Venice Art Center Instructors

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.

Bateman, Jenni

With a creative curiosity, it’s no wonder Bateman works at the intersection of art and design. Her work is described by one curator as “having a lyrical style”. Multi-faceted, Bateman works in watercolors, acrylics, and is noted for pushing the edge in textile design. Her work has found the judge’s favor in exhibits nationwide. With an energetic, integrated approach to teaching, she regularly conducts workshops across the country, and supports many notable charity events for children with special needs.

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.

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.

Gilmer, Judy

Judy has been making art since she was a child and made critters from clay dirt, drawing on her school papers (which her primary teachers did not appreciate) . Music, nature and travel inspire her artwork. She responds to the surface as she creates and through this inter-nal dialogue, she works until she is willing to share her painting with the collective art world. While this process of painting can produce a very fresh painterly outcome, it may create a beautiful surface with a long history that peeks through the surface and creates depth.

Golden, Sheila

Sheila Golden has worked in fine art for over 30 years, being included in a women's art calendar and exhibiting in New York City, San Francisco and Santa Fe, NM. Her watercolors are in Sarasota's Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy. She has a BA in Fine Art from Sonoma State University and has studied with noted artists Barbara Nechis, Robert Burridge and Wolf Kahn. With her art in private and corporate collections, she enjoys sharing the magic of watercolors.

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!”

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.

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

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 has been a working professional artist for overt 35 years, and has achieved Signature Status in The American Watercolor Society, The Florida Watercolor Society, South Carolina Watercolor Society and others. She has garnered many awards over the years for her sensitive paintings of people which are spontaneous, direct, and expressive. Janet shares easily with others her passion and joy for the fluid and unexpected nature of watercolor. Her workshops and demonstrations featuring impressions of people and also flowers are very popular across the United States, Canada, and in Europe. Her new ONLINE WORKSHOPS ARE A POPULAR ALTERNATIVE IN THIS AGE OF COVID 19. ….. Four instructional and inspiring DVDs - “Expressive Watercolor Florals”, “Expressive Watercolor Portraits”, “Watercolor Rhythms with Figures”, and “Expressing the Bouquet in Watercolor” are also available. Janet also has been featured in watercolor painting videos on You Tube., as well as a delightful new Interview…

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.

Scorola, Vito-Leonardo

Vito-Leonard Scarola is an accomplished artist and educator. As an award-winning artist Mr. Scarola has been included in exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum, Art Renewal Art Museum, Museum of New York Society of Illustrators, San Bernardino County Museum, The Laguna Beach Museum and his work has been acclaimed by the American Portrait Society among others.He has over four decades of experience as a college professor teaching a wide range of undergraduate and graduate level visual art courses.  Mr. Scarola holds an MFA degree from California State University Long Beach, a BA from the State University of New York and an AA From St. Gregory’s University.

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 2007…

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.

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.