Having over 35 years of experience my works include historical restoration for homes and buildings on our national registry, museums , Disney and custom work. As an artist my work is inspired by nature. I love working with stained glass , it’s textures, vibrant colors and the way it dances in the light I enjoy teaching and sharing the beauty of stained glass, mosaics and fused glass with others.
Ery Yoshida, known as Patty to all her friends, is an artist and art instructor based in the City of Mount Dora where she shares her Japanese inspired art through workshops designed for students interested in learning about Japanese Arts and Crafts.
Born in Peru, where her grandparents migrated from Japan early in the 20th century, Ery showed an interest in drawing and painting from an early age and was particularly inspired by the art of Japan. Encouraged by her parents, she practiced with all kinds of media. Art took a rest when Ery attended Medical School. After graduating from San Marcos Medical School in Lima, Peru, she moved to the United States in 1994 and in 2001, found herself in Mt Dora where she now lives with her husband.
Susan Grogan is an award-winning artist; her passion is in watercolor and alcohol ink.
She started her art career as a fashion illustrator for a local department store in Cincinnati Ohio. Wanting to pursue her artistic interest, she concentrated on painting, and teaching classes. Now in Florida for 7 years, she sells her work and teaches beginner, intermediate and advanced watercolor class at the Mount Dora Center of the Arts.
Susan is an active member of the Central Florida Watercolor Society and is the workshop chair. She is currently on the public arts commission in Mount Dora and has been for 4 years.
She also is the Volunteer art coordinator for the W.T. Bland library in Lake County.
I have been painting Sumi-e style since the mid ‘80’s. My personal style is a combination of traditional Chinese and contemporary Western techniques to bring landscapes and floral scenes to life. I practice with a variety of materials, using “zung-chi” and black ink to achieve the level of detail necessary in my artworks.
Sumi-e is like a beautiful flowing circle — the circle of life. Every step of the way is filled with wonderful surprises, you never know how and when it will end, but prepared with right frame of mind, ink, a good brush and a sturdy hand, you will get fantastic results.
Paul Allen Taylor
Rochester NY Artist Paul Allen Taylor is a self-taught painter using watercolors and acrylics. He is a landscape painter first, but he could be classified as a maritime artist in that many of his works involve water, boats, ships lighthouses and shorelines. He holds a membership with the American Society of Marine Artists. His work is widely collected and has an extensive print collection. Paul is a well-traveled workshop instructor having taught in Florida, Illinois, Cape Cod and the Chesapeake Bay among others as well as Canada.
My name is Laylah Bowen I am a local native Floridian artist, wife and mom. Bright colors and mandalas are my favorite! I own a small business as a henna artist. And I am very blessed to be a k-12 art teacher at the key to learning. I love inspiring future artists of the world. I had a teacher that changed my life now I get to be that teacher. Nurturing and supporting young artist is my calling in life. I love to see how proud kids are of their work. Can’t wait to meet your artists.
Maria Pirone comes to us from New York City where she graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a Bachelors degree in fine arts and art therapy. During her years in New York City Maria worked over 20 years as a freelance makeup artist for film and television. She worked in several facilities providing art therapy for pediatrics ICU, AIDS/HIV infected and affected, all varieties of PTSD survivors, and the elderly. Her work slowly emerged into ordained ministry where she practices creative and intuitive counseling. Maria also worked as a freelance fine art model, animation model, 3-D animation model, and voice overs for animation.
Shawn Dell Joyce
Shawn Dell Joyce was raised on her family’s citrus farm in the Rio Grande Valley. The young woman moved North and studied painting and drawing at the University of North Texas. After graduation in 1986 she began her career as an artist’s apprentice in NY’s SoHo area, and worked in the studios of many prestigious artists including Jeff Koons, Mark Kostabi, and Ronnie Cutrone. Her love of the landscape called her North to the Hudson Valley, where she began teaching a series of plein air painting classes in 2000 throughout the Hudson Valley. Her classes became so popular that she hired other artists, and founded a plein air school with an Arts and Agricultural mission based on the historic Hudson River School. Now in it’s 20th year, The Wallkill River School continues to bring cultural tourism to the Hudson Valley region through plein air painting workshops and events on local farms, historic sites and open spaces. She is still honored as founder and on the board of directors. She teaches workshops in pastel and plein air techniques across the country, and is endorsed by Ampersand Pastelbords who supply materials for her demos and workshops. In 2017, she was hired by UArt to do a plein air pastel workshop. She has also worked the plein air event circuit and participated in many prestigious events around the country, bringing home awards for her loose and colorful paintings. She recently placed 1st in the 2018 Inverness Plein Air Festival, and 3rd in the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival. Last year she placed 1st in the Quick Draw at the 2017 Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, and People’s Choice in the International Plein Air Paint Out 2005 in Niagara Falls. She is a signature member of International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), and has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Plein Air Magazine, Pastel Journal Magazine, and Tampa Bay Magazine, and featured on the Plein Air Podcast. She has participated in many national exhibits and plein air festivals, and is represented by galleries in NY and Florida. Her works have been widely collected by corporations and families around the world including the Georges Pompidou Museum in France and the Museum of Modern Art in NY.
Franklin Smith is a West Virginia native who lost his
hearing (severely Deaf) at the age of 2. From a young age, he communicated
mostly through lip-reading and fingerspelling. It wasn’t until his college years
that he became immersed in the Deaf world and fluent in American Sign
Language. It was then that he found his identity and joined the Deaf community.
Franklin is a dynamic professional with a unique background of more than
10 years teaching ASL and working with Deaf students providing mentoring,
advocating, coaching, career development training and job readiness among
other skills. Franklin is currently an ASL Adjunct Professor and full-time ASL Lab
Manager at the St Petersburg College. He is a people person who loves baking,
bowling, arts and crafts, and making a difference in his community
Lucina Roark is an experienced art teacher with a BFA from the University of Texas and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts. She also studied website design and development and worked as a web designer/programmer in private business. She works in various media, including but not limited to printmaking, oil painting, and drawing. In drawing particularly, she has worked extensively with charcoal, oil pastel and colored pencil. Lucina has exhibited her work in many one-person and group shows, participated in over 70 juried museum/gallery exhibitions nationwide and received many awards. She was a longtime member of the Massachusetts Council for the Arts. She has served as juror for various art competitions both in Massachusetts and Florida. After moving to Florida she again taught art classes in Citrus County, Leesburg, and at Master The Possibilities in Ocala as well as Mt. Dora Center for the Arts.