• Lori Beach

    Lori Beach took art lessons about 40 years ago from a woman in Laguna Beach California. This amazing artist and her work inspired Beach to learn more. Every Wednesday Beach would meet at her artist friend’s house, to learn painting techniques. Beach has not painted for about 30 years. Recently, within the last several months, […]

  • Deanne Kroll

    Creativity spilled into all aspects of Kroll’s life from an early age in Minnesota. Soon after graduating from the 4-year program at the Atelier LeSueur in Excelsior, Minnesota, Deanne opened a studio in the Twin Cities. Health issues led her to seek alternative methods of healing. Kroll’s journey included Qigong and meditation which led her to […]

  • Kasia Polkowska

    Kasia Polkowska is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on landscape painting, working in acrylics. She studied fine arts at Pratt Institute in New York where she earned a BFA ’06. Currently she lives with her family in Pagosa Springs. She paints as a response to her love and fascination with the Western landscape which […]

  • Michael Vittitow

    After Michael Vittitow completed his formal artistic training at the University of NewMexico in Albuquerque, he went on to pursue his degree in graphic design and photographyat Eastern New Mexico University. After a 35-year successful and award-winningcareer, Vittitow traded in his computer and mouse for a brush and canvas to explore a moreexpressionistic way to […]

  • Colleen DeSanto

    Colleen lived in Michigan as a child and received her B.A. in Art Education/Jewelry/Weaving. After teaching art to both middle school and high school students, and raising a family, DeSanto retired to Creede, CO. There she developed her own unique, textured acrylic landscape painting style; inspired by the raw beauty of the Rocky Mountains around […]

  • Dan Dempster

    In this age of information overload, Dan Dempster curates that rarest and most elusive commodity: peace of mind. Pointing out the spectacular in the mundane, he teaches how to see. In addition to his highly detailed studio drawings, paintings and sculpture, Dan enjoys the freshness of painting en plein air. He can often be found somewhere […]

  • Christine Mercer Kraft

    Christine Kraft obtained a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design,Columbus, Ohio. After a successful and award-winning career as a GraphicDesigner, Art Director and Executive for major corporations, nonprofits andadvertising agencies, she now enjoys creating her own artwork from her studio inCreede, Colorado. Kraft draws inspiration from nature in the San Juan Mountains, […]

  • John Ross Palmer

    John Ross Palmer studied at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. In 2010 Palmer began the Escapist Mentorship Program, created as a way for artists to meet and learn about Escapism and the business side of the art world. That same year the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston named Palmer “Artist […]

  • Michael Swearngin

    Driven by design, Michael Swearngin uses simple shapes to establish a strong composition on the canvas. He then works the under-painting with dramatic color and texture for high visual impact. It is through his art form that he intuitively paints to express the worn rugged spirit of the American West in his contemporary style. Every […]

  • Sharon Mantor

    Sharon Mantor is an award winning artist from Durango, Colo.  As a studio and plein air painter she specializes in landscapes of the Four Corners area and the southwest.  Her art education, and attended workshops with well known artists, have spanned many years.  She recently completed a two year mentorship program with Kathryn Stats. Connection […]