Ampersand Blog

Lisa Goesling

Lisa Goesling microscopically examines nature and abstracts, creating hyper-detailed renderings of her observations on a nontraditional support, rather than the expected canvas or paper, she uses Ampersand Scratchbord, hardboards composed of Kaolin Clay covered in India ink.

Alabama native Lisa Opielinski is a professional artist with an undying passion for her chosen career, and she has been doing it for more than 30 years.

Lisa Pressman

Lisa creates a dynamic and engaging place to explore while giving you detailed and insightful feedback that helps you know what you need to do to achieve your artistic goals.

Micah Goguen

Micah Goguen grew up in Central Georgia and obtained his B.A. in Fine Art and Masters in Art Therapy from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Ga. Micah focuses primarily on bringing art to the community and using art as a form of communication for those struggling to understand and cope with life situations.

Pamela grew up in Wisconsin, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UW-Madison in 1983. After moving with her family to Hamilton, MT in 1986, she began her serious study of art, and in 2010 received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Montana School of Art.

Pamela Caughey

Pamela Smith Hudson is a Los Angeles-based mixed media artist. Before she began exhibiting in 2016, Smith Hudson worked for 20 years in the art material industry as an art educator and consultant for some of the most innovative art material manufacturers across the globe.

Phil Garrett

Phil Garrett, a graduate of The San Francisco Art Institute, has completed numerous artists' residencies including The Sam And Adele Golden Foundation residence in New Berlin, NY, and has taught painting and printmaking nationally and internationally.

Rick Plasters

I am the founder of RP Design, LLC in Birmingham, Alabama. I am a freelance graphic designer and have been providing ideas that work, successfully articulating communication strategies for 30+ years.

Sandra Duran Wilson

Sandra Duran Wilson is an internationally recognized artist, author, lecturer, and juror. Her innovative, award-winning mixed media art has been influenced by her extensive scientific background and synesthesia.

Scott Gellatly

I’ve always been driven to make things. No matter the medium, I find excitement and wonder in creating something that didn’t exist the day before. Whether that creation succeeds or fails, it drives my creative process forward – eager to begin the next piece.

Award winning Artist Sean Dye, received his MFA from Pratt Institute. He conducts popular workshops throughout North America. His work has appeared in The Artists Magazine, Pastel Artist International, International Artist, and The Pastel Journal.

Shawn Dell

Shawn Dell Joyce began teaching plein air classes in 2000 and continues weekly to this day. She founded a plein air school with an Arts and Agricultural mission based on the historic Hudson River School, called the Wallkill River School of Art.

Teresa Kirk

As mother of two boys, Teresa found she had a lot of time on her hands as they started leaving home. Looking for something to occupy her time, an adult watercolor class (no drawing experience necessary) piqued her interest. The rest is history, she was hooked! She did find that learning to draw was a must.

Shawn Dell Joyce is a Florida-based plein air painter known for glowing sunsets, bold colors, dramatic scenery, and Florida wildlife.

Dana Brown demonstrates how to get an even, streak free, wash on Aquabord.

Justin Vining specializes in landscapes and cityscapes. He studied Art Education at Purdue University and taught elementary art for three years. Following his tenure as a teacher, Justin attended law school, where he rekindled his love for creating between classes and clerking. Shortly after graduating and passing the bar in 2010, Justin decided to pursue art full-time and hasn’t looked back.