Our Award Winning Instructors
Alison L. Baker graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BFA in Studio Art. Her concentration in Studio Art included Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. Also certified in Art Education, Alison taught in West Shore School District for 24 years. She is experienced in teaching design principles with a variety of media, from batik to ceramics to colored pencil and more. Although Alison works with various media, her watercolor is most familiar. Her work reflects a love for nature and the outdoors. Her artwork is exhibited and sold locally.
KATHLEEN BECKER, an art educator with over 25 years of experience, is new to the York area. She received a degree in Art Education from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and a Master’s in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh, NY. She taught art to elementary children in Colorado, New York, and Pennsylvania, receiving the Outstanding Educator Award for the Montoursville Area School District in 2013. Studying watercolor since the age of 16 at Silver Bay YMCA on Lake George, NY, she is now the lead instructor for the watercolor classes and continues to teach each summer. On occasion, she teaches watercolor for the Roads Scholar program. Kathy continues to study painting at the York Art Association and participates in exhibitions there.
GLENN E. BLUE grew up in a family of artists in the suburbs of Philadelphia. His parents were art teachers for numerous schools districts and adult classes, so he learned art at a very early age. By his teenage years Glenn was selling paintings professionally. Over the following thirty plus years, Glenn has trained in fine arts and shown in countless local, regional, and international shows. Glenn has travelled to numerous places in Europe painting and collecting art. He has taken classes from Joseph Zbukvic, Alvaro Castagnet, Nita Engle, David Taylor, Gregg Allen, Tony Couch and others. Glenn has painted loose glowing representational watercolors on his many plein air painting trips. He has painted in Venice, Sienna, Pienza, Tuscany, Rome, Florence, Bellagio, Cinque Terra, Portofino, Naples, Salzburg and Innsbruck Austria, Prague in the Czech Republic and many places throughout the United States. His works have been shown in several galleries and he has been the subject of many newspaper articles. Glenn currently has paintings on display in his own gallery space at the Marketview Arts Center, York PA and in the Chadds Ford Gallery, in Chadds Ford PA.
REBECCA BRODBECK has a Bachelor’s Degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA in Art Education. She currently works as a freelance soft goods designer for multiple juvenile products companies. She resides in Dover, PA, with her husband Paul and children Andrew and Regina. She has taught children’s classes at YAA for multiple years and looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for art with children. Her favorite mediums are watercolor, pen and ink, and collage.
BARBARA PILLETTE BUCHANAN is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She has exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, and has created illustrations for Reader’s Digest Great Book series, The Bon Ton and Pfaltzgraff. She has won many national and regional awards and her work is in private and corporate collections along the East Coast. Barbara’s and her husband Robert’s work can be viewed at Garth Gallery in Columbia, PA.
Michele Byrne is recognized for her figurative plein air work and in recent years for her dynamic palette knife paintings.
She lives and works in Reading, Pennsylvania. However, she travels extensively, painting in various locations including, Manhattan, Paris, California, Colorado and Key West, Florida. Michele was a Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual PleinAir Convention in Monterey, CA in April of 2014.
Byrne has won numerous awards in her plein air and studio work including most recently an Award of Excellence with the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters in 2016. Painting in plein air is not just a passion for Michele it is a dedication. The artist must make decisions about time of day, direction of light and inclusion of figures despite that in front of you everything is changing. The decisions allow the artist to paint dynamically with light and air as a part of the final image.
“Painting plein air allows me to create a more fluid diary of the ever-changing activity of a café or street scene or beach scene.”
Michele’s new instructional video was released through Liliedahl Productions in 2017 titled Painting Impressionistic Figures.
Two books of her paintings are published and she is working on a third book. The titles of the published books are: The Art of Conversation with an introduction by Constance Battle MD.; The Art of Conversation: Manhattan with an introduction by Meredith Lewis. Michele has also had her works included in sales at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia and she is a nominated member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC, a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America.
Byrne’s work was featured in an eight-page article written by Steve Doherty in the June/July 2013 Issue of PleinAir Magazine.
ROSA LUZ CATTERALL is a graduate from NYU with two Master’s degrees in Social Work and Art Therapy. As a Latino trained psychotherapist/social worker she is fluent in Spanish and English. She has more than 20 years of experience working with the trauma based population in New York City and Pennsylvania. In addition to integrating the creative arts with her clinical skills, both in groups and individually, she is actively developing as an artist, painting with acrylics, oil, pastels and mixed-media. Her primary focus in her professional and creative life is to find empowerment through the process of healing and transformation. Rosa Luz has received some training in drawing, studio art, and sculpture in New York City (Queens College, Douglaston Art Association, Parsons School of Visual Art, and NYU). She is also a member of the York Art Association since 2006 and has taken classes under Phyllis Disher Fredericks, Barbara Buchanan, as well as private studio art classes with Brenda Wintermyer. At the present time, Rosa Luz has an art studio in Royal Square and as an independent contractor has coordinated creativity/relaxation groups for different age populations. She is also a summer volunteer at Creative York – Art in the Park since 2014. She has recently won three awards: 2016 First Place winner – Non-Professional – Life Forms Juried Exhibit at the York Art Association; 2016 Award of Distinction into the “Yorkfest Juried Art Exhibition”; and 2016 People’s Choice Award – Plein Air Exhibition hosted by the York Water Company. You can see her work at: Her Website
GEORGE CLARK was a graduate of New York’s School of Industrial Arts and had attended the Newark School of Art and Design. George, an award-winning artist and instructor – both here and for surrounding Art Associations, conducts workshops for different venues. He garnered many awards from both Experimental and Watercolor Societies, both here and abroad. Mr. Clark earned signature membership in the Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Alabama and Philadelphia Watercolor Societies, and was a Fellow with the International Society of Experimental Artists. George can be reached at email@example.com.
PHYLLIS DISHER FREDERICKS, a highly accomplished artist, received her degree in Fine Arts from Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, Newark, NJ. Additionally she has pursued private studies in California, Arizona, and the Barnstone Studios in Coplay, PA. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group and juried exhibitions and appears in private and corporate collections. Phyllis taught beginning to advanced painting courses at York College for ten years.
Brett Greiman – a graduate of the York Academy of Arts, has been working in his art services business since 1998 after working two decades in the pre-press industry. Brett was a part-time instructor at Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts teaching a wide variety of subjects such as drawing, color theory, illustration, rendering, three levels of graphic design as well as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Brett’s paintings and murals can be found in many private and corporate collections including Harley-Davidson, York History Center, WellSpan Health, Nixon Nature Center, and many others. For more information about Brett, please visit his website: http://www.brettsart117.wix.com/brett-greiman
Maryel Henderson is a Pennsylvania artist that currently works from her home in the Dallastown area where she has a studio in her home, a renovated church built in the 1800’s.
She grew up on a farm in northern Pennsylvania where she had a
plethora of animals and critters to examine, scrutinize, and play with. These animals appear frequently in her work. This love of animals never went away and her list of animals to examine and paint keeps expanding. She is currently doing a series of sea dragons, a small creature that lives off the coast of Australia. It is a relative of the sea horse. With some research she learned that there were sea dragons at Sea World in Florida. She flew down and spent a day with them, studying them, and came home with over 200 reference photos.
Maryel’s style has changed constantly over the years from pure realism, to pure abstract, and has now evolved into a technique that totally inspires her using a combination of the two. She graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, then went on to obtain her B.S. in Art Education from Mansfield University. After living in 4 other states and three years in Japan, family ties brought her back to Pennsylvania. After working as a Visual Manager in two major department stores, she left the retail world to do her art full time. She currently paints more abstractly with liquid acrylics and inks, using detail in the focal areas of the painting. She has won numerous awards locally and nationally and has work in private collections throughout the United States and Japan. She also has a published children’s book called “Squirt Saves the Day, A Stinkbug’s Story” that she authored and illustrated. It is available here in York at BAM, any major bookstore, and on Amazon.
Susan Korsnick – is an intuitive artist who works in acrylics, mixed media, colored pencils, water-soluble mediums, & clay. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art & Certification in Art Education (K-12). She shows her work locally and online. In 2015, Susan had her first solo art exhibit at Marketview Arts in York, PA. Combining her passion for creativity and 2 decades of teaching experience, Susan supports experienced artists and beginners as they tap into their inner wisdom and develop a personal practice to express themselves creatively. Her unique and relaxed approach focuses on process rather than product- with the result being some deeply personal and meaningful artwork! Susan believes everyone is an artist when they allow themselves to let go and get into their creative flow. For more information, visit her at SusanKorsnick.com
SUE MARRAZZO is an experimental artist who works in collage, mixed media, acrylic, encaustic painting and sculpture. Sue has exhibited in numerous local, regional, national and international juried shows and exhibits. She currently teaches collage, and Experimental Mixed Media Painting at the Art Center School and Galleries, Mechanicsburg, PA. The artist has won many awards, and juried acceptances..like the 2011 PA Art of the State, at the PA State Museum; and the 2010 Rottler Award of Excellence in Visual Arts, at the York Art Association. Her collages are featured in the National Collage Society’s 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Juried Member’s Annual Collage Postcard Calendar. Sue won the ISEA’s Cutting Edge Award in the 2012 Annual ISEA Juried Show. In 2013 Sue received her Signature Status with The National Collage Society. Sue is also a Signature Member of The International Society of Acrylic Painters. In 2015, Sue became a Co-Owner of the Textured Art Gallery Community on G+. Sue has judged local, and national juried art shows. In 2016, Sue became a moderator of the Creating and Sharing Mixed Media Art Blog Community.
Carole McDermott – Carole is a native of York, PA. She graduated with a BFA from the University of Denver in Colorado. She has continued her education in the arts at The NY School of Interior Design, The National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in New York City.
Carole taught studio art at a New Jersey High School and continues to instruct workshops in watercolor and oil mediums. She is a recipient of numerous awards and noted for her large format contemporary style in watercolor. She is featured in art publications and her paintings have been displayed in museums and government offices, and belong to private collections in the United States, Europe and China. Carole lives in New York City and Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
The artist is represented by: Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, 819 Main Street Boonton, NJ 07005;
Gallerie Imbert 7 Rue Jacques de la Roque Aix-En-Provence, France 33; Rumor Design 345 Lincoln Avenue Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
ROBERT OUGHTON studied in the studio of his father, illustrator and painter, Taylor Oughton of Bucks County. His work draws from his knowledge of the qualities of light and influences from working with a master artist. To date, he has twice exhibited in Art of the State, won awards at YorkFest and at York Art Association.
His work may be seen at Weavings, Ink., its web page www.weavingsink.com and Facebook.
Debi Peters was a second-grade teacher in Mechanicsburg, PA and loved every minute of it! She has educational certifications in K-6 Elementary Ed, Middle School Science, Middle and High school Social Sciences. Since retiring from teaching, she has immersed herself in her old love, art. She has won awards for her art, including the Rottler Award. Debi works in many mediums, watercolors, acrylics, collage, but her favorite medium is soft pastels. She can’t wait to share her love of art and learning with the children of York.
Julie Riker received her BFA in Illustration from the University of The Arts and, after graduation, she worked on the restoration of the PA State Capitol for 6 years restoring original decorative finishes. In 1996 she started her own interior decorative painting business, specializing in
murals, faux finishes, and hand-painted decoration. She has painted in countless homes throughout the area as well as churches and businesses. When not working for a client, Julie enjoys painting outdoors. Many of these plein air paintings serve as inspiration for larger studio pieces, but some stand on their own as observations of the beauty and variety of nature. She has participated in many national painting competitions and has won several awards. Her work was featured in the February 2018 issues of Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine recognized her as an “Artist to Watch” in their October 2018 issue. www.julieriker.com
Julie Yontz Rupp is a graduate of York Academy of Arts, York, PA, and participates in many juried, solo and group exhibitions. She has won numerous awards including most recently first place in the 2012 International Society of Experimental Artists juried exhibit held in Gloucester, MA, Best of Shows, the Annual Adams County Arts Council juried exhibit held in Gettysburg, PA, and the 2008 Rottler Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. Julie is a member of the Art Center Manatee, the Florida Watercolor Society, the York Art Association and a signature member of the International Society of Experimental Artists and Baltimore Watercolor Society. Her artwork is currently being used in all First Watch Restaurants nationwide along with the originals being purchased and displayed at their corporate headquarters in Sarasota, FL. Julie’s original paintings can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe. She is currently represented by Studio Gallery 234 in York, PA, and Garth Gallery in Columbia, PA. She is also an Instructor of Experimental Mixed Media/Abstract classes & workshops at The York Art Association in York, PA.
Jason Ward is a fine – art painter and illustrator inspired by both the Hudson River School painters of the 19th century and painters and illustrators working in the realist tradition today including Odd Nerdrum, Daniel Sprick, Doug Henderson, and James Gurney. He received his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and currently teaches painting and exhibits his artwork around southeastern PA and NJ.
DEB WATSON is a self-taught artist who paints small town scenes in a contemporary realist style. A full-time artist, Deb has exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the nation. Her work has been featured in magazines and books over a dozen times. Deb is active in the art community, volunteering and teaching. She’s a signature member of many national groups including NWS, the Watercolor USA Honor Society and Allied Artists of America, among others. Her website: Deb Watson Art
Robert Dale Williams is a graduate of the New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative Art. Upon completion of his MFA degree at the Academy, he furthered his studies under the internationally recognized Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum. Since 2005, he has provided drawing, painting, and anatomy instruction at five art centers, and authored two feature articles on oil painting techniques for International Artist Magazine. Featured in collections worldwide, he has exhibited in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, and Norway.
LYNNE YANCHA has achieved national recognition, as she is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. Her methods have been featured in Splash: America’s Best Contemporary Watercolors, and Splash II: Watercolor Breakthroughs, published by Northern Light Books. Lynne is a trained teacher, loves people and is willing to share her world and talent with anyone who is interested. Lynne said, “I always begin my work with musings and I use the same technique as always in a layered, lost and found way. My media continues to be mixed: watercolor, ink, white acrylic, colored pencil and of course graphite. I still love edge to edge interest, and a story: yours and mine. Mostly I am absolutely in love with the mystery of inspiration and how it affects the process. The painting will be entirely different from the image which one begins and it will always tell its own story.”