Magazine and a Golden Artist Educator. She is the founder of StencilGirl® Products, LLC. She has a tattoo of a shooting star on her right shoulder.
My name is Muriel Stegers and I was born in the great city of Amsterdam. . I’ll be turning 42 this August the 15th and have two beautiful daughters. I have a part time job, 30 hours a week, in the insurance business and a full time job raising my girls to be strong independent and unique women.
I have always been a creative soul according to my surroundings. I discovered art journaling and mixed media about 5 years ago… started a group on Facebook to get together with more Dutch people and learn more about this amazing ART thing. I have lost my soul ever since. It has done more for me then any therapy ever could. I have dared myself in more ways than I could hold possible and created more than I could ever dream of. It made me new and whole again at the same time. What I value the most after all this time is that mixed media art needs no outside confirmation anymore. I learned to let go of other people’s opinions and there is no feeling more liberating.
We all want the acceptance of others but when you let go of this perception in your art, amazing things happen. I am no longer scared. If there is anything I can teach to another person this would be it. To share my story and be of help…the rest will follow by itself because it’s already there.
I am Petra, 50 years young, mixed media artist, wife,mother and grandmother. I love to teach and paint from the heart. My creative journey started about 6 years ago, started with just some drawings, Life book and later on i did some other classes too. Ever since I am obsessed with art journaling and making paintings and i’m teaching classes for about 3 years now. I love to paint with my fingers, making abstract backgrounds, being me, letting go of perfectionism, being in the present and a whole lot more. Together with my best friend and great artist, Muriel Stegers, Stegers and Stein, we do a lot of live classes and face to face classes. The last past years i really did struggle with perfectionism but I think I did overcome most of it.. and I am a proud artist now!
Tina Walker is a creator, hobbyist photographer, and dog lover. ♥ Art keeps her sane and is a retreat from her daily career responsibilities. She loves all things mixed media, including art journaling, assemblage, and book making. She believes mixed media is a perfect discipline, encompassing multiple products, mediums and design techniques. Her project selection and medium choice are always changing, and you will frequently see her hosting on-line collaborations and challenges. She is a frequent contributor to Stampington and you can find more of her art in her various in-person workshops. When she isn’t creating, you will often find Tina perusing local Antique stores looking for project inspiration or combining nature with art.