Meet Our Instructors

Acton, Mary

Mary studied art and elementary education and has a masters degree in Gifted Education. She took Ukrainian Egg Dying classes from the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. Mary currently resides in northwest Indiana, where she participates in regional art fairs and teaches adult and children's classes to enthusiastic reviews at the Chesterton Art Center. Creating traditional and unique designs on eggs of all sizes is a magic she loves to share.

Agresti, Francesco

Francesco’s paintings and drawings are exhibited in collections in Germany, Russia, Italy, U.S.A, and other locations. Francesco was born in Italy and spent his childhood there before moving to New York in 1956. He earned a Master’s degree of Fine Arts and a professorship at national and international universities. He enjoyed his first success as an emerging artist together with Sean Scully, Len Bellinger and David Reed. Francesco moved back to his home in Italy, where he keeps a studio and pursues his passion for painting. In Italy, he taught at a university and enjoys tending his beloved olive garden.

Argandona, Augusto

With degrees in Fine Art and Industrial Design, Augusto has practiced design, all the while pursuing his love for painting. Following a career change in 1990, he devoted his life to painting, primarily with watercolors. Argandoña has over 20 years of experience teaching watercolor painting to adults. He is a member of the FWS and signature member of the FSWS. His art is part of private, corporate and public collec-tions and has won many awards.

Aylsworth, Lynn Nelsen

Lynn has been a member of the Hudson Valley Art Association since 1999 and has shown in many juried shows. She has won awards at the Salmagundi Club, American Artist’s Professional League National Show, Catherine Lorilland Wolf Show for Women Artists sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kent Art Association, the Ridgewood Art Institute, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the Newark Museum. Her work was featured in American Artist Magazine twice. She has been presented by many galleries throughout the United States and her work is in many private and corporate collections.

Baxter, Julie

Julie is a lifetime and award winning potter. Her teaching career has been with the Arlington County, Virginia, Depart-ment of Parks, Recreation & Community Resources. She taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced wheel throwing classes and workshops on surface decoration. She also taught children's hand building classes at Arlington County Elementary School. Julie was a member of Grey House Pot-ters, in Arlington, Virginia and the Kiln Club of Washington. Julie’s undergraduate degree is in ceramics and she has tak-en many workshops over the years to enhance her skills and further her education.

Braukman, Mary Alice

Mary Alice Braukman’s joy is making art.  “I simply must do art . . . It’s who I am. Mary Alice believes our day contains a great measure of freedom. Your responsibility as a painter is here within the walls of the studio and in the setting of the landscape. You have the opportunity to exercise genuine mastery at every step, and it is in this spirit I hope you will reflect on the blank surface or canvas that lies in front of you as you begin to create. I will show one way to break a block or just find new ways of making art. I believe you should make art more from the “heart,” and less from the “head.” I’m not saying don’t think about your color or design, but really pour your feelings into your pieces and always think “what if.” Working intuitively, but within predetermined parameters.…

Buchman, Bill

Painter, educator, and author, Bill Buchman studied early on with distinguished teachers and has been an active artist for over 50 years. Bill spent 20 of those creative years in Europe, after which, in 2001, he established his studio in Sarasota. Bill leads insightful workshops on creativity, abstraction and figure drawing and has authored five popular and innovative DVDs and the drawing instruction book, “Expressive Figure Drawing”. Bill has been teaching, inspiring, and empowering aspiring artists locally and nationally for the last two decades. Website: www.figuredrawing.org

Canner FSWS, Suzanne

Suzanne’s works display an eclectic blend ranging from the traditional to the sublime, which appeals to a wide variety of art lovers. She captures her sense of place and nature, with free expression of color, using watercolor, acrylic, alcohol ink, encaustic and pastel. Suzanne brings joy as an artist into her mixed media paintings, abstract works, impressionistic paintings and portraits.

Cassidy, Marilyn

Marilyn has a B.A. in Sociology and an M.S. in Education. She taught in the Albany City Schools in New York State. She moved to Florida in 1990 and worked in Early Education in Sarasota. She has studied with several local and nationally known artists. Her goal is to share her collected knowledge with others who are honing their artistic skills; who want to have fun and to discover a wonderful pastime.

Chencharick, Diane

Diane has a long background in the arts, as a graphic designer, art director, creative director and a watercolor artist. She is known for her strong use of color and keen sense of design. Her award-winning abstracts have been shown in many galleries and exhibitions. She has mentored numerous artists, developing their creativity, honing their design skills and teaching effective use of contrast and color. Her specialty is helping artists overcome self-limiting behaviors that keep them stuck in old patterns. www.deepwatergallery.com

Cirillo, Lynne

Lynne is a self-taught jewelry designer and artist. From Delaware, she loves all types of art and designing, though making jewelry is her favorite. Her first bracelet was on a bead-loom. She started wire wrapping when she moved to Florida twelve years ago by wire wrapping shells into pendants. She’s taught at local bead shops and groups. She has won jewelry contests, has been a featured artist on wire worker guild, and is working on a jewelry book.

Coke, Joanna

Joanna’s previous careers were as a graphic designer and fashion designer. She acquired academic degrees from Harvard Univ. an Associates, from Univ. South Florida Bachelor of Science in Art Education and Fine Arts, Painting and from Louisiana State University, Master of Fine Arts, Painting. Joanna established her arts studio in Nokomis, Florida in 2005. She recently exhibited her artworks in London, New York, and Berlin. Joanna also judges shows and demonstrates nationally at watercolor conventions throughout the U.S. www.joannacoke.com

Colby, Nancy

Nancy was voted Best Pet Portrait Artist by Sarasota Magazine. Clients and awards abound for Nancy’s work. Her God-given ability has allowed her to continually achieve top honors for her paintings. She is a 2-­term Past President of Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and a member of the International Society of Feline Artists. Work can be seen in her studio by appointment and at Cat Depot in Sarasota, Florida. Her “it’s only paper” approach makes her a popular instructor.

Concepcion, Diane & Booth, Asia

Asia Booth and Diane Concepcion are mosaic artists that run a studio in Ft Pierce, Florida. They love the versatility of mosaic art. They will share the ins and outs of cutting glass, selection of adhesives, design and much more, Their classes are informative and fun. Initially self taught but went on to study with some of the best mosaic masters in the community. They have garnered a wealth of insight from their years of teaching this ancient art.

DeRice, Julie

Julie DeRice and her husband retired from owning and operating a real estate development company in Maine to the Nokomis area in 2001. In 2009 she decided to pursue a love of art and started taking acrylic classes. In 2013 she signed with Sundance Graphics. Her coastal art is sold in furniture and home décor stores across the U.S. Julie loves to encourage those who think they could never paint and wants to help others build a passion.

Dorian, Nancy

Nancy Dorian is a fiber artist residing in Northampton Massachusetts with a degree in Interior Design and Fine Arts minor in Ceramics. Her company Now & ZEN, art to wear, emerged from the belief that joy comes from doing what you love. Pottery, stained glass, and jewelry are a few of her mediums, but she now works primarily with fiber. Nancy has taught fiber arts in many venues including Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival, New England Felting Supply, WEBS, Snow Farm, Holyoke Community College, Fletcher Farm School for the arts and craft and Bead + Fiber. She creates one-of-a-kind artwear using hand-painted silks and gossamer Nuno Felting techniques. Her work has been spotlighted in The Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Republican and Preview Massachusetts Magazine and can be found at galleries and boutiques throughout the northeast. Find out more about her at www.nancydorian.com

Espinosa, Josephina

Josephina studied at the Institut de Bellos Arts in Colombia, South America. She went on to teach both children and adults a wide range of media including drawing, painting, glass fusion, and stained glass. Her work is known throughout the world.

Freund, Jane

By embellishing her clay pieces with a wide array of found objects, Jane Freund elevates the basic pinch pot to a distinctive — and expressive — art form. Originally a wheel thrower, she switched exclusively to hand building many years ago and has developed advanced pinching methods that are both organic and elegant. Jane has exhibited widely at galleries and in juried shows. She shares her techniques at workshops and classes in both Pittsburgh and Sarasota. 

Harshberger, Wayne

Stone Sculptor, Wayne’s career began as a stone mason where he learned how to handle stone, to recognize the potential fracture lines, and to bring out the beauty of each stone. As an award winning artist involved in art shows and fairs, teaching workshops keeps me attuned to the procedure and process. Showing how to handle alabaster stone and tools so each student can complete a piece is my goal.

Heart, Nancy

Working in three dimensions has been Nancy’s passion since high school. Her love of creating clay sculptures and teaching combine to make her “one happy camper.” Her student’s success and very busy classes support her enthusiasm and willingness to share her knowledge of sculpture techniques. After a successful 25-year career as a clinical social worker, working with children and adults, Nancy has found her niche continuing her art full time and teaching in Venice. “Life is Good!”

Hornbeck, DeLana

After earning her MFA & ED from Syracuse University and her MFA from Kutztown University in PA; DeLana taught art in the Bethlehem public schools for seventeen years. In 1979, she established her own small studio ceramic business. She is known for her crystalline glazed porcelains and has been collected internationally. DeLana co-founded and coordinated two community-focused groups to further the knowledge and appreciation of the fine crafts: The Hidden Treasures Studio Tour and The Potters Exchange.

Keck, Alan

Fifty years experience on potters wheel. Made a living for 10 years as production potter, Masters degree in Art Education. Taught all levels of ceramics and glassblowing at Emporia High School in Emporia, Kansas. Last ten years as Department Chair.

Kelly, Patricia

Pat has worked as a studio potter for over 35 years. She is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology in Graphic Arts with post-graduate study at the School for American Craftsmen, where she studied with potters Franz Wildenhaim and Jim Seacreast. Her work has sold in specialty shops, Dean and Delucca and Tiffany’s of New York City. She has been featured in House and Garden, Home Beautiful and Country Living. Her work is in private collections in the U.S. and Japan.

Knutson, Karen

Primarily a water-media artist, Karen is constantly changing and growing as an artist. Her inquisitive nature has served her well in her career, and made her a better artist. By asking “Why did that happen?”, she doesn’t rely on “happy accidents”, but instead makes them happen on purpose. Karen attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and currently lives in Minneapolis, MN. She thoroughly loves teaching watercolor and collage, and teaches workshops nationwide. Her workshops are filled with techniques to make painting fun and easy.

Larisch, Linda

Linda is the fourth generation of artists from a multicultural background. She has been painting for the past 40 years, had over 30 one-woman shows, and has been represented by various galleries in the US and Mexico. Her medium is acrylic paint on canvas. Her style ranges from realistic to abstract. She was an educator for pre-school children with delays and taught middle school here in Florida as well as art classes at several venues in the area.

Maria, Gary

Gary received his BFA from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania in 1976, then studied at the Art Students League of New York, the School of Visual Arts, and NYU during the late 1970s and 1980s. He worked in NYC as a graphic designer and illustrator in book publishing, then as a fine art print colorist at Mill Pond Press in Venice. His work aspires to the craftsmanship and traditions of nineteenth century academic realism.

Marshall, Frederica

Frederica Marshall, Master Brush Painter, artist, teacher and researcher, lived in Japan for 28 years. She received a B.F.A. in Painting from Miami University in Ohio and an M.A. in Art Education from Michigan State University. She currently resides in Deer Isle, Maine. In Japan, she explored western painting styles with Michiro Mori and studied Sumi-e (Asian Brush Painting) for 10 years with Grace Yen. She has also studied Sumi-e techniques with Yang Chan, Li Dongfeng, and Leigh Wen. She has exhibited in Japanese venues and galleries since 1973, including the Takumi Gallery, the Mikimoto Pearls Gallery, the Okinawa Civic Center and the International Ocean Exposition in Motubu. Her Sumi-e paintings were featured in a solo show at the U.S. Naval Gallery in Yokosuka. Frederica’s works have been selected for numerous national exhibitions in the United States, such as those sponsored by the National Sumi-e Society at the Tweed Museum…

Marucci, Debbie

For over 30 years, Debbie has been making and marketing her art throughout the country in juried art festivals, after obtaining a BFA from YSU + Post Grad classes at Kent State. She taught art in the Youngstown Schools before moving to Venice 20 years ago. Her paintings and     sculpture reflect her love of color and design. She hopes to inspire others through sharing her enthusiasm for the creative process. www.dmaruccidesigns.com

McCullough, Heather

Heather is a physician and watercolor artist who began her study of art at the Venice Art Center in the 1990’s, and then continued for many years with Herbie Rose at his studio in Bradenton. She is an enthusiastic plein air painter of landscapes and figures. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Art Center, Venice Theater and Community Center. She enjoys teaching, glad for the opportunity to share the gift of painting with others.

Meyer, Katrina

Katrina, from Toledo, Ohio, became fascinated with minerals, gemstones and jewelry after a career in Ohio and Maryland as a secondary and adult education teacher and administrator. Beginning in 1996, she studied wire-craft jewelry making at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Georgia and in private sessions with internationally known master wire artists. She sells her award-winning designs at area art shows and has taught wire jewelry making since 2001.

Palmer, Jeanne

Jeanne has been a fulltime potter for over 25 years; having owned and operated a pottery school and gallery near Buffalo, NY for 12 years. Her education includes: Bachelor of Arts/Ceramics from S.U.N.Y. at Fredonia, Post graduate Glaze Chemistry at S.U.N.Y. Alfred, Art & Education Graduate studies at University of Colorado at Boulder, and Studio Concentration at Penland School of Crafts, NC. Jeanne has shared enthusiasm for her craft having taught classes at many art centers and retreats. Palmer Pottery is well recognized in the area as she exhibits at fine art shows and local galleries.

Platte, Roxcy

Roxcy Platte is an award-winning artist who has been sketching and painting all her life. Especially known for lively portraits and charming street scenes, she captures subjects quickly and brings that spontaneity to her classes. Her students learn how to see the world around them through the magic of light and shadow, color, shape and the use of negative space. Her classes are not to be missed.

Ploughe, Susan

Susan Ploughe (Ploughe rhymes with blue) is an award winning painter and an enthusiastic instructor who loves helping people develop their skills. Her workshops include a ton of information, lots of practical exercises, and plenty of laughter. She teaches in Venice only once a year! Susan is experienced in studio and plein air work. She is a Signature Member of both the American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America. Susan’s artwork is in private and corporate collections, and she has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector and International Artist magazines. See her paintings at www.susanploughe.com.

Radomski, Michael

Michael Radomski has had an advertising career as an art director and photographer. He earned a BFA at Kutztown University and is classically trained in “wet” darkroom techniques. He now specializes in digital fine arts photography: Color, B&W and post-processing applications. Photography is an adventure. “Look small, you’ll discover a new way of seeing the subtle details of our natural world.” His work has been shown in galleries, museums and is contained in private collections.

Rogers, Janet

Janet Rogers, AWS, has been a working professional artist for over 32 years, and is a nationally recognized instructor, conducting workshops throughout the United States as well as Europe, and has achieved Signature Member Status in the American Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society, as well as others, winning many awards for her paintings. As well as a national Instructor, she has demonstrated extensively for various groups and exhibitions and has won many awards over the years for her sensitive portrayal of women and children. Four instructional DVDs have been filmed on Janet’s work. Also she has been in published articles featuring her portraits and flowers, and is in the book “The One Hour Watercolorist”. Her demos can also be seen on You Tube. Artist’s Statement: “I love the qualities of watercolor – it's fluid nature. To me, the interaction of artist with the medium is like a dance – full…

Roggenburg, Linda

As a child, Linda began painting Sumi ink paintings and chalk pastel landscapes. As an adult, she studied art and architecture at the University of Oregon, where she earned a Master of Architecture degree, becoming both a designer of houses and a professional working artist on the Oregon Coast. Her watercolors capture scenes in an easy, loose, impressionistic style. Linda says that she isn't a "fine" artist but a FUN artist.

Rosall, Judith

Judi Rosall is the creative director at WildCherry Studio in Venice, FL, and a 20+ years, professional Fine Art Photographer. She has shown her work in numerous solo art gallery shows in Denver/Boulder, Colorado. Judi shoots with a DSLR digital camera and the iPhone and works with a wide variety of subjects, including the human figure, seascapes, wildlife and landscapes. Judith has a B.S. degree in Journalism/Photo Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Rose, Nancy

Art training since age eleven, Nancy is a professional award-winning artist, listed in “Who’s Who for American Art.” Rose has exhibited at New Britain Museum of American Art and is a juried member of Connecticut Watercolor Society and Women Contemporary Artists. As an Individualized learning specialist who taught teens with disabilities, Nancy began taking this approach to the art classroom. A nurturing teacher with enthusiasm and optimism that is contagious, she encourages students to paint as unique individuals.

Rouleau, Joseph

Joseph Rouleau is a freelance illustrator and portraiture artist originally hailing from Littleton Massachusetts and based in Venice, FL. He received his BFA in illustration/ design from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and specializes in pen and ink and watercolors. He particularly loves drawing giant monsters and other staples of the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres.

Schadler, Peggy

After 15 years as a free lance artist in Washington D.C., P.J. Schadler began 30 years teaching fine arts and crafts to adults and children, as Arts Director for the Military in MD, PA and in Italy. She expanded her love of fibers, batik, and abstract painting, studying with several renowned artists in Europe and the U.S. She loves combining media and techniques with nature, photographs and found objects. She believes art is a journey.

Scorola, Vito-Leonardo

Vito-Leonardo is an accomplished artist and educator. He has over four decades of experience teaching a wide range of undergraduate and graduate level visual art college courses with a passion for Portraiture and Figure Drawing and Painting. As an award winning artist he has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum, Art Renewal Museum, Museum of NYSL, and his work has been acclaim by the American Portrait Society. He holds a MFA from CSULB, a BA from SUNY, & an AA from St. Gregory’s.

Smith, Frances

Frances Smith has been a freelance artist in Venice for over 40 years. She attended Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and Ringling College of Art, specializing in acrylic, watercolor and pastel - with extensive work in stained glass, calligraphy, and Public Art and wall murals - both indoors and out. Frances has taught both children and adult art classes and exhibited locally and nationally, winning numerous awards for her work.

Soileau, Hodges

  Hodges had a successful illustration career which lasted more than twenty five years. His art graced the covers of more than 300 books. He worked for most of the major publishing houses in New York. Hodges was a 23 year member of the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York. During this time, he received many citations of merit for work exhibited in annual shows. He was selected to do the painting for the 29th calls for entries, and chaired the 35th Annual Exhibition. After years of executing ideas and concepts for others, he presently paints subjects that are of personal interest. He was a finalist in the 2001 and 2002 Artists Magazine Competition. He received an award of excellence in the 2004 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition. He received an award of excellence in the 2006 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, and he received a…

Tilson, Linda

Beginning with a BS in Textiles plus Education from Texas Tech, Linda has been a teacher, a commercial textiles and clothing designer and entrepreneur. For the past 20 years she has been a textile artist, creating one-of-a-kind garments and accessories which she sells at fine craft/ fine art shows, including ACC, Lincoln Center, NYC, and some juried Florida shows. Venice is her home and Linda enjoys sharing her passion for working with colors and designs on fabric.

Turconi, Sue

Sue Turconi received a M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N. Y. Her work is included in the public collections of City Hall. here in Venice, N.J. State Museum in Trenton and the Newark Museum also in N.J. Her work is included in many private collections throughout the world. Sue also teaches Art History at State College of Florida. See full resume on the member’s pages of the Florida Artist Group also known as FLAG: www.floridaartistgroup.org.

Vincent, Holly

Holly thrives on color, lighting and texture. Her BS is in textiles from Cornell University. Health Record Administration was her professional career in Minnesota. As a Florida resident, she has been studying drawing with graphite, ink and color pencil. In Venice, she has been teaching color pencil drawing since 2013. She enthusiastically shares her experience and knowledge of color pencil tools and techniques. Holly’s art reveals her enjoyment and interpretation of our natural world.

Vogel, Marianne

Marianne Vogel is a Fiber Artist who currently exhibits her work nationally and teaches in the Southwest Florida area. Her philosophy in the classroom is to enjoy the discovery of a new creative process and to have fun sharing this learning experience with other students. 

Webber, Amy

Amy graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communicative Arts and holds a certificate in Architecture. Her experience includes over 20 years’ in commercial art, 15 years in residential architecture, and over 30 years as a professional artist. Her award-winning artwork reflects the beauty observed in nature. Amy is a ceramic artist, designing decorative and commissioned art. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Webster, Lynn

Lynn Webster, Professor Emeritus, The College of Idaho Lynn received a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.F.A. from Northwestern University. Additional studies include Kungl Konst Academie in Stockholm and a Fulbright. Lynn's work is in various private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago. Lynn recently exhibited work at Art Center Sarasota. Lynn moved to Florida three years ago from Idaho.

Whitmore, Caroline

Caroline began oil painting in an adult education course in the Hudson River Valley, NY. She studied with noted artists (Lee Hochberg, George Peter, Robert Gary, P.J. Steadman, Richard Ochs), becoming a very effective and well-rounded artist/teacher. Her love of nature and the desire to perpetuate moods that are “pleasant and romantic” led her to floral and garden paintings. Her work is in private collections in the New York area, and she has done many commissioned pieces.

Wilcox, Susan

Painting is one of the greatest joys of my life. I consistently use the gift that I have been given while striving to improve my technique and bring joy to others with my work. Susan studied in Buffalo, NY and earned a BS and MS in Art Education.

Winter, Norma

Norma is a Professional Artist/Educator, recipient of Woman of the Year 2011–12 plaque from NAPW for demonstrating excellence and dedication in her profession. She is a supporter of the arts in Mentor, Madison, Ohio, Fonda and Adirondack, NY, Wellington, WPB and Venice, Florida. Literacy and artist in residence Volunteer in Venice Florida and a Member and Officer for Toastmaster’s International. Norma taught in Ohio, New York, and Venice, Florida, including her own Norma Albertha Studio Gallery in Madison Village, Ohio.

Yash, Debbie

I am a full-time artist living in Venice, Florida. My art focuses on imagination, expressive uses of color, and design. Major media are transparent and opaque watercolors along with inks. I have studied painting and drawing at the Ringling, Venice Art Center, and Art and Frame of Sarasota. My approach is to offer a hospitable and friendly environment, respecting each person's knowledge and creativity, while sharing techniques and information.