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Instructors Bios

Meet the OAS Instructors

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Laurel Best 
I have a passion for nature and wildlife and creating art. I have been drawing as long as I can remember and spent many hours as a teenager capturing my favourite pictures in pencil. Art has always been a part of my family. My grandmother, Jean Monkhouse was an oil painter and art teacher. She was my first art teacher, and I will always remember painting with her in her cottage in Atikokan.

Laurel Best

Abeer Hana 
I had the fortune of discovering my passion towards art at a young age. After finishing high school, I chose to study architecture, and afterwards worked in the fields of architecture and interior design. I was also fortunate to find a time to study visual arts, learning how to use different artistic techniques using pencils, ink, water, acrylics and oil colours. I also had the chance to teach oil painting at the Adult Education Centres of Dufferin-Peel’s Catholic District School Board for 13 years. I like to work with adults from different ages. Art was always part of my family.

Abeer Hana

Jenn Jevons
Jennifer started making jewellery in 2002. Beginning with stringing and wire wrapping beads and pearls, she moved into working with metal clay after participating in a demonstration during a metalsmithing course. A certified instructor, she has taken classes at George Brown and Mohawk College, and participated in many metal clay workshops.

Jenn Jevons

Jacintha Krish 
Following a long career in business and accounting I now have the ultimate pleasure of being a full time artist and instructor. Painting has always been a part of my life, my constant companion. I paint what I see, what inspires me, what stirs my soul. The beauty of Canada is my inspiration, filled with the sights and sounds of its constantly changing landscapes as well as its people, imbued with the rich biodiversity that is wholly Canadian. I enjoy playing an active role in our art world participating year round in solo and juried art exhibitions and events, teaching workshops and courses. As an instructor at Neilson Park Creative Centre (West Toronto) I also volunteer as chairperson of the NPCC Gallery Committee.

www.jacinthakrish.com

Jacintha Krish

Diana Lee
Diana is an artist who works in oil, acrylic and watercolour. She loves to paint and draw and her art focuses on topics that are full of challenges and interesting profiles. She applies line, form, composition, to create art pieces that are unforgettable. She enjoys the experience of teaching and creating art with students. Winner of many art awards her works also are in many private and public collections.

Diana Lee

Cathy Lorraway  
Cathy Lorraway loves to share her love of nature and art as a fine artist and instructor with students of all ages.She works in watercolour, acrylic and oil and loves painting landscapes in plein air. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art in Drawing and Painting and B Ed from the University of Toronto, she was a Secondary School Visual Art and Photography instructor for many years and has participated in theArtist in the Classroom program and as an Artist in Residence at Crawford Lake Conservation Area. Her art can be seen on her website, https://cathylorraway.wixsite.com/mysite .

Cathy Lorraway

Diane Marcotte 
Diane’s preferred painting mediums are watercolour, alcohol-based inks, coloured pencil and Pan Pastel - watercolour and alcohol-based inks for their unpredictable nature that make them exciting and expressive mediums; coloured pencils and Pan Pastels for their versatility and ease of application.  Painting is Diane’s attempt to express the joy she finds in Nature.  Be it a landscape that she finds particularly moving or animals that capture her heart… it is all intrinsically beautiful.  Her goal is to reveal the spirit of Nature so that all may enjoy. 

Diane Marcotte

Laurel McBrine 
After art college, Laurel has regularly attended workshops with dozens of master artists plus intensive study at several realist painting ateliers and enjoys sharing the knowledge she has gained. Laurel regularly exhibits and has won scholarships and awards for her work. She particularly loves the demanding art of oil portraiture, including commissions, but draws and paints many subjects in various media.
WEBSITE: http://www.art.laurelmcbrine.com
BLOG: http://www.laurelmcbrine.blogspot.com

Laurel McBrine

Judy Mayer-Grieve
Judy is an Honours Graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design University. Judy has worked as an Illustrator and Award Winning Graphic Designer before teaching Digital Art and Fine Art. Her work is represented by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Hamilton Art Gallery and Burlington. Judy is the 2015 Winner of The Burlington Public Art Competition - King Road Mural.

Judy Mayer Greive

Robin J Mitchell
Robins Awards: “Cogeco Stars Among Us” - 2013 Visual Artists Award Recipient
McMichael Art Gallery - Plein Aire Painting Competition August 2013 - First Place Award
McMichael Art Gallery - Plein Aire Painting Competition August 2013 - People Choice Award
Gemini Award in October 2001 for Best Visual Effects for the movie Nuremberg
Since September 2011 I have been painting full-time since September 2011. It has been my goal to pursue a career as a fulltime visual artist/painter. I have been selling my work both privately and on the internet and I paint daily and post most of my small paintings to a blog at http://robinjmitchell.blogspot.ca/ and to my website http://robinjmitchell.com/ I have collectors who have purchased my work in all the corners of the world, from Berlin Germany, to Perth Australia and a lot of places in between. I normally paint small sizes as I enjoy completing them in one sitting and also find it much easier to ship world wide. The small size also offers the viewer a window which one needs to look closer at and become more personally involved with work. I have framed some of these in a wide black frame and find that this pulls the persons attention into the piece. I am often asked why I paint what I do and the answer would be anything that interests me visually and compositionally, shadows and feelings of every day life play a big role. “Everydaylife” held in a painting. I have been teaching workshops and classes in painting and drawing since 2013.

Robin J Mitchell

Meru Parmar 
My art is inspired by everyday life and has found home in private collections. It brings me joy and thats what I endeavour to share by teaching art.

Meru Parmar

Shelley Prior
Shelley's passion for nature is evident in much of her work, but she also enjoys painting portraits, landscapes and still life. A graduate of Sheridan College in Oakville and Dundas Valley School of Art, Shelley has taught watercolour and acrylic painting throughout Ontario for more than 20 years. Her work has been seen in several local juried shows and has won local and international awards.

Shelley Prior

Heidi Rohde 
Heidi  has been an educator and artist for many years and is equally at home in the classroom or the studio. A former secondary school Visual Arts Instructor she has enjoyed working with young people and adults fostering their creativity, as well as pursuing her own passion for painting. She works in a variety of media and subject matter; her favourite being the natural beauty of the landscape, expressed in the vibrant colours of soft pastel.

Heidi Rohde

Julie Wurtele
A certified art instructor for Art Innovators, Julie also holds a City and Guilds Adult Teaching Certificate as well as various Vocational Teaching Certificates from the UK. She has a particular interest in art therapy for children and adults with learning difficulties and has found art can be an invaluable tool to overcome barriers in communication and improve confidence.

Julie Wurtele