Ampersand Artist Ambassadors are a select group of incredibly talented artists and instructors who use Ampersand products for their artwork and in their classes and workshops. This program was developed to partner with teaching artists to educate on the benefits of panel painting and to spread awareness of Ampersand's amazing surfaces.
Applications are not currently being accepted for the Ampersand Ambassador program. Please submit this form to join the interest list.
We caught up with Ampersand Artist Ambassador Karen Vernon, a loyal Aquabord user, to find out about how she communicates through her watercolors.
Ann Ranlett, MSA is an artist and illustrator specializing in pet/animal portraits and nature subjects rendered in scratchboard (Scratchbord). She accepts commissions for pet and animal portraits and enjoys working with devoted owners and their beloved animals.
Beverly Satch Mangham is co-director at Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos, Texas. She teaches workshops in creativity, mixed media, and collage.
Cathy Sheeter is known as one of the premier wildlife and western scratchboard artists of today. Her mastery of the difficult scratchboard medium is evident in the outstanding quality of each of her works.
Born in 1955, I grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The ocean and quarries of the rocky New England coast were my stomping grounds until I left for the west with my husband and young family in the late 1980s.
After graduating from Ringling College of Art & Design in 1977, Debra worked as a fashion illustrator and Graphic Artist. She has created works of art with subjects in portrait, nature, wildlife, and pets.
Dietlind Vander Schaaf holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Southern Maine. Her work has been described as the transformation of "disparate objects into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace" (Artscope).
Elise Wagner is a painter, printmaker, educator, and innovator. An east coast transplant from Jersey City, New Jersey, she has based herself in Portland, Oregon since 1986.
Erin Keane is an artist working with photography, encaustic beeswax, and bookbinding. In photography, she explores elasticity of light, and combines photography transfer with encaustic beeswax to create soft imagery with a luminous glow.
Frances Tyler is an award-winning international Fine Artist and Artist Educator in watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media. A love of travel and nature are reflected in her paintings. Her work is colorful, energetic, and often includes influences from her artist residencies and time abroad.
I have been a teaching artist for 30 years and I love to teach! It has been an honor to be invited to teach for Art Centers and Studios across North America as well as having been chosen as faculty member for several International Calligraphy Conferences.
Following her move from England to the U.S. as a teenager, Jane Hunt received her B.F.A. in illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art. After working as an illustrator for several years, Hunt eventually returned to her true love: landscape oil painting.
I knew at an early age, art would be a part of my life. My grandmother was an American Impressionist painter, and I would watch her create colorful brush strokes across the canvas.
Jennifer Redstreake Geary has been an artist since her wee young days back in New Mexico, where she grew up. Her parents were super supportive and encouraged her to "keep at it" and by the time she was in her 20s, she was doing what she loved professionally.
I have been a full-time artist and teacher for over 23 years. My current body of work consists primarily of encaustic painting, which is visually inspired by the natural elements. I am working toward the idea of "painting as sculpture" that vacillates between abstract to more representational.
Tennessee artist Judy Lavoie creates paintings in a highly representational style, primarily using watercolors, inks, and acrylics. Judy especially loves painting on Aquabord, Claybord, and Scratchbord which beautifully facilitate the intricate detail and rich textures in her work.