Katie Kendrick lives along the banks of the Tahuya River in western Washington, surrounded by the Tahuya State Forest. The peaceful beauty of the nature that surrounds her is a constant source of inspiration and nourishment for her creative spirit. She finds art making to be one of the most powerful ways to connect with her innermost essence, while at the same time discovering her authentic voice. She enjoys the experimental and intuitive layers of creating, where she can explore inner and outer worlds simultaneously. She has a passion for sharing her love of creating with others, and teaches mixed media workshops across the U.S. Her work has been featured twice in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine as well as several recently published books including True Vision; Authentic Art Journaling by L.K.Ludwig, Mixed-Media Self-Portraits by Cate Coulacos-Prato, 1000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn Sokol, and Exhibition 36: Mixed Media Demonstrations + Explorations by Susan Tuttle. Her book, “Layered Impressions: A Mixed-Media Approach to Painting and Poetry” was released in 2012.
A southern Oregon artist, DJ Pettitt delights in experimenting with a variety of mixed-media, using unconventional art methods; she is continually creating new techniques to incorporate into her work and teaching. Recent art passions include experimenting with new ways to alter her photographs, both digitally and with acrylic paints and mediums. She then combines them with repurposed textiles, vintage scraps and ephemera into visual journals and art books where word, emotion, and image collide. Her completed books are extraordinary works of art and are highly sought after.
DJ has held workshops both nationally and internationally and her work has been widely published in many books and magazines. She continues to explore various ways in which she can continue to share her talents and passion with others. Be sure to check her blog and website for the latest news.
I live at the edge of the charming and historic town of Jacksonville in southern Oregon. There is always something going on in my studio; painting, surface design on paper, book binding and making handmade paper have been keeping me happily occupied for many years. The need to create and play in color started when I was a child and by responding to that call my joy and my work have become one. Sharing what I do and know through my artwork and my teaching is a way to pass on the fruits of my curiosity and explorations.
Almost twenty years ago I was painting a lot and then took an afternoon paper-making class and really fell in love. For years I was sloshing around in the pulp, experimenting, taking classes and teaching workshops. Making handmade paper led to making books. It is in this form that I find the marriage of paper and the surface design processes I love.
I teach workshops in my studio, at Art Fest and Art & Soul for many years and am delighted to be teaching at An Artful Journey.
I truly believe that the need to be witnessed by the self and by others is a human core need, to be fulfilled by the act of creating. Therefore, a compelling part of my journey is the teaching of art making and visual journaling. As a young adult I had studied Fine Arts in an artists' village nestled at the foot of the mystical Mount Carmel, Israel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and later, Graphic Design at the University of Arts in the contemporary yet history-drenched city of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Now living in a city by the beach of Southern California with my family, I take in all the magnificence of the visual languages I have acquired along the way. I am passionate about my process of marrying multiple media to create works that are both personal and expressive.
Entirely self-taught, Jesse Reno decided early in his career to forego formal training, opting to develop his individualistic style through a prolific and exuberant output of creation. His materials range from acrylic paint and oil pastels to colored pencils laid primarily over wood panel and canvas. He generally works on five to ten canvases at once, apportioning equal time to each, in the interest of allowing the thematic content to germinate organically. Open as the artist is to the unfolding of subconscious content, his paintings emerge as pieces of a dreamlike mythic narrative.
"As in primitive cultures my creations remain pure as if they are my personal gods and visual diaries, free from the concerns of technique, preconceived ideas, meaning, or concern for what has come before… they come from within, and manifest as an expressions of the world that surrounds, like gods created in ones own image, a reflection of self, and outward understanding…"
To see over 1000 examples of Jesse's work, along with a full bio and resume, visit his website at
Nina has been an artist for as long as she can remember in the sense of channeling an insane, intense desire to simply CREATE. Since 1988, she has been a professional jewelry designer, and has been teaching mixed media/jewelry workshops, both in the United States and abroad, since 2000.
In the early winter of 1999, Nina opened a blank book one bitterly cold night and let her sense of design spill across the pages. The process is one that continues to unfold, and she is never without amazement and a sense of utmost gratitude for the creative flow that has yet to lessen in force.
She lives with Walter, her loyal 4-legged companion, surrounded by nature in her beloved mountains of western North Carolina; her greatest pride and joy centers on her two bright and shining sons, Robin and Roy. They've flown the nest, but continue to come home and check on their mom and tell her they love her without hesitation. Life is good.
A modern day expeditioner, I practice my own version of archeology, scanning the terrain for intriguing bits and pieces that present themselves. I am most inspired by nature and its melodic effects on the human spirit with my intention being to offer a simple, yet organic, approach to viewers in my work. Passionate about repurposing everyday objects, I am committed to reinventing normal into something eclectic, expressive, lighthearted and potentially spiritually stimulating all at once.
Having traveled all over the United States and internationally to offer creative instruction, I find respite in my home studio in the valleys of Southern Oregon where I work from home - continually influenced by the view out my studio windows, witty comments from my young daughters, and the ebb and flow of creative energy. My own book featuring my found object jewelry titled "Semiprecious Salvage" arrived in bookstores February 2008.
Leighanna Light is an art instructor and figurative assemblage artist known for her whimsical style & unique use of found objects. Her background is in fine arts & photography, but she considers herself self-taught when it comes to the assemblage work that she now creates. She has been teaching art workshops for the past 10 years, both nationally and internationally.
Leighanna is represented by galleries & museums across the country and her work has been published in numerous books and magazines including The Studio, Art Doll Quarterly & Somerset Studio.
"I love to create, to hunt for things to create with, and to share my creativity with others. It’s what I live for, it’s my oxygen."
Leighanna grew up in a small town in upstate New York. She has spent most of the past 18 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her best friend, Sam.
Kelly Rae Roberts & Mati Rose McDonough
Kelly Rae Roberts neglected her creative dreams until she was 30 years old. Once she finally put paint onto paper, her heart and life exploded with a joy she hadn't known before. Now, many moons later, she's a full time mixed media artist, author, and seeker of all things joyous. She is the author of Taking Flight: Inspiration + Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings, a popular arts + craft book that encompasses all aspects of what it means to live the creative life. Her work has been featured in a variety of mixed media books by her peers and she's had several articles published in various magazines, including Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Life, and Memory Makers. Recently, she signed on with Brush Dance Publishing and Demdaco for long term licensing agreements that will showcase her work on cards, journals, magnets, calendars, and decorative wall art in stores nationwide. In essence, Kelly Rae is an artist, author, and all around lover of life and people who not only seeks to express a sense of vitality and connectedness in her creations, but is passionate about teaching others how they too can find their creative wings.
Mati Rose McDonough is a painter and illustrator who lives and works in San Francisco in the studio behind her home. Mati Rose is a busy artist who balances showing around the country, teaching, illustration projects, licensing deals and her own designs. She hopes that this is just the beginning. Mati is currently inspired by Italy, painting murals, art retreats and her artist husband Hugh.
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Best known for her Fragment series of small fabric collages, Lesley is also an internationally known quilter and mixed-media artist with a passion for color and the written word. She has taught extensively in the US and internationally. Her art and articles have appeared in numerous publications and juried shows. In her current position as Contributing Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Lesley showcases new talent and mixed media art. Her first book, Quilted Memories, brought new ideas and techniques to quilting and preserving memories. Lesley's second book, Fabric Memory Books, combined fabric and innovative ideas with the art of bookmaking. Her latest book, Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur (C&T), takes a new material to a new level. Using her experience and knowledge of image transfer, Lesley has also recently introduced a new product - TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) – that creates state of the art image (and text) transfers.
Lesley has filmed instructional DVDs with Creative Catalyst Productions and Quilting Arts. Not one to be camera shy, Lesley also appeared on three episodes of Quilting Arts TV Season 1.
Through her teaching, writing and art, Lesley aspires to inspire others to find their own voice and share in the magic that is art.
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I have had a life-long love affair with art and “making stuff”. I began working with metal in 1969 as an assistant to Carmel, CA metal sculptor Malcom Moran. After a brief period of operating my own metal sculpture studio and gallery, I entered the teaching profession. I have recently retired after 32 years of teaching art and photography in public school. In 2002 I turned to making found-object jewelry as an outlet for my metal work and have been teaching jewelry making classes to adults at various venues across the U.S. My work has been featured in ‘Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry’ and ‘Jewelry Artist’ magazines. Examples of my work have been included in Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book, ‘Making Connections’ and in ‘Exhibition 36’ by Susan Tuttle.
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