Faculty/Group Leaders


Our Art Workshop Faculty are both high profile, professional art instructors who have an international reputation, as well as wonderful local instructors who are breaking onto the international scene through our unique travel workshop arrangement.

Our Group Leaders are folks who are interested in putting together a group of travelers, friends, artists, shoppers, or family to come experience these amazing and little known  countries; the indigenous markets, the villages, the handicrafts and art, the culture, the landscape and scenery that will take your breath away, the color and vibrancy of the people themselves, the Maya and Inca ruins of ancient civilizations, and the Spanish colonial cities with 16th century architecture that will transcend you to a time of the Aristocratic Spanish of the “New World”.

Introducing our Creative Workshop Faculty and Group Leaders…

(Clicking on a name below will take you to more information)

Bob Burridge

Wayne Chambers

Lisa Coddington

Sara Eyestone

Lesta Frank

Kaye Franklin

Barbara Frasier &
Gayle Jacobson

William Hewson

Laurie Humble

Karen Hogensen

Kathy Johnson

Wyn Kalagian

Brenda Kingery

Carol Koutnik

Jan Ledbetter

Susan Lewis

Jean MacKenzie

gail Mcdaniel

Steven Napper

Terry Gay Puckett

Bess Ramsey

Rockport Art Center

Brook Rosser

Marki Rowe

Pam Stanley

Betsy Dillard Stroud

Ann Templeton

Tony van Hasselt

Chris Van Wyk

Gayle Weisfield

Dee Dee Woodbury



Get ready for a highly energized Bob Burridge painting workshop where spontaneity is used for maximum effect. Burridge’s positive approach towards the act of painting will inspire you to loosen up, have fun again, and paint more! Bob Burridge leads an exciting and lively career with an impressive resume of credits to his name: He is the first artist featured on Starbuck’s Commuter Mugs; the Official Artist for the 2001 Sausalito Art Festival– his image, “Party of the Arts” was selected as the top festival poster of the year by Sunshine Artist Magazine. As the Official Pearl Vodka Artist, his “Three Cheers America” is featured on the hang tags of every bottle. Burridge has just completed his 4th label for Pearl. Named by the LA Times as one of California’s “Top Ten Emerging Artists”, Bob is a winner of the prestigious Philadelphia Water Color Society Crest Medal, previously won by Georgia O’Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, and Pablo Picasso. Burridge exhibits his work in San Francisco, Sedona, Raleigh, Mendocino, Maui, Australia, and on Cruise Ships.

Bob teaches a variety of painting workshops to professional and emerging painters throughout the United States, Mexico, and France, and now Guatemala. His workshops have historically changed artists’ lives forever. About his style of painting, Bob says “Art should be an uplifting experience and celebration of all that’s wonderful about life and its quirkiness!      Click Here To View Robert Burridge’s Website

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An internationally recognized watercolor painter, Wayne Chambers has studied painting his entire life, exploring different techniques such as life drawing, oil painting, and composition at the New York Student League. He has studied with other famous artists including, Thomas Folegty, Richard Goetz, Hilda Terry, Robert Wade, Frank Webb, Judi Wagner, Barbara Nechis, Christopher Schink and Tony van Hasselt.

In 1999, upon moving to Savannah, Georgia, Wayne became the Official Artist of the famed Mercer House from the book and movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”, and he also opened his own gallery in the Historic Savannah’s “Designer District.” With his work, Wayne has brought a fresh new view to the world of watercolors by painting some of Savannah’s most prestigious buildings and landmarks, while never turning away from his still life, floral, birds, and nautical paintings. After being designated Featured Artist for the Southern Living Magazine’s 2002 Designer Home, Wayne has been commissioned by some of Savannah’s most influential people to paint their homes and gardens.

Wayne is a member of the Jekyll Island Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, and the Georgia Watercolor Society. His paintings reside in prestigious, private and corporate art collections across the world, and his work is currently exhibited in some of the finest art galleries on the East coast of the United States.   Click Here To View Wayne Chambers’ Website

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The whimsical and fine botanical watercolors of Lisa Coddington, MA sprouted from favorite childhood outings visiting formal topiary garden and sifting through fall harvest color. Her parent’s stories about her birth place, Caracas Venezuela, and her father’s global slideshows cultivated her appreciation for the arts and travel. Recent trips to France and Mexico, and freelance work continue to inspire her to teach and share this beautiful art form. Lisa is a member of The American Society of Botanical Artists.

Beginning and experienced students alike benefit from her step by step method for drawing and watercolor. Lisa has taught her workshops at numerous locations including, Santa Fe Art Institute, Denver Botanical Gardens, The Adirondack Museum, Cazenovia College, and San Antonio Texas. Her art work has been exhibited at the Portland Oregon Home and Garden Show, galleries in South Carolina, Upstate New York and currently in Madison, Wisconsin. Her whimsical Pearsonalities® from Coddington Cottage® embrace the good memories while raising her three children, and are now licensed for commercial prints and products.

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, and most especially the Botanical Gardens of renowned Hotel Atitlán, are a perfect setting to inspire and explore botanical art subjects for beginners as well as those who want to improve their art skills.  Click Here To View Lisa Coddington’s Website

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Perhaps you’ve seen her posters decorating the sets of television’s Murder She Wrote or Melrose Place. Her artwork is a favorite with Angela Lansbury. Sara Eyestone is one of a small handful of American artists featured on NBC’s Today Show. As a young artist, she left her family home in the mountains of New Mexico and settled on the Jersey Shore an hour by train from New York. It was there that she developed her talent while attracting a following of collectors, press, and publishers. Since 1980 her floral and pottery prints have been featured in over 300 museum shops worldwide. By 1986 the art of Sara Eyestone had been featured throughout the country in 50 one-woman shows. Her design titled THE GOLDEN LADY was chosen as the official Statue of Liberty commemorative plate, and The New Jersey State Museum had a large retrospective exhibition of her paintings and drawings borrowed from private collectors. She is a featured artist on note cards of the renowned Caspari company. Her paintings are commissioned by private collectors and published internationally.

Today Sara Eyestone welcomes visitors from all over the world to her private gallery on the famous river walk in downtown San Antonio, Texas. She continues to paint for the art lovers who commission her, draw their children and grandchildren, and travel to her workshops and signing parties.  Click Here To View Sara Eyestone’s Website

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I loved creating art as early as I can remember, and decided to become an artist at the age of five”. A native of Texas, watercolorist Lesta Frank has an expressive style described as “intricately detailed, with a mystical touch.” Her paintings of water gardens, cactus flowers, and Texas cowgirls are well-known throughout the Southwest. Her original paintings are in permanent collections, have been exhibited at museums and in juried exhibitions, and are held by major hotels and private collectors throughout the United States.

Lesta’s prints and cards are licensed by The Arthur A. Kaplan Company, a 50 pillar, and one of the most recognized names and respected entities in the picture publishing industry. Her poster work has been published by the Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center and the Botanical Gardens in San Antonio Texas. Lesta earned an M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology, in New York, and a B.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. As an instructor, she is passionate in “encouraging and inspiring students along their painting journeys.”   Click Here To View Lesta Frank’s Website

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Kaye Franklin has traveled and taught workshops in Portugal, Italy, Spain, Mexico, England, Hawaii, France, and now Guatemala. Between painting and exhibitions, she has authored several books and been featured in many articles in national art publications and is a highly sought after art show juror. Amazingly, in addition to all this, and her many workshops throughout the United States, she makes time to instruct weekly local classes.

Kaye began her art career in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Four years later, in 1979, she began a serious quest for the best art schools and instructors. She studied at the Scottsdale Artist School and with Connecticut artist William Henry Earle. Kaye’s pursuit of excellence has won her the deepest respect of her students, peers, and serious collectors. She has received many national awards and honors that have culminated in her recognition as master pastelist, and her election to signature membership in the Pastel Society of America and Oil Painters of America. She is also a Signature Member of the Au Premier Coup Society.

The elements in her artwork consist of light, color, and focal point. She likes working with both pastels and oils. Pastels show immediate results and they stay brilliant, oils allow you to create new colors from existing pigments.

Kaye’s work can be seen at the Victorian Gallery in Dallas, Texas and Zantman Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho, the famous Hensley Gallery in Taos, New Mexico, as well as on her web-site. Click here to view Kaye Franklin’s website. 

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Barbara Frasier and Gayle Jacobson have been textile and fiber art enthusiasts all their lives; learning, then teaching others. They have given their time and efforts generously to the community of fiber art and artists.

Gayle started at age three, learning the “running stich” from her grandmother. By age eight, she was begging to use the sewing machine…she has not stopped since. Majoring in Clothing and Textiles at OSU, catapulted her into the world of quilting, fabric embellishment with threads, paint sticks and crayons, beading silk ribbon embroidery, and many other techniques. She helped launch, and has been instrumental in the growth of the Columbia River Gorge Quilter’s Guild. An avid teacher and publisher of patterns, she is also a member of the Machine Embroiderers of Oregon.

Barb graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Home Economics, then taught in the public schools of Corvalis and Salem, while helping develop curriculum there. She developed the first quilting courses that led to the extensive curriculum now taught at Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest in Salem, Oregon, a nationally recognized quilt shop. Barb teaches and has published quilt patterns, is a member of the Machine Embroiderers of Oregon and Washington, and served her community for 10 years as chair of the Hood River County Fait Textile/Clothing Department, and has worked with the youth as 4H Clothing Leader.

Traveling and learning from others (especially the Maya culture) has been an amazing experience that they have wanted to share with others. As a team, they are now taking groups of women who are interested in textiles, fiber art, weaving, embroidery, and hand dye methodology, to learn and experience “hands on”, the traditions of these women of the Maya, and to witness the convergence of their ancient beliefs and customs with these traditional skills.

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When I think of Guatemala I think of vivid color. I think of the beautiful smiling people in their multi-colored hupiles. I think of amazing flowers and fruit from the jungles, the abundant markets overflowing with crafts, and how there is nothing comparable to painting in Guatemala.”

William Hewson offers his students thrilling color work and leads them away from the analytical into abstraction, to see shapes. “When we are able to free ourselves of preconceived images we can truly see the beauty of the world.” He begins with contour drawing as a map for painting, followed by a direct painting approach that avoids washes and creates direct, dramatic color passages. “I do a lot of my mixing on the paper and let the accidental quality of watercolor take over. It’s a great practice in surrendering control”.

William has been painting and teaching for fifteen years in the Pacific Northwest, nationally, and internationally. He has studied in Paris and Stockholm, as well as The University of Houston. His diversity of work includes portraiture, still life, and landscape. He’d love to travel with you to Guatemala for a painterly immersion into color.  Click Here To View William Hewson’s Website

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Laurie HumbleI feel the need to explore every idea as it comes and not be bound to repeat myself. A good watercolor seems to glow from within, creating a beauty of its own which I find captivating.”

Join Laurie Humble for the painting adventure of a lifetime. Her relaxed teaching style provides for individual attention and a whole lot of fun. While she is recognized internationally for her work in watercolor realism, in her workshops she stresses composition & focal point, color, contrast, and capturing the moment.

Laurie is the author of the best-selling book, Watercolor Depth and Realism. Her watercolors have appeared in more than Fifty National and International Exhibitions garnering numerous awards. She holds signature memberships in seven watercolor societies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Texas State University.

The subject of a feature article, in American Artist Magazine, Laurie’s work has also appeared in Southwest Art, and International Artist, and was accompanied by a feature article on the cover of the October 2008 issue of Watercolor Artist. Her work is included in the new book, Splash 10, a North Light publication as well as the F&W media 2009 calendar.

Laurie teaches at The Art League of Houston, conducts workshops across the United States, and on the internet with www.artacademylive.com were she also has three instructional DVD’s available. Laurie’s latest work and current events can be found on her website www.lauriehumble.com

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Karen Hogensen, is a well traveled, freelance photographer (Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kenya, S. Africa, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Honduras and Guatemala). From 1992 to 1996 she traveled as the photographer for the Organization for Tropical Research into the jungles of Venezuela and Brazil. In 1998 she taught at Santa Reparata Graphic Art Centre in Florence, Italy, and in 2000 was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes grant for projects in Guatemala. Karen actively promotes the photographic medium through lectures and workshops and her own prints have been included in numerous exhibition spaces and magazines throughout the U.S. and South America. Currently, she teaches Art Appreciation and Photography at Palo Alto College, specializing in alternative processes. She has an M.F.A. degree in Photography from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Kathy Johnson’s first official art class began at the age of four. Once she saw the paint and learned the word magenta her world was never the same. Since art school Kathy has studied with the likes of Charles Reid, Barbara Nechis and Carol Schwennesen both abroad and in the U.S. Kathy’s travel focus has been Latin America, her first trip to Guatemala was in 1978. She has been in love with the colors, the country and the people ever since. In over 20 years of visiting and collecting she has acquired an intimate knowledge of Guatemalan folk arts and backstrap weaving as well as painting experience on location and in the studio. Kathy’s work has been shown across the U.S. and hangs in collections in the U.S., Guatemala and Belize. Kathy lives on Vashon Island, Wa. which just happens to be the sister city of Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, that can’t be a coincidence!

Kathy has worked with artists from the ages of 15 – 101, all skill levels are welcome, Guatemala has something for everyone. Come discover the deep magic of Lake Atitlan in the “land of eternal spring.” The workshop focus will be on watercolor, we will also touch upon sketching, sketch books, travel journals and collage. We will explore capturing the spirit of place as a group and on an individual basis.

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Wyn Kalagian, a retired public health nurse from St Catharines, Canada, and a hardy traveler/painter, has participated in several painting workshops and tours in Guatemala and has fallen in love with the Maya, their culture and their character.  Wyn has now traveled 7 times to Guatemala and Ecuador. On one particular trip, she discovered she had a passion for painting and capturing the spirit of Maya women. This soon developed into a further passion – putting eco friendly stoves into the homes of the Maya women. Combining the two passions, she began donating a stove for every painting of a Maya woman she did. To date she has put 95 stoves into the homes of these Maya women. Her passion keeps her traveling to Guatemala, and now Ecuador as well.

Wyn began to really develop her painting skills in earnest when she retired from a lengthy nursing career in 2000. Her painting education has taken her to Vermont, North Carolina, Florida, New Mexico and Guatemala. She has studied from well-known artists such as Jeanne Carbonnetti, Jean Grastore, Jan Hart, Robert Burridge, Lila Lewis Irving and Tom Lynch. Her paintings are full of bright color and magical qualities. Wyn has participated in the Pumphouse Studio Tour, her own Art in the Garage show, and Willowbank Art Shows. A reflection of Wyn Kalagian’s painting style: “The essence of a scene on canvas enables the viewers to use their imaginations to finish the scenes for themselves. The hope is that an impression of things half-real and half-remembered will speak to the viewer in a special way. An adventure is created between the painting and the viewer.”

Wyn’s inpiration…“the beautiful, hard working women of Guatemala are my inspiration.  I have been impressed with how hard these women work in order to keep their families functioning.  In spite of the harsh realities of their daily routines, they continue to create vibrant and artful designs in their clothing, a tradition that has been carried on for hundreds of years. One of the main tasks of these women is to prepare food for their families.  For most, cooking takes place over open fires, which cause their homes to fill with toxic smoke.  This smoke is not only an annoyance, but the cause of lung, eye and burn problems.  Stoves vented to the outside are needed to prevent these health problems”. Click here to view Wyn Kalagian’s Website.

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Brenda Kingery is a veteran of art sojourns the world over. She has studied art and taken art to the people of Uganda, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, throughout Asia, including Japan, and Okinawa. A voting member of the Chickasaw Nation, a Mother, a wife to her best friend Tom, a Batchelor of Fine Arts degree and a Masters in Art History and Painting from the University of Oklahoma, she is forever on the move, soaking up even more culture.

Kingery has taught drawing, painting, and cultural history at the University of Maryland in Okinawa, Japan, Texas Tech University, San Antonio Community College, and the Center for Creativity and Spirituality in Kerrville, Texas. She has been named Artist of the Year by the San Antonio Art League, and has been invited to exhibit her work in Santa Fe, Oklahoma, Japan, Indiana, Arizona, Chicago, San Antonio, and Arizona. Her goal is to create paintings “full of life’s breath”. “Every culture gathers to sing and dance – I try to capture the times when we abandon ourselves and enjoy simple things”. The Dadian Gallery in Washington D.C. just featured a major exhibit of Kingery’s work entitled Visions and Voices, Paintings by Brenda Kingery and Embroidered Textiles from Honduras, Mexico and Uganda. She says of her work exhibited there, “the third world women are a new reality for me. In their silence, I have wanted to bring their voices to resound with dignity, and they in turn have given me hope, and a glimpse of Christ among us”. Kingery’s work is currently shown at the Parchman Stremmel Galleries in San Antonio, Texas, and Adair Margo Galleries in El Paso. Click here to view Brenda Kingery’s website.

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Carol Koutnik, award winning artist, author, instructor, and traveler, is respected and admired by her peers; her work is savored by students and patrons alike. Capable of producing 60 paintings for one show, she is prolific yet intentional in her pursuit of “living life with the hope of sharing my visual adventures with others.” Travel and experiencing other cultures, “constantly alters my visual sense, and influences my thought patterns.” An extended period in Saudia Arabia served as a “life-changing period. I learned of living without material goods, in silence, and became increasingly reliant on the spiritual aspect of being – my faith. I came to understand, know, and reevaluate my feelings about freedom – from ambivalence to passion.” Carol’s art conveys not only what she sees but what she feels.

Carol regularly receives awards from international, national, state, and local competitions. She works in watercolor with a keen interest in plein air (outdoor/on location) painting. In 2001, Carol illustrated and wrote her book “Al Baha Sketch Book,” a chronicle of visions and experiences in Saudi Arabia. She shows and works at the Rockport Center for the Arts and The Gallery of Rockport, and teaches classes in drawing and plein air painting. Carol has studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois State University, the Art Institute of San Antonio, and the Blackhawk Mountain School of Art in Colorado.  Click Here To View Carol Koutnik’s Website

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Known for her award-winning watermedia paintings that record her impressions of the Maya women in Guatemala’s colorful marketplaces, Jan’s paintings are pictorial tapestries layering observations and imagination, design elements, abstract motifs, and personal symbols. A graduate of Syracuse University with an MFA, Jan works full time as a professional artist, teacher, and juror. As a signature member of the renowned American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, and others, she is one of only 129 non-Chinese watercolorists world-wide, whose paintings were juried into the prestigious Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition 2013-2014. Her work has been juried into numerous important national and international exhibitions including the American Watercolor Society 2013, 2012, 2011 (and their Travel Show). Jan was listed as one of the best of the Contemporary Watercolor Masters in the Watercolor Artist Magazine (Feb. 2013), her paintings were featured in an article in American Artist (Winter 2007), Guatemala’s La Cuadra selected her work for the magazine’s cover along with a feature article (March 2012), and several of her paintings were included in the book The Creative Edge, Exercises to Celebrate Your Creative Self.

To view her paintings, visit www.janledbetter.com.

To see Jan’s Education, Signature Memberships, Publications, Recent Exhibitions & Awards click here.

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Susan Lewis lives in Rockport, Texas. She called to ask if she could put a group together that was “non-artist group”. We do several groups each year that are not art workshops but do not put them up on our web-site. We are making an exception in this case. Why? Because it is time that everybody knows that we just do a really great “travel experience”. Not only do our artists think they have been to heaven, but our non-artist travelers are absolutely “blown away” by the trips they have had. Anita and I (John) have been doing these trips for over three years now and given our experience and connection to Guatemala, and our commitment to making our trips “over the top”, we are happy to begin publicly offering this magical travel experience to non-artists also (families, groups of friends, travel clubs, bridge players, birders, garden clubs, etc.)

Accompanying Susan’s group…..Anita Rogers lived in Guatemala for 25 years, speaks Spanish, and was a collector of Maya weavings and Spanish Colonial antiques. She has been around the travel industry most of her life, as her family owns the beautiful Hotel Atitlán on Lake Atitlán in the Guatemala highlands. John Korte has traveled to Guatemala for the past 20 years. They understand local customs and business practices. They stay in the hotels, eat in the restaurants, and ride the transportation, personally experiencing every aspect of their workshop/tours. They know the “hidden treasures’ as well as the little bits of information only the locals know. Their experience, relationships, and knowledge of the country allow them to provide a worry-free, life enriching travel adventure.

When asked why she wanted to put a group together to go to Guatemala, Susan said: “I have always wanted to go to Guatemala…..my now 89 year old mother taught school in Guatemala City for several years when she was in her 20’s and she has always talked about it (I have some textiles from her time there). I have traveled with all of the girls signed up so far, mostly on shopping trips to the interior of Mexico (San Miguel, Guadalajara, Puebla, etc)….no I am not bilingual, but at least 3 in this group are. My friends love adventure and cultural experiences (we are very excited about All Saints Day) and most of them all know each other. I am glad you will be with us”! There are only a few spaces left. Come join Susan and her “girls” if you “just want to go”!

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Painting on location- ‘plein air’- and capturing the scene all at once-’alla prima’- has excited artists and collectors since the turn of the century. Jeanne Mackenzie joins a select group of artists that share their love of nature by capturing the moment from life.

Sharing her love of art and giving back to others the knowledge that has been shared with her, students find Jeanne an energetic, compassionate, and supportive instructor mixing solid basic fundamentals with energetic creativity. Her workshops are lively, fun, and most assuredly informative. The constant lesson is learning to ‘see’.

A Colorado resident and a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, Jeanne’s artwork has earned Merit Awards and shown at juried shows throughout the United States including the Oil Painters of America Show and Arts for the Parks-Top 100. Her paintings are featured in several fine art galleries in California, Colorado, and Arizona. She was been featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s Best of the West, International Artist Magazine-Master Artists and Delta Sky West Magazine. The Houston Museum of Natural History has chosen one of Jeanne’s pieces for a touring exhibition. She has been invited to instruct at the Denver Art Museum teaching color theory, composition, and painting.   Click Here To View Jeanne Mackenzie’s Website

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Her sensitivity creates art, her empathy creates artists.” Internationally acclaimed artist/instructor gail Mcdaniel says her students are her best advertising; “an intuitive painter of shadow and light, gail does things you may have never seen before! She encourages you to use these techniques YOUR way to expand YOUR style.” gail has taught emerging and professional watercolorists from around the world. She was invited by the Art in Provence program to conduct a workshop in Dieulefit, France and recently completed teaching stints/tours in England, Spain, Canada, and at historic Ghost Ranch, a landmark made famous by the late Georgia O’Keeffe. She has even painted in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France.

“I love teaching artists at all levels,” says Mcdaniel, a traditional watercolorist who is best known for her vibrant use of colors when depicting images from nature and real life. “I demonstrate the techniques, shortcuts, and concepts that I have developed or learned by doing, reading, or studying with others. I show my students everything I know, holding nothing back. My goal is to inspire them without making them feel overwhelmed.”

Mcdaniel’s breathtaking paintings are on exhibition in Middle Tennessee. In October 2006, she unveiled a new collection of watercolor paintings at the newly opened Elm Tree Gallery in Franklin. The luminous, reflective light of gail’s transparent watercolors has elevated her to the status of an award-winning artist and instructor. She has won awards in fourteen juried exhibitions and is featured in permanent displays and private collections. Through world travel and training, gail has become internationally recognized and is in constant demand for commission work.  Click Here To View gail Mcdaniel’s Website

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Steven Napper is known as a colorist in both landscape and portraiture, his masterful control of pastels has gained him international recognition. With his art being featured in numerous art publications and recognition on both CBS and PBS, his work is highly sought after. Signature membership in the prestigious Pastel Society of America since 1981, Portrait Society of America and most recently the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters has only enhanced the recognition of his artistic skills.

Over 30 years teaching in both public and private educational programs across this country has given Steven a wealth of experience to draw from. He has gained recognition for his workshops, and is noted for his patience in working with all levels of students, from the beginner to the professional. Strong emphasis is placed on having FUN, knowledge will be gained in pastel techniques, composition and point of interest.

“Steven Napper Fine Art” is gallery, home and studio for this artist, located in the Texas Hill Country and alongside the Guadalupe River in the small town of Ingram Texas.  Click Here To View Steven Napper’s Website

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Terry Gay Puckett is a native Texan and award-winning artist actively involved in the San Antonio art community. Terry Gay has led numerous workshops to Mexico and Guatemala as well as throughout her home state of Texas. She specializes in drawing, painting, mixed media, enameling, and collage. Among her interests are folk art, study of the Spanish language, and art and architecture of Pre-Columbian civilizations.

Terry Gay shares her sketching and painting techniques as well as tips for journaling and sketching “on the move” while conducting her travel workshops. Terry Gay is also an accredited instructor for T’ai Chi Chih and likes to encourage her students to join her in this “moving meditation” to circulate and balance ones cosmic energy.  Click Here To View Terry Gay Puckett’s Website

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Award winning artist Bess Ramsey visited Guatemala last year and found an “Artist’s Paradise”. She vowed to return. Bess is a multi-talented woman who wears many “hats”. She was a successful interior designer in Savannah, for many years, owning her own design business. The skills learned as a designer are evident in her work today. Having studied under many well known artists, in the summer of 2002, Bess decided to concentrate on her first love, painting. With an art background, this former Savannah College of Art and Design student has become a fulltime artist, showing and selling paintings in her own Studio One in The City Market Art Center of Savannah, Georgia. Her paintings hang in offices, homes, and private collections of patrons throughout the United States and abroad.

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Situated directly on the shores of Aransas Bay, Rockport Center for the Arts anchors the local art scene, which contributes to Rockport’s ranking among the 100 best small art towns in the country. Coastal Living magazine selected Rockport as one of the Top 10 Coastal Art Colonies in the United States.  In its forty first year, Rockport Center for the Arts holds one of the country’s largest outdoor art festivals, hosts 9 annual exhibits showcasing the work of regional, national and internationally acclaimed artists, offers gallery talks, a wide variety of painting and ceramic workshops, a performance series, a summer art camp for elementary school students, is a partner in the Rockport International Film Festival. With over 750 members from all over the United States, Rockport Center for the Arts provides creative experiences for a broad community.

Rockport Center for the Arts is pleased to have Diane Johnson, Art Center Board Member, hosting the 2010 Explore Guatemala Cultural/Art/Birding Tour.  Diane is a seasoned world traveler having recently returned from Thailand and Bhutan, with previous trips to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador and many U. S. destinations. Diane has a longtime interest in coastal art.  She is animated, curious, and adds life to all endeavors that she participates in.

Diane and her husband Al have a deep commitment to the environment. Their 840 acre ranch just north of Rockport, Texas adjoins the 54,000 acre Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. They have placed, in perpetuity, 240 acres of their ranch in a protected conservancy for a Whooping Crane family.  The Crane House, located on their ranch, hosts guests from all over the world who have an interest in birding, wildlife, and in coastal marsh lands.  Throughout the year, award-winning photographers travel to Crane House to capture stunning images.

Diane Johnson’s love of travel, intellectual curiosity and infectious sense of humor, ensure that Explore Guatemala travelers will meet a welcoming host on their tour.

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Marki Rowe

Marki Rowe has traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Guatemala. Guatemala is her favorite as it is the most vibrant and exciting. She fell in love with the rich colors, the folk art, and the textiles that are still hand woven and worn by most of the Mayan population today. The Spanish influence on architecture and design, blended with many other cultures offers up a landscape that she has found delightful.

Marki exported many weavings and textiles she purchased directly from the Maya for her retail store in Rockport, Texas after her first trip to Guatemala. The décor of her home is predominately influenced by the vibrant colors seen throughout the country and the folk art and weavings she has collected. She now resides in Corpus Christi, Texas where she is employed by a non-profit organization working with at risk families to prevent child abuse and neglect.

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Award winning and nationally acclaimed artist Pam Stanley was introduced to the wonderful world of art at age 5. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, where she studied for years at the famed Gibbs Art Gallery, she graduated from Texas A&I University and went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Education/Art at Corpus Christi State University. Pam has attended countless workshops of nationally recognized watercolorists.

Pam’s paintings have been accepted into art competitions and have won awards in the United States as well as Internationally. She is a Signature Member of the Texas Watercolor Society. In 2004 Pam’s work received national recognition as one of her paintings was selected for North Light Books publication “Splash 8” – Watercolor Discoveries. Most recently her work was selected again for their upcoming 2008 publication “Splash 10” – Passionate Strokes.

Pam has taught art for the past fifteen years in her Corpus Christi, Texas home studio, and also conducts area workshops. She says she loves every minute of sharing all she knows about art with her students. “Memories of the Carolina coast, living on the Texas coast with all its beauty, experiencing the intriguing shapes and shadows of the Texas hill country, have all inspired me to put down what I remember on paper. I’m “at home” creating, and enjoy experimenting with bright colors and strong contrasts. Painting has enriched my life and completes who I am.”

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Betsy Dillard Stroud, a born Virginian, resides in Scottsdale, AZ. The Eastern upbringing and the spirit of the West and Southwest infuse her work. She states, “As a painter, color is my language, my brush is my voice, and my finished painting is my testimony.” Betsy was educated at Stuart Hall Episcopal Girls School in Staunton, VA. She received her B.A. from Radford College and her M.A. in history from the University of Virginia where she was the first woman in the graduate arts program. She had just completed the course work for her doctorate and her orals in art history when she wrote her first book, Coming Higher-Going Hence.

Stroud is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society, former president of the Southwestern Watercolor Society, and Life Member and Royal Scorpion of the Arizona Watercolor Association. She is a member of The 22 “x30” Watercolor Critique Group in Scottsdale.

One of the most prolific writers, painters, and jurors in the country, Betsy Dillard Stroud is the winner of 22 awards, has had 22 one-woman exhibitions of her work, and has exhibited in over 140 invitational, joint, and competitive national and regional shows. A highly respected workshop teacher and juror since 1987, she teaches painting workshops nationally and locally at the Scottsdale Artists’ School and the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix. Also a professional writer, Betsy has written several books including Painting from the Inside Out. She served as Associate Editor of North America for International Artist Magazine (1998-2001) and is a frequent contributor to many art magazines including International Artist Magazine, American Artist magazine, Southwest Art magazine, Watercolor, and Watercolor Magic. She is a CTM member of the Park Central Toastmasters, Phoenix, AZ.   Click Here To View Betsy Dillard Stroud’s Website

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Voted one of the top 100 landscape painters in the United States By the editors of “Artist’s Magazine”, Ann Templeton’s style and enthusiasm are rapidly winning her awards all over the country. An Internationally recognized artist and a major force in the field of oil painting, she has been published in American Artist Magazine, the Texas Artists’ Magazine, “Focus – Santa Fe”, and has produced the Art Instructional Videos: “Color Theory”, “All about the Landscape”, and “Design and Competition”.

Known for her brilliant oil and pastel landscapes, Ann looks for good designs in nature. An oil/pastel-conceptual impressionist, she describes her paintings as “symbolic expressions”. Her talent, experience, and personal commitment to excellence is evidenced by her invitations to many juried competitions and shows including the Allied Artists of America, Knickerbocker USA, Carlsbad Museum in New Mexico, the New Mexico State Capitol “Governors Gallery Exhibition”, Southwest Impressions, Knickerbocker New York, the Northwest Pastel Society, and many others around the country.

During her 34 years of painting, Ann has been honored with memberships in such prestigious organizations as the Pastel Society of America, Knickerbocker Society, Oil Painters of America, Allied Artists of America, and Women in the Arts, among others.   Click Here To View Ann Templeton’s Website

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As an early pioneer in the workshop field, Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S., organized world-wide workshops taught by artists whose work he admired; his idols John Pike, Edgar A. Whitney, Robert E. Wood, Tom Hill, Milford Zornes, and Rex Brandt became his mentors in art. Combining his own, innate ability with what he learned in the years he worked with these “master artists”, van Hasselt embarked on a life’s passion of passing these artistic skills on to others. The American Artists publication, Watercolor, featured this virtual “icon of the painting workshop” in a ten-page article titled “Looking Back on 40 Years of Workshops” (A free reprint is available on request).

Tony van Hasselt’s ability to graphically explain problems and solutions as they arise during a demonstration, combined with his energetic and enthusiastic teaching style, have made him a highly popular and sought after instructor, appreciated for his empathy with student struggles. He “has been there”, has gone through the same frustrations and tries not to forget those normal stages in one’s artistic development.

As an elected member of the American Watercolor Society, van Hasselt’s paintings have graced the covers of the Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Magic. He has been featured in Southwest Art, American Artist, Australian Artist, and other publications. Tony first wrote “A Studio Visit”, followed by “Outdoor Watercolor Workshop”. He is the co-author of “Painting with the White of Your Paper” as well as “The Watercolor Fix-It Book”, featuring his renowned visual reminder system “The Building Blocks of Painting”, which is taught on all his workshops. He has made several popular instructional videos and his work is included in nine other art instruction books.   Click Here To View Tony van Hasselt’s Website

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Chris Van Wyk

Chris Van Wyk, is the owner of Village Weavers in La Villita on the Riverwalk of San Antonio, Texas. Village Weavers began in 1987 as a weaving school and yarn shop. Very soon after opening, Southwest School of Arts and Crafts took over the weaving school, and Village Weavers became a retail shop with emphasis on handmade and especially hand-woven work. This well known shop specializes in “one of a kind”,  hand crafted art to wear; it features the work of weavers and other artisans from the school and throughout the United States, Latin America, and other corners of the globe. A vast collection of exotic handmade objects are available for gifts and décor as well. Chris says “Village Weavers is packed to the rafters with goods from every corner of Guatemala. I love everything from there, what’s not to love”?

Chris’ deep love for all things textile, handmade, and historic, make traveling to Guatemala a perfect opportunity for her to revel in the beautiful hand work she buys and sells daily. As importantly, it provides an opportunity for her to bring travelers to these magical lands, to visit some of the most inspiring and beautiful landscape in the Americas.

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Designer, teacher, watercolor artist, rancher and inventor, Gayle Weisfield could easily be described as the “Renaissance Woman” of the Columbia River Gorge.

  • She has designed houses, restaurants, theaters, menus, and graphics.
  • Gayle teaches her watercolor techniques at workshops in Hawaii, San Miguel, Mexico, Cannon Beach, Oregon, the California coast, The Dalles Art Center in Oregon, and soon will instruct in beautiful Guatemala, Central America.
  • She is a realistic landscape artist who captures the feel of the northwest landscape with a fresh, direct, bold wet in wet technique. Strong design and negative value patterns are her trademark.
  • Born in Ogden Utah, Gayle moved with her family to Lyle, Washington in the 60’s. Growing up on a ranch overlooking Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge, she developed a deep love for country life, and the beautiful scenery of the area. She now lives on and is resurrecting the family ranch.
  • Inventor of the BogaBoard™ Watercolor Paper Stretcher, a revolutionary way to prepare paper for watercolor. Gayle wanted a stretcher board that was easy to use, would save time, and would eliminate the aggravation associated with most other techniques. She wanted it to be a pleasure, not a chore, to stretch paper. So, she had to create it herself.

A student of life, Gayle attended the University of Washington and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She spent the next year touring Europe on a motor scooter. There, she continued to paint while having an opportunity to study the art and architecture of the great masters.  Click Here To View Gayle Weisfield’s Website

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DeeDee Woodbury is a weaver trained by craftsmen to be a craftsman. She began weaving in 1972 in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she took courses at the University and the weaver’s guild. Her interest in textile traditions led her to travel and study in Guatemala and Mexico. She learned the art of backstrap weaving in Guatemala with a Quiche Indian woman in San Lucas Toliman, Lake Atitlán. Later, DeeDee learned 18th century American production weaving techniques with a master weaver from Scotland. DeeDee lives in Houston, Texas where she has her own company (ShuttleWorks) for marketing her weaving software, WEAVE for Windows. She is the current President of Contemporary Handweavers of Houston. Her articles have appeared in Handwoven Magazine and her work has been recognized with numerous local and national awards.

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Brook Rosser lives in San Antonio Texas and is a painter and Professor of Communication Design at San Antonio College. Brook received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from Texas Tech University. Brook’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions as well as juried shows. Brook’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions as well as juried shows, and have been acquired for several private and corporate collections. Her mixed media paintings seek to reflect love, challenges, and dreams, blending both private and mythic images. Brook’s love of color and folk art is evident in her work. Click here to view Brook’s website.

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