Educators 2019

We are so excited to have all these educators for our final 2019 HOOT Convention. Thank you to you all for supporting us!
We have 98 classes and 52 educators.

Here they are:

Lynne Andrews, Carolyn Bacon, David Bailey, Maureen Baker, Bobbie Campbell, Tami Carmody, Jeanne Collick, Debbie Cotton, Nina Daniels, Gini Deaton, Lynne Deptula, Judy Diephouse, Vilma Fabretti, Carmela Favre, Lina Ferrara, Jill Fitzhenry, Wendy Goldberg, Holly Hanley, Kathi Hanson, Donna Harcourt, Belinda Harris, Chris Haughey, Kelly Hunt, Anne Hunter, Louise Jackson, Tricia Joiner, Catherine Bonnie Jones, Tom Jones, Marlene Kreutz, Pat Lentine, Arlene Linton, Georgia Magarrell, Sandy McTier, Mark Menendez, Fran Mittelstet, Tina Sue Norris, Mark Polomchak, Lori Puszakowski-Schmidt, Judy Ribitch, Sonja Richardson, Cheri Rol, Laurie Speltz, Carol Spohn, Lydia Steeves, Pamela Stevens, Patty Stouffer, Lisbeth Stull, Maxine Thomas, Rebecca Trimble, Beth Wagner, Robert Warren, and Judy Westegaard-Jenkins.

Photos and biographies for all of our 2019 Educators are listed below.

2019 Educators and Biography
Lynne Andrews
Lynne Andrews
Lynne has been painting professionally for almost forty years but did not discover decorative painting until she attended her first local chapter meeting of SDP. She found a world that embraced her style of painting and fell in love with the people. That was a mere 14 years ago and since then Lynne has developed and designed a website, launched a huge line of pattern packets, as well as authored many painting books and DVD’s.
Lynne has a studio in a converted barn where she writes, paints, and teaches. She has also been travel- teaching extensively throughout the country as well as jumping into the world of international teaching. She has had the honor of being New England Traditions Convention Artist three times as well as teaching at many conventions throughout the country, including HOOT. Lynne lives in the historic village of Chepachet, Rhode Island with her husband Ken. She has two wonderful sons and two amazing daughters-in-law. Her family has grown with the addition of five beautiful grandchildren. She knows she is a blessed woman and gives credit for her success to the Lord.
Contact Lynne: andrews181@cox.net; website: www.lynneandrews.com
Classes at HOOT:
Mon
7/15 313A
Tues
7/16 313B
Carolyn Bacon
Carolyn Bacon
Carolyn Bacon took her first tole painting class in 1969. She was hooked, and has been painting ever since. She is a student and a teacher. She joined SDP in 1974 and has been an active member, a Board Member, an exhibitor, and served as SDP President. Carolyn has taught at many SDP conventions, as well as at HOOT, New England Traditions, Painting Palooza, and other conventions. She ran a home studio and travel taught around the country. Her favorite surface to paint on is sheet music. Our painting family has been an important part of her life. She cherishes the many friends she has made through the years.
Contact Carolyn: carolynbacon@ymail.com
Classes at HOOT:
Fri
7/19 128F
David Bailey
David Bailey
David, a watercolor artist, was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio. Interested in art since early childhood, he began to paint in earnest while in high school. After receiving several awards for his artwork around the Tri-State area, he went on to study at the Dayton Art Institute. It was not until the early to mid 90’s that David decided to take up watercolor. After years of study in this medium, he now teaches regularly and holds workshops. He has a genuine love of people and loves sharing and teaching others to paint, but the bottom line is that he just loves to paint. It gives him a feeling of accomplishment to know that he has taken a God given talent to create something enjoyable for others to look at. His greatest hope is that you will enjoy looking at his artwork as much as he has enjoyed painting it. And he means that with “ALL OF MY ART!“
Contact David: allofmyart@aol.com
Classes at HOOT:
Tues
7/16 606F
Wed
7/17 606E
Maureen Baker
Maureen Baker
Maureen has been creating art since she was a child growing up in Chelmsford Massachusetts. In her youth she dabbled in various mediums. Her love for color and texture continually lured her into painting. The idea of painting on a variety of surfaces opened all kinds of creative ideas and challenges. She began on canvas, but has explored endless creative opportunities – walls, furniture and more. She set up space
in her home and studio and at age 45 dedicated her career to doing what she loves. Teaching locally, regionally and nationally, Maureen is now designing full time. Living on a wonderful natural pond she finds great inspiration from the natural beauty around her.
Contact Maureen: maureenjbaker@msn.com; website: www.maureen-baker.com
Classes at HOOT:
Thur
7/18 558A
Bobbie Campbell
Bobbie Campbell, CDA
Bobbie’s introduction to decorative painting came in 1974. She had visited a friend's home where she had some decorative painting pieces on display and was intrigued by the fact that she did not have to "draw" the design herself. Bobbie was no artist and actually made lousy "stick people", but was quite interested in the decorative art pieces she had painted herself. Having been told where she could take classes, Bobbie signed up the very next day and was "hooked" after only a few classes. Bobbie belongs to the Society of Decorative Painters and has served on the Board of Directors, as well as many committees for the Society. She belongs to many painting Chapters, including Old Mill Decorative Painters, Southside Brushes and Illinois Prairie Painters. The Society of Decorative Painters is an integral part of her painting life and as a member has given her the ability to become a better decorative artist. She teaches at many conventions around the country and Canada
as well as Shops and Chapters.
Contact Bobbie: bcampbellcda@gmail.com; website: www.bobbiecampbell.com
Classes at HOOT:
Mon
7/15 100A
2019 Educator Biography
Tami Carmody
Tami lives in sunny Southern California with Todd, her husband of 37 years. She has two sons with families of their own who have
given her four wonderful grandchildren. She started painting in 1984 in acrylic and just fell in love with it. About eight years ago, she started painting in enamels which has taken her to where she is today. Tami teaches at her home studio, conventions, and local chapters. She just retired from her job of 25 years in the Aerospace Industry. Now she can pursue her love of painting full time. She travels several times a month to boutiques and art shows selling her painting on glass. Painting is her passion and she just loves it.

Contact Tami: wisteriapainting@aol.com
website: www.wisteriapainting.com

Classes at HOOT:
Mon 7/15 - 744B, 744D
Jeanne Collick
Jeanne began teaching Decorative Art in 1998 and continues to teach in her home studio, and for local SDP chapters and retreats. She discovered working with natural dried gourds about 15 years ago. She finds that decorating, painting, and enhancing the gourds with Kwikwood or Quikwood creates unique pieces. Using a small handheld jigsaw, she cuts various shapes adding further interest to each piece. Jeanne paints on other surfaces as well and enjoys a variety of subjects.

Contact Jeanne: jcollick@sbcglobal.net
website: www.jcollickheartworks.com

Classes at HOOT:

Mon 7/15 - 146B
Debbie Cotton
Debbie Cotton is a very well-known instructor of acrylic painting. She has a natural ability to paint and design, and she offers lessons that feature a large variety of subjects. Her warm and inviting personality leans towards a relaxed yet informative learning environment. Join her for the stunning lady with the “Red Umbrella” or her colorful “Fall Inspired” painting. Both will be extremely enjoyable!

Contact Debbie: simplycotton@xplorenet.com
website: www.simply-cotton.com

Classes at HOOT:

Thurs 7/18 - 565A, 565C
Nina Daniels
Nina started her Decorative Painting journey in early '90's, which naturally led into her teaching at local chapters and shops. With encouragement from great people, she began designing originals and submitting to teach at regional and national conventions meeting more wonderful painters. She has painted an ornament for the White House Christmas tree and the Library of Congress tree. Along the way Nina has enjoyed fourteen years being a high school art instructor. Nina shouts out a big thanks to all the teachers that have inspired her over the years!

Contact Nina: n.daniels89@yahoo.com
Classes at HOOT:

Mon 7/15 - 607B
Gini Deaton
Some people say you are born with the ability to be an artist, or not. If that is so, then being an artist is a gift for which she is very grateful. She believes we all have that creative spark, no matter how it manifests itself, whether it is in drawing, painting, decorating a room or knowing what colors work well together in an outfit. We all can nurture that gift. Gini loves to paint. She’s been self-taught for most of her life and was inspired and taught by Bob Ross, Bill Alexander, Dorothy Dent, Kevin Hill, Robert Warren and Gary Jenkins, master artists teaching many different methods of painting. She grew up watching them on PBS and the internet over the years and taking classes from them in person. At one time she earned her living by traveling the United States selling country and Victorian-style home decorating accessories. What a blast that was! She painted on everything from fabric, to wood, to metal, and of course, canvas. However, when the economy tanked, and with the responsibility of having two children to support, she had to take a creative detour. Gini shifted her career into graphic design. For more than 2 decades she’s successfully earned a living in graphic and web design in the advertising and marketing departments of various companies. She’s got pieces of paper with degrees and certificates that say what she already knew…She’s born to create. Gini is thankful for her success and although she still keeps her hand in designing websites and other collateral graphics, she’s thrilled to be focusing more on her first love, working with oil paints. Gini recently became a Bob Ross Certified Instructor and teaches at several venues. She wants to help others explore their creativity by teaching oil painting and offer local painting classes.

Contact Gini: ginideaton@gmail.com
website: www.ginideaton.com

Classes at HOOT:
Mon 7/15 - 764A
Wed 7/17 - 764C
2019 Educators
Lynne Deptula
Lynne loved decorative painting the first time she took a class in 1981. She painted a stroke work design from a Millie Smith book at her local craft store and the flow of a stroke enthralled her. Shortly thereafter she attended a West Michigan Decorative Artist's chapter meeting where she was introduced to the teacher, Judy Diephouse. Classes with Judy followed and a lifelong friendship and business partnership, Distinctive Brushstrokes, was born. Many years have flown by during which 35 books have been published along with countless magazine and pattern packet projects. Lynne has been a member of West Michigan Decorative Artists and the Society of Decorative Painters since 1981. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband Frank. They have one lovely daughter, Anne and a great son-in-law, Matt.

Contact Lynne: Dbrush1@aol.com
website: www.distinctivebrushstrokes.com

Classes at HOOT:
Tues 7/16 - 011B
Thurs 7/18 - 011D
Judy Diephouse
Judy started decorative painting in 1973 shortly after her last child was born. In a short time, she was teaching five classes weekly to relatives in her home. She participated in the first two or three HOOT conventions as an attendee, but once she started teaching, she has taught at every HOOT convention since then. She also partnered with Lynne Deptula to form Distinctive Brushstrokes. They have had a booth at the HOOT Convention for 25 years! The many memories of HOOT Conventions will be cherished, as will the many dear friends she has made because of HOOT. Judy hopes to see everyone this year and next.

Contact Judy: distinctj@aol.com
website: www.distinctivebrushstrokes.com

Classes at HOOT:
Mon 7/15 - 012E
Tues 7/16 - 012D
Vilma Fabretti, CDA
Vilma is from Cordoba Argentina where she is an architect and a painting artist. Painting is her passion, and she makes a living by giving painting classes. Vilma’s style is realism, flowers, still life, portraits ,and human figure. She has taught at conventions in the US as well as in other countries. She has also published projects in different magazines and authored the book "Elegance in Bloom" in May 2005.

Contact Vilma: vilmafabretti@hotmail.com

Classes at HOOT:
Tues 7/16 - 525E
Wed 7/17 - 525D
Carmela Favre, CDA
Drawing and painting has always been in her soul but she began a love affair with Tole and Decorative Painting in 1980! She was literally obsessed with painting everything, and it is true, if it stood still Carmela painted it. She started teaching in 1982 and within months opened up a shop, Carmela's Country. She received her CDA at the SDP Conference in Columbus, Ohio in 1987. When life permits, she’s so thankful and blessed to continue teaching at National Conferences and Chapters! Carmela’s life is filled with amazing children, grandchildren, and a husband of 54 years who needs a little more tender loving care now. Carmela says, “Thank you Hoot for helping me achieve another of my dreams. Life is good!”

Contact Carmela: carmefav@aol.com

Classes at HOOT:
Mon 7/15 - 769A
Thur 7/19 - 769E
Lina Ferrara, CDA
Accomplished artist Lina Ferrara, CDA has studied fine art and decorative painting in the United States and Florence, Italy. Her paintings are held in private collections in the U.S., Italy, Holland, and Germany, in addition to the White House, the Library of Congress, and Woodmode Industries in Kramer, PA. Lina writes for art and trade publications, has published a line of instructional booklets, and is the author of the book Easy Fresco, on textural finishing for home decoration; she also collaborated on the book Raspberry Pie. She has demonstrated art materials for paint manufacturers and brush companies in both the U.S. and Canada. Currently she teaches oil painting at the Arts Center in Sunbury, PA: “Paint Along with Lina” for the beginning painter, and “Painter’s Studio” for the more advanced artist. Lina has extensive experience as a workshop instructor, having taught in such varied places as Canada, Italy, Holland, and most states in the U.S.

Contact Lina: linaferraraart@gmail.com
website: https://lina-ferrara.com/

Classes at HOOT:
Mon 7/15 - 132B
Tues 7/16 - 132D
2019 Educators
Jillybean Fitzhenry
Jill lives in a dream world when she’s painting and bright bold colors always inspire her. Being able to share her designs with others has truly been a blessing. That little sparkle in someone’s eye when they realize they can do something they didn't think they could is so gratifying. Jill grew up in Minneapolis, MN but currently lives in Savage, MN (a little south of Minneapolis). Growing up, her family was always creating something - drawing, painting, sewing, woodworking and all types of crafts. She was in her 20s when she stumbled across a Bavarian Folk Art Painting Shop called "Pipka's". She was a young stay at home mom and needed a little time with some adults to talk to, so she took a couple acrylic painting classes. After the fourth lesson, Jill knew this is what she wanted to do with her life. Over the last 30 years her painting has taken her to wonderful places and given her so many exciting opportunities. It’s hard to name them all. She’s a Past President of the Society of Decorative Painters, travel teacher, author of many painting books, video lessons and hundreds of pattern packet designs. Jill plans to continue dreaming until all her dreams come true.

Contact Jillybean: JillybeanDesigns@aol.com
Website: www.jillybean.net

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 154A
Wednesday 7/17 154C
Wendy Goldberg
Wendy discovered decorative painting in 1990 when she popped into a shop to buy craft supplies for her third-grade class. She signed up for a class and has been painting ever since. She has taught at local shops and SDP chapters for many years. Recently, she became a Certified Erica Joanne Teacher of Innovative Pencil (CETiP). Traveling to various conventions has always been her favorite way to learn new techniques and spend time with special friends that share her love of art. Wendy lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and enjoys spending time with her husband, two adult children, and two cocker spaniels.

Contact Wendy: wgoldie25@gmail.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 761A
Tuesday 7/16 - 761B
Thursday 7/18 - 761C
Friday 7/19 - 761D
Holly Hanley
Holly, author of the popular decorative painting series Sunshine Kisses and Warm Winter Wishes, is an internationally known teacher and designer. She has published 10 books now, numerous pattern packets, and magazine articles, each comprised of unique and whimsical designs. She has developed several of her own “trade mark” techniques that involve the use of different textures, surfaces and brushes, but she is most known for her 3-D teddy bears. Holly has been teaching her designs for over 14 years now, travelling to Italy, across North America as well as South America, sharing her techniques in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

Contact Holly: hollyhanley@shaw.ca
website: www.hollyhanley.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hollyhanley

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 684E 684G
Wednesday 7/17 - 684D
Kathi Hanson
Kathi has been teaching workshops across the U.S. and Canada for the past thirty years. She is known for her vast knowledge of subject matter and unique special effect techniques in multiple mediums. Her workshops are very popular due to her creative, informative, teaching style and the personal attention she gives to each student. Kathi has won several awards for her work, has published over 75 art related articles in national art magazines, collaborated on or created artwork for several Art Technique books on the market, and has created a variety of instructional painting technique DVD’s available through websites and local art stores. For the past seven years Kathi has also spent a portion of each year on the road sharing her varied art techniques with college students in Foundations, Sequential, Painting and Illustration departments and conducting district art teacher professional development workshops.

Contact Kathi: kathihanson@gmail.com
website: www.kathihanson.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 693C
Tuesday 7/16 - 693A
Friday 7/19 - 548E
Donna Harcourt
Donna lives in Indiana with her husband, two adult children, and five grandchildren. She started teaching in 2006 and loves painting with Alcohol Inks, watercolor, fabrics, and acrylics. Donna travel teaches and loves teaching all ages, especially adult assisted living residents. She is a DecoArt Helping Artist and co-owns a face painting business called Artistic Colors. For Donna's schedule you can follow her on Facebook under DJ Creations.

Contact Donna: kraftylady23@yahoo.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 687A
Educators 2019
Belinda Harris
Belinda is an art teacher with a fine art background and she specializes in teaching students of all levels to create beautiful paintings and projects. She teaches new techniques and practices that takes their talents to a whole new level. Her greatest inspirations are her students, and there is nothing more rewarding as to share her God given talent with her students and see them be a part of the “creative wing”. Belinda has traveled in the US, Canada, Eastern Europe and Mexico teaching and demonstrating artistic techniques and products. She is the author and designer of many artistic projects featured in magazine articles for several how- to decorative painting books. As an author of painting books and promotional project sheets, her expertise also encompasses creating designs and samples for several TV craft shows including QVC and PBS. Belinda’s easygoing enthusiasm and love for painting and decorative art combines to provide her students with an enriched learning environment.

Contact Belinda: bthecreativewing@yahoo.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 765B
Chris Haughey
Andy Taylor and Bewitched are the two TV shows Chris recalls from childhood. With only three stations to select on a black and white TV, she spent most of her time creating. Her older sister was an oil painter and she envied her supplies and talents. In college, Chris majored in Fine Art (Oil Painting), but soon found that making a living selling oil paintings was not all fun and games. Her biggest successes were selling in restaurants and furniture stores. Even that came to a halt when expecting her first child, as the odor from the turpentine was intolerable. When the pitter patter of little feet went to school, she discovered the wonderful world of acrylic and has been an addict ever since! In 1987, that love of painting developed into a business, and Cupboard Distributing was born in Urbana, Ohio. She is now the proud owner of the Pixelated Palette, the best digital painting magazine on the web and The Scrapbook Outlet, a complete paper crafting and mixed media store. Designing and painting is as important to her as fresh air and sunshine. Chris’s background in art continually encourages her to try new and exciting paints, mediums, and techniques. Some of her favorite things are teaching, sharing, and laughing with other painters. She is always humbled and honored that her designs are appreciated and enjoyed. She loves hearing stories about gifts and smiles from proud painters. She absolutely loves what she does and feels very blessed that she is able to design and share the wonderful world of art.

Contact Chris: Chris@cdwood.com
Website: www.cdwood.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 252A
Kelly Hunt
Kelly picked up a paint brush in 2005 and taught herself decorative painting. With the support of her husband and three children, she practiced on anything and everything - painting on walls, furniture, clothes, mirrors, and even on the chimney outside her house. Kelly soon became certified as a "One Stroke" painting instructor and then quickly advanced to the "Elite" status. While teaching classes, she continued to experiment and learn, and finally settled into her own techniques and designs. Kelly’s most popular surface/medium is glass. She supplies her hand-painted stemware to several wineries and various flower shops throughout New York and Pennsylvania. Her original pieces have been purchased by clients across the United States and as far away as Italy, England, and Australia. Kelly’s artwork displays a respect for God's creation and His creatures. Her desire is to continually improve her art by adding new techniques and designs to her repertoire. She loves to share her passion for painting and enjoys meeting new people through teaching classes, workshops and demonstrations.

Contact Kelly: huntred@hotmail.com
Website: www.pinegrovepaintings.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 760C
Anne Hunter
Anne is the owner of the Creative Touch, an Art Design Studio in Marlborough, MA; where she teaches weekly classes and creates exclusive designs for her own line of painting instruction packets and books. Anne has designed and marketed over 85 pattern packets, authored 16 instructional painting books, developed web-based lessons and has been published in leading magazines in the US. Anne has been teaching since 1990 in her studio and throughout the United States. She has taught classes on a Carnival cruise ship to Mexico. Nationally, she teaches at conferences, painting group meetings and events in various locations, including Washington, California, Kansas, Nevada, Pennsylvania Florida and all New England states. Locally, Anne is a guest teacher at the Post Road Art Center and at a various senior living centers. Anne is an active member of the Society of Decorative Painters and its local chapters, Sudbury Arts Alliance and Lexington Arts & Crafts Society.

Contact Anne: creativetouch@earthlink.net
Website: www.thecreativetouch.com

Classes at HOOT:
Thursday 7/18 380D
Louise Jackson, MDA, TDA, WOWS
Louise has been painting since 1965. She is a multi-media artist and works in oils, acrylics, watercolor, and inks. Louise has authored 24 painting books and has had a multitude of magazine articles published, plus been on the cover of several of those magazines. She is a signature member of the Dayton Painters and Sculptors and the Western Ohio Watercolor Society as well a Master Decorative Artists of the Society of Decorative Painters and a recipient of their Dedicated Service Award. Her work is in many private and corporate collections as well as the Decorative Arts Collection Museum and the Smithsonian. Besides travel teaching all over the U.S. including Hawaii, she has taught in Italy, Japan, Canada, and Argentina.

Contact Louise: louisejacksonmda@hotmail.com

Classes at HOOT:
Thursday 7/18 022D
Friday 7/19 022F
2019 Educators
Tricia Joiner
Tricia has taught seminar, convention, and online decorative painting classes for over 40 years in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Europe. Her publications include five books, numerous articles and hundreds of instructional packets. As a teacher, she is known for breaking complicated painting techniques into understandable steps while maintaining the traditions of the original style. She established a Zhostovo Certification Program and online introductory class http://www.tricias.com/ecourses.html) to maintain the traditional techniques and is the recognized American authority on that style. Tricia is currently preparing two major exhibits of Zhostovo and Palekh painting for the Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton, MA) in 2019 and 2020. In her attempts to understand the traditional art forms and connect the artists of Russia and America, Tricia has made 20 trips to Russia and led five home-stay programs bringing artists from Russia to America and Americans to Russia, opening doors and changing lives for many. Tricia hopes to help the students in this class gain an appreciation for the authentic techniques of this unquestionably beautiful style and leave the class excited, inspired, and confident.

Contact Tricia: TriciaLD@aol.com
Website: www.tricias.com

Classes at HOOT:
Wednesday 7/17 121D
Bonnie Jones
Bonnie was born and grew up on the Golden Isles of Georgia. Her love for nature has inspired her to paint in watercolors. She also loves to paint watercolor batik. While Bonnie is mostly self taught she has studied under several well-known artists, as well as attending Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida. Her works have been accepted in the Florida Watercolor Society and the St Augustine Wild Life Show. Her beautiful paintings are displayed in several galleries and her collectors come from all over to purchase her works. Bonnie spends much of her time traveling and teaching workshops. She will travel to your area for two to five-day workshops. Contact her to schedule a fun and informative workshop.

Contact Bonnie: CBonnieJonesArtist@gmail.com
Website: www.CBonnieJones.com

Classes at HOOT:
Tuesday 7/16 771D
Tom Jones
Tom began painting at an early age and has had many years of study, some with well known artists. Two of Tom’s favorite western artists are Thomas Moran and Charles M. Russell. A resident of Central Florida, Tom has been commissioned by government agencies, corporations, environmental groups, clubs and private collectors. In answer to popular demand, he typically produces his watercolor landscapes in a series of three or five paintings around a specific theme. His art can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections, including commissioned paintings displayed in the Florida State Capitol Building, Walt Disney World Corporation, the Omni Corporation and Museums. Tom’s work has been featured in many books, magazine articles, posters and brochures. Tom shares his passion for art and love of nature with students of varying skill levels through international workshops, demonstrations, instructional watercolor books and DVDs.

Contact Tom: TomJonesWatercolorArtist@gmail.com
Website: www.TomJonesArtist.com

Classes at HOOT:
Tuesday 7/16 766C
Wednesday 7/17 766D
Marlene Kreutz, CDA
Marlene was born and raised in Minnesota and has been interested in drawing and painting all of her life. One of her greatest thrills comes from creating something new and seeing it come to life. In the early 80's she took her first painting classes and later started teaching and designing her first instructional packets. She has designed well over 300 packets. In addition to her own line of pattern packets, she has published many magazine articles and has authored and co-authored numerous decorative painting books. This would not have been possible without the support of her husband of fifty years. After raising two wonderful boys, they now have the time to devote to Marlene's decorative painting. She is a member of the Society of Decorative Painters and earned her Certified Decorative Artist award in 2004. Marlene is a member of two local chapters; Twin Cites Decorative Artist Guild and Prairie Flowers Decorative Painters. She travel teaches all across the country at national and regional conventions as well as chapter seminars sharing her techniques and knowledge. Marlene's favorite painting medium is acrylic. She is a DecoArt Helping Hand Artist. Most of her recent work has been done in DecoArt Americana acrylics. Her style is unique in that she combines layers of floated color, dry brushing and stippling to create a realistic effect. Her favorite subject matter has always been flowers, but has included many birds, fish and whimsical designs. As of late she has added pen, ink and pencil shading to her designs and finds it to be a very relaxing form of art. With this technique she has created pattern packets and authored two books; Marlene's Ink Creations and Marlene's Ink Therapy. Marlene enjoys sharing her patterns and designs so that others may create beautiful projects.

Contact Marlene: mfolkart@marlenekreutz.com
Website: www.marlenekreutz.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 114A
Wednesday 7/17 114B
Pat Lentine, CPSA
Pat is originally from the Chicago area, but has lived in Florida since 1987. She teaches acrylic, colored pencil, watercolor, and oil, having taught all levels of artists since 1991. In addition to teaching locally, she travel teaches and teaches at conventions. She is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Pat lives with her husband, Bill in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Much of her time is taken up with her three children and their families. She has seven grandchildren.

Contact Pat: pat@patlentine.com
Website: www.patlentine.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 363A
Tuesday 7/16 363F
Thursday 7/18 363C
Arlene Linton
In her travels throughout Europe and Australia, Arlene has taken numerous decorative arts and painting classes to help her become a better painter and teacher. While exploring museums and antique shops she became interested in the history of lace and fascinated with the beauty of lace. As a result, she has developed unique and teachable techniques to design and paint a delicate lace-look that appeals to all painters…from the beginner to the most experienced. Arlene’s first class was in 1989 and she knew then that she was hooked and someday wanted to teach. She currently teaches weekly classes in her home studio, travel teaches nationally about ten times each year, teaches internationally one or two times each year, and also teaches at several national painting conferences. With experience in various painting techniques and knowledge of current products, Arlene enjoys sharing what she has learned with others. Using her giftedness in teaching and encouragement, she believes that anyone can experience the fun of decorative painting!

Contact Arlene: LintonAC@aol.com
Website: www.rainbowsbeginning.com

Classes at HOOT:
Tuesday 7/16 346A
Wednesday 7/17 346C
2019 Educators
Sandy McTier
Sandy’s passion for painting and creating over the last three decades has lead her on an incredible artistic journey. She is a published artist, designer and teacher who enjoys sharing her gifts and talents. Sandy creates in a variety of mediums, from acrylics to oils and clay to colored pencils. She teaches at painting conventions and travel teaches groups and chapters around the world . Sandy is a proud DecoArt Brand Ambassador, Dynasty Brand Specialist, and ChartPak Ambassador. Sandy is also the 2019 Society of Decorative Painters Conference Artist! She makes her home in Georgia and is a wife of 28 years to a U.S. Air Force Veteran, and mom to three amazing young men, ages 24, 23 and 22. Look for and follow Sandy on Facebook at Sandy McTier Designs. You can also find and follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. For her special event (707F) at the 2019 HOOT Convention, Rosemary Reynolds, the DecoArt Helping Artist Coordinator, will be sharing all about the new DecoArt products. It is an exciting collaboration!!

Contact Sandy: sandymctierdesigns@aol.com
Website: www.sandymctierdesigns.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SandyMcTierDesigns

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 707F
Tuesday 7/16 - 707C
Thursday 7/18 - 707D
Mark Menedez
Mark is blessed with the most fulfilling occupation he could ever enjoy; offering art instruction. With over thirty years of teaching experience, as well as a career as a professional portrait painter and book illustrator, he is able to offer his students a wide range of innovative methods and techniques, in all media, mostly in color pencil. A great number of his students have mastered their own art to the point of earning First Place or Best of Show awards in local art competitions. Many sell their paintings, blossoming into professional artists, or become art instructors themselves. For the last few years, Mark has been overwhelmed by the great response to his seminars at national conferences such as HOOT, Creative Painting in Las Vegas, NV, and World of Color Expo in Herndon, VA; and at the annual SDP Convention. Throughout the year, he teaches at scores of SDP Chapters and art associations all over the nation. You can also learn his techniques from an abundance of pattern packets, books and DVD’s. He has been married to his wife, Cathy, for 42 years, and they travel together, enjoying the wonderful support from devoted students, and always meeting new ones.

Contact Mark: menendezartstudio@yahoo.com
Website: www.menendezartstudio.com

Classes at HOOT:
Tuesday 7/16 - 745E
Wednesday 7/17 - 745A
Friday 7/19 - 745F
Fran Mittelstet
Fran took her first painting class in 1972 and soon after began her teaching career. She did tole painting and landscapes in oils for several years before switching to watercolor in the early ‘90s. She has been teaching at decorative painting conventions and painting clubs for about 10 years. Fran enjoys teaching beginners as well as more advanced painters. By taking seminars, she tries to keep learning new techniques and ideas to share with her students. She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, a dog and four cats.

Contact Fran: fran_mittelstet@hotmail.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 575B
Tuesday 7/16 - 575C
Wednesday 7/17 - 575A
Tina Sue Norris CDA, TDA
It seems Tina has always owned or been a part of art related groups and businesses. She has owned a ceramic shop, craft shops, painting studios, and been involved with several arts associations, as well as, worked in commercial related art. Tina has been a member of the Society of Decorative Painters for many years, beginning as a student, then an instructor and exhibitor at the SDP conventions. She is grateful to have been a student of Joan Johnson, Priscilla Hauser, Mary Jo Leisure, Vi Thurmond and many other very talented teachers. Along the way she has made many friends and learned to never stop learning! Tina found not the product, but the journey with other creative people, to be the best part of SDP.

Contact Tina: tinadesigns@comporium.net
Website: www.tinadesigns.com

Classes at HOOT:
Thursday 7/18 - 037B
Mark Polomchak
Born and raised in Northwestern Indiana, Mark now resides in Crown Point, Indiana. A 1975 graduate in Fine Art at Indiana University, he has exhibited his watercolors in various Fine Art Shows and galleries throughout the U.S. and Canada. Prior to attending Indiana U., Mark spent two years pursuing music at Franklin College before giving in to his true calling, watercolors. Mark’s heartwarming style is achieved through the simplicity and grace of his painting. He produces a wide range of images finding much of his inspiration in the serene lifestyle of the Amish, in the landscapes of the Midwest and the seascapes of New England. Mark’s variety of subject matter also includes contemporary florals, abstracts, southwest, and wildlife. Mark owns the Court Gallery located in Crown Point, Indiana. Originals and limited editions can be found in the gallery and at the major fine art showings throughout the country. Mark is a frequent traveler to art shows and has exhibited at many. He is a member of the Indiana Artist-Craftsman, the Hobart Art League, the Chesterton Art League and the Ann Arbor Guild of Artisans.

Contact Mark: mark@polomchak.com
Website: www.polomchak.com

Classes at HOOT:
Tuesday 7/16 - 506D
Wednesday 7/17 - 506G
Thursday 7/18 - 506F
2019 Educators
Lori Puszakowski-Schmidt
Lori loves art. She has been painting and drawing for the last 25 years. She has an Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree with a major in business. Her current occupation is cake decorating for Publix since 1999. Lori extends her creativity with freelance art projects throughout her community including hand-painted card lines, murals, commercial signs, and commissioned canvas paintings. She has become a National Painting Educator who loves to travel teach at painting conventions. She lives in Sarasota, Florida and continues to teach her appreciation of art.

Contact Lori: Secondher@aol.com
Facebook: Lori’s Art Page (group page)

Classes at HOOT:
Tuesday 7/16 722A
Thursday 7/18 722F
Judy Ribitch

Judy began painting in 1980 with a friend who signed up for oil classes. She has been painting ever since. With babies at home, and the toxicity of oils, Judy soon switched to acrylics and began teaching shortly afterwards. Judy has taken classes with many teachers and in many mediums over the years. She has a line of pattern packets under the name “Timber Ridge Designs”. She has been published in the Decorative Painter, Tole World, Pixelated Palette, Painting Ezine, the Painting Rag, and Painting Magazine. Judy is a travel teacher who has taught at HOOT, Oklahoma Painting Palooza, New England Traditions, Portland, and Seattle. She has attend almost all of the HOOT conventions over the years and has been teaching at HOOT for a long time. She is going to greatly miss HOOT.

Contact Judy: judy@ribitch.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 184B
Sonja Richardson

Sonja was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. She came to the U.S. when she married her husband. She has two sons; both are married with children. She has been teaching and designing for 45 years, thanks to all of the support from painters. Sonja has published numerous books, and patterns packets over the years. She shares a special thank you for her dear friend, Lorene Aucker, who has passed away. She was a HOOT member, who encourages her, believed in her, and supported her in all she does. Sonja has taught at most of the HOOT conventions throughout the years and has made many friends along the way.

Contact Sonja: sonjastreasures@aol.com

Classes at HOOT:
Tuesday 7/16 - 041B
Friday 7/19 - 041D
Cheri Rol, MDA
Cheri grew up in Southern California in the middle of a creative family. She has been involved with and loved the Arts from early in life. She was introduced to decorative painting by a neighbor while her children were young. It was “love at first brush stroke”. All along her journey she has been blessed with good teachers as role models and been provided opportunities to grow. She travel teaches across the U.S., Canada, Argentina, and Japan. She also teaches in Corydon, IN, near Louisville, KY, offering oil painting workshops/seminars throughout the year. Many of her pieces hang in private collections. Her work is displayed at the Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, IN. Cheri has huge support team led by her husband Larry, her children, her grandchildren, her students, and her church family. She feels blessed to be doing what she loves.

Contact Cheri: rolpub@cherirol.com
Website: www.cherirol.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 042M
Tuesday 7/16 - 042T
Thursday 7/18 - 042C
Laurie Speltz
Laurie is the owner and designer for her business, The Creative Coach. Laurie has spent over 25 years designing and creating products for the craft industry. She loves to incorporate new tools and techniques with her whimsical style. Her art constantly evolves, and she loves putting her own twist on things on current trends. She is known as a prolific painter with a competitive spirit. She incorporates all types of products but enjoys the use of paints, assorted mediums, inks, stamps and stencils to create her projects. Decorative Painting, Home Décor and Mixed Media projects allow her a great platform to combine her own techniques and products. Laurie has created or been a part of over 60 decorative painting books. She has produced hundreds of pattern packets and magazine articles. Her line of popular “Basecoat Stencils” numbers over 200 and continues to grow. Her custom stencil brushes are considered by many as “the best in the business”. She travel teaches around the country but also has an online “Creative Classroom” which allows her to provide online classes and workshops to people all over the world. She has a passion to share her knowledge and love for the industry. She believes that creating should be a fun process and strives to make her projects and process make people smile. Believe Me…? Laurie creates with paint and more!

Contact Laurie: lspeltz@aol.com
Website: www.lauriespeltz.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 252A
2019 Educators
Carol Spohn
Carol’s painting journey started in 1989 when she learned to paint with acrylics during her lunch hour. In 2000, she started painting primarily in transparent watercolor and her teaching career was launched. Carol is an Ambassador for Mission Gold Watercolor by Mijello and paints primarily with watercolor accented with multimedia. Her classes are a perfect opportunity for the beginner painter as well as the experienced painter to learn techniques enabling them to complete successful paintings. The creative backgrounds in Carol’s paintings set her artwork apart from other artists. Each lesson is designed to introduce the student to a new technique or way of looking at art. She is a popular instructor at decorative painting conventions sharing her joy of painting with watercolors and other media. A lifetime resident of Minnesota, Carol lives in a 125+ year old house in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband Coz and their two cats, Mickey and Bailey.

Contact Carol: carol@carolspohn.com
Website: www.carolspohn.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 548A
Wednesday 7/17 - 548D
Friday 7/19 - 548E
Lydia Steeves
Lydia is internationally known for her teaching style and for her portrayal of animals in several different mediums. Over the years, Lydia has published many books, patterns and DVDs in acrylic and colored pencil. She has online classes in both mediums also. She has a warm and supportive teaching style, and, because of that, she has travelled extensively sharing her expertise. She is able to help each student take their art to the next level. Experts or novices.... all anyone needs is to love animals and want to paint!

Contact Lydia: lsteeves@sympatico.ca
Website: www.lydiasteeves.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lydiasteevesart

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 600B
Tuesday 7/16 - 600F
Wednesday 7/17 - 600A
Pamela Stevens, TDA, CZT
Pam Stevens has been a decorative painter for over 30 years. She has worked and taught in a variety of mediums which include oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, all colored pencils, pen and ink, and Zentangle. For several years she has traveled the Eastern and Southern states selling cinnamon decorations and ornaments. She has received a TDA certification through the Society of Decorative Painters and a is a certified CZT (certified Zentangle teacher).

Contact Pamela: tangledinart@aol.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 710A
Wednesday 7/17 - 710C
Patty Stouffer
Patty was introduced to decorative painting in 1984. She opened her own shop in Akron, OH in 1994, “Patricia’s Decorative Arts Studio”. She has had the pleasure of teaching all over the U.S. at many chapter meetings, regional conventions, and SDP conventions. Although all of Patty’s designs are done in acrylic she has an oil background as well. This contributes to her looser and more impressionistic style of painting. Most of her designs are produced from actual set ups, photos, or are painted plein aire. She strives to convey the same sense of immediacy and emotion that she felt while either painting the scene or taking the photo.

Contact Patty: patty@pattykay.com
Website: www.pattykay.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 350B
Lisbeth Stull
Lisbeth has been painting since early childhood. Trying a variety of mediums and styles, she felt like Goldilocks looking for her “just right” fit! Lisbeth found tole and decorative acrylic painting in 1990 when she began taking a class with her mother at a local shop. She had always admired stroke work and rosemaling designs and knew, after the first class, that was where she needed to be. Through the years she has taken classes from a variety of teachers, from local classes to large conventions, and has challenged herself to attempt many painting methods. Lisbeth has taught classes close to home and looks forward to teaching at HOOT and the Raindrop Chapter Convention in Portland this year. In January 2012, Lisbeth launched her website selling her own designs to paint under the business name Cottage Caboodle. This design for her HOOT class is Lisbeth’s first published piece!

Contact Lisbeth: artsyfrtsy@nventure.com
Website: www.lisbethstull.com

Classes at HOOT:
Thursday 7/18 - 703B
2019 Educators
Maxine Thomas
Maxine has held a brush in hand for over 40 years. Her first class was taken while in Germany with her Army husband. She is the author/designer of the Country Primitives series of books and pattern packets and travel teaches both across the U.S. and abroad. She loves designing with a seasonal theme and using antiques she has collected over the years. Mostly, she just loves other painters who are some of the happiest people on earth!

Contact Maxine: stippler@aol.com
Website: www.countryprimativedesigns.com

Classes at HOOT:
Tuesday 7/16 - 498A
Rebecca Trimble
Rebecca has been painting for over 25 years, and teaching during most of that time. She currently lives in St. Augustine, Florida, (fun fact: the oldest city in the USA) with her four children and husband. Rebecca owns a busy store in Florida, “Urban Designs”, where custom-painted furniture is sold, and she teaches painting classes. She has been published in all the painting magazines, teaches at most all the national painting conventions, has many books and pattern packs available, and travel teaches. Two new books will be coming out soon!

Contact Rebecca: Rebecca@RebeccaTrimble.com
Website: www.RebeccaTrimble.com

Classes at HOOT:
Tuesday 7/16 - 675A
Wednesday 7/17 - 675B
Beth Wagner
Beth Wagner has had a lifelong love of art and design. She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and worked for 25 years as a staff fashion illustrator and then started her own free-lance business. She began giving painting lessons in retail stores such as Creativity and Michaels. Beth soon expanded to giving lessons in her home studio, while creating original designs. She also owned and operated a mural and furniture painting business specializing in residential and commercial work. Beth has been published in various magazines, online publications, and books. She presently teaches locally and travels to conventions regularly. International cruising has enabled Beth to combine her lifelong passions for art and travel as she has the privilege to teach painting to the passengers. Beth enjoys instilling creativity in her students and feels it is as important to the painter as technical knowledge.

Contact Beth: bethwagnerdesigns@yahoo.com
Website: www.designsatbethwagner.com

Classes at HOOT:
Monday 7/15 - 461A 461C
Tuesday 7/16 - 461D
Wednesday 7/17 - 461B
Robert Warren
One of the most Prolific Artist and Instructors in today's World of Art, Robert has been a professional artist for over 40 years. Although having a great knowledge of Art History and Old World techniques from college, his very popular Ala Prima, wet into wet, style of painting and teaching has basically been self-taught and evolved over the span of his career. He has been painting since he was five years old but was greatly influenced by the late William Alexander, mentor and great friend. His own Studio and Gallery, ROBERT WARREN'S ART LOFT, is located in Canal Winchester, Ohio where he teaches monthly seminars and workshops to beginning through advanced students from around the world. Also, he has an International and national traveling schedule due to a 25-year span of over 200 PBS painting shows, authored several books and hundreds of instructional packets. This will be the 38th year teaching at the HOOT convention.

Contact Robert: robertwarrensartloft@gmail.com
Website: www.robertwarrenartloft.com

Classes at HOOT:
Tuesday 7/16 - 050B
Wednesday 7/17 - 050C
Judy Westegaard-Jenkins, CDA
Painting and creating are near and dear to Judy’s heart....it just isn't her career, it is her lifestyle! She hates to admit it, but she is an old timer in the painting world. She moved to Canada from South Dakota 2012 and married a Canadian the following year. She has duel citizenship with Canada in the US. Judy has made so many new friends in Canada through the shared love of painting. She has been teaching painting for 40 years and has traveled the globe sharing her love of painting with lots of enthusiastic painters. Privileged to participate in many fun adventures, she has authored over 25 books and videos, as well as loads of pattern packets, taught online classes, written for many painting industry publications, worked as a company spokesperson, art director and designed dinnerware as well as products for the gift and the craft industry. Judy was thrilled to serve as the Society of Decorative Painter's Convention Artist in 2017.

Contact Judy: jkwestegaard@aol.com
Website: www.judithwestegaarddesigns.com

Classes at HOOT:
Wednesday 7/17 - 480B
Thursday 7/18 - 480A