Eve has lived in Germany, the U.K. and moved all over the U.S. with her family as a child. Eve has a B.S. degree in Marketing and an MBA and worked in the medical industry in the U.S. and in Europe until she had her children and moved to Florida. Although she had a busy work life, Eve would take art classes in the evenings to unleash her need for creativity which brought a sense of contentment. Eve has lived in Florida for 15 years and has focused her life on learning from master artists further her craft. She began teaching art to neighborhood children when her babies were young and wanting to be creative and she now enjoys teaches art and yoga to adults.
Eve aspires to develop the painting skills of beginner and intermediate painters who want to learn how to create realistic and expressive still life paintings and landscapes with oil or acrylics. Eve strives to translate what she learns from the masters and translate key practices and theory into creative projects which enable students to create lovely paintings. Eve explores different painting techniques with each artist and helps students learn how to develop a painter’s process to empower their own artistic development.
Award winning artist, Joyce Gabiou has polished her skills as a multi media artist over the last 40 years. Throughout that time, her style has changed immensely, from realism to abstract, which she attributes to her constant study, passion and attention to her art.
She has studied with many well-known national and international artists.
Joyce sometimes finds subject matter is secondary to the tools that she uses. Color, shape and design are what guide her toward completion.
Creativity needs to be shared and Joyce enjoys teaching mixed media and experimental painting, inspiring others with their own creativity.
Her “Art of Layering” abstract classes feature collage papers, lost & found items & acrylic paint.
They are fun workshops & students always leave smiling!
Catherine Hillis has always been an achiever in the arts. She won awards for her artwork as a child and was an accomplished musician in high school and college. As a youngster, she acted and modeled in print and television ads, later majoring in Theatre at the University of Georgia. She knew she would always be involved in the arts in some way.
She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude, from the University of Georgia and continued her Master of Fine Art studies at the University of Texas. Her husband’s career took her to different cities, finally settling in the Virginia and Washington D.C. area, where she established her reputation as a fine art water color artist. She recently moved to St. Simons Island, on the coast of southern Georgia, to continue her work, inspired by the low country, the beach and the spirit of the area.
Hillis works both in the studio and outdoors. During the past few years, the artist has traveled extensively to plein air competitions, fulfilling her love for painting nature and history. She is drawn to scenes that are often forgotten or neglected and finds the intrinsic beauty in them. Hillis believes that observation is her best teacher and she is known for the effect of light and movement in her work.
Hillis has won hundreds of awards and honors at competitive shows regionally and nationally. She has earned eight Signature Memberships from national watercolor organizations and was one of 40 elected members of the prestigious Washington Society of Landscape Painters. The artist regularly competes in international watercolor exhibitions as well as plein air competitions and invitational shows. She served as artist in residence in Dinan, France (2007), and at Hot Springs National Park (2010).
Catherine Hillis is also a respected instructor teaching classes and workshops, nationally and internationally. Her watercolor paintings are included in museum, corporate and personal collections and has been published in many venues, including Plein Air Magazine, American Artist Magazine, Splash 12, Splash 14, Splash 18, the Artistic Touch series of water-media books, The Washington Post, the Best of America Watercolor Artists & Artisans, Volume 1 and the Best of Virginia Artists & Artisans 2005. Her article "Ten Tools for Better Watercolors" was published in American Artist Magazine in September, 2006. You may see Hillis teaching a series of brief watercolor lessons on MonkeySee.com.
Christin Nicole is a Riverside resident and Calligraphy/Lettering Artist. Also a creative author and poet, she has been passionate about the art of writing for her entire life. She uses her love of words and syntax to tie into her creative expression that allows readers to be visually stimulated while reading. You can view her work at local shoppes, restaurants, cafes, and breweries. She teaches business management courses for a living and uses her professional coordinating experience in her art classes.
Christin’s lettering romance will ignite a fire in all attendees for the art of creating beautiful words. Beginner writers will enjoy her easy-to-learn techniques that create a comfortable approach to starting their calligraphy journey.
Inspired by a trip to Vienna, Ted began painting in 2001. In May, 2006, American Artist magazine featured Ted’s work and the story of his successfully launching into watercolor. He was later published in the best of watercolor series, SPLASH 11and SPLASH 16, the Best of America Watercolor Artists & Artisians, as well as several other publications, and is a Signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society. Ted has also won several “Best of” and 1st place awards, and is a popular workshop instructor. An avid kayaker, his oil paintings and watercolors show a fascination with light and color, depicting nature’s beauty, wildlife, pets, and people.
Originally from South Florida, Nico is a Jacksonville, FL based artist, creative director, and youth empowerment enthusiast. After attending the BaK Middle School of the Arts and the Dreyfoos High School of the Arts in South Florida, she moved to Jacksonville to study at the University of North Florida. She left UNF after a few years to focus on art, and has since painted murals around the whole city, and developed various mural and arts initiatives including the Kid’s Mural Project, through which she leads students in designing and painting murals in Title 1 schools of Duval County. The Kid's Mural Project also serves local artist by providing paid opportunities to help them expand their portfolios, and gain recognition & exposure. Nico's main focus is providing creative support for children and residents in Jacksonville from all over the city as a means to uplift and inspire communities in need. Nico also seeks to aid other artists in the progression of their individual careers. Beyond working with children, communities in need, and fellow artists, her current personal focus is on creative direction in various forms, progressive mural productions, and exploration of new mediums of expression.
Larry Leach- Biography
Larry Leach taught painting and drawing for Louisiana State University during the seventies and eighties and Lamar University in Texas during the nineties. He holds a graduate degree in painting from NSU
in Louisiana. Larry’s work for the last thirty years has mostly been concerned with the rendering of the
landscape in oils. His favorite theme is the first strong light of dawn and the last strong rays of sunset that rake
across an unhampered landscape. He is a studio painter and works from memory or watercolour sketches.
Selected collections of his work include: The Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Alexandria Museum of Art in
Louisiana, President George and Barbara Bush, Brevard Museum of Art in Melbourne, Florida, Four 4 x 22
paintings for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Florida State Department of Health, Florida State
Department of Revenue, and the Kaiser Corporation Headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.Leach’s work can be also viewed in Several galleries in Florida, Georgia and Texas.
Robert Leedy is a painter who concentrates in the medium of watercolor. He holds a BFA in Painting & Drawing from Valdosta State University. Upon graduation, he worked in graphic design and the fine wine industry before painting full time. Robert lived throughout the Caribbean, Europe and South America and traveled extensively before returning to his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida in 2010. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. His painting, “Ocean & Ahern” was published in Splash 14. He is a member of the National Watercolor Society and The Florida Watercolor Society. A big portion of his work is done en plein aire and he is active with The First Coast Plein Air Painters in North Florida. He teaches classes locally and yearly workshops in Italy. Since 2017, Leedy has been voted one of the Best Art Teachers in Jacksonville by Expertise.com. Robert works on location and out of his studio in The CoRK Arts District in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood. His work can be seen at www.robertleedywatercolors.com
“My paintings are a celebration of the intrinsic qualities of watercolor – fluidity, transparency, vibrant and granulating color. My goal is that viewers immediately recognize the works as watercolor. I also strive to pique their visual interest.
My response to light is quite evident in my work. I think that is a big factor in what draws people to it. Color & light are the important common denominators in my work as a watercolor painter. Whether the subject is architectural, figurative, a landscape, still life or non-representational – bold, often pure, luminous color reigns throughout the composition.
The unpredictability of the medium attracts me. I enjoy the unexpected decisions and challenges that arise during the painting process. I enjoy the discovery process and quirky nature of the medium and give it room to lead the direction of the painting to some extent. Keeping it spontaneous and open for forks in the road, I am merely a guide for a wonderful medium.
Martha Lever has been painting in various mediums for over 25 years but for the past 8 years has painted exclusively in oils. As an oil painter, she leans toward a bright palette but experiments with many different combinations of colors and textures, which leads to her impressionistic style.
Martha started her artist journey as a calligrapher and lettering artist over 35 years ago. In her desire to create interesting, colorful, and textural backgrounds for her calligraphic letter forms, her art expanded into the mixed media genre using watercolor, acrylics and collage. She has taught various workshops in calligraphic lettering and watercolor painting at Reddi-Arts and in other locations in the southeast and currently has 12 ongoing online classes.
Throughout the years, her art has been shown in various galleries, exhibits and museums. For Martha, art is an ongoing journey of experimentation, color, loose expressive brush strokes, and most of all--- fun.
Gordon Meggison lives in Jacksonville and was educated at Jacksonville University. In 1992, his French Light/Florida Light art show was hosted by the Sisters Cities Association of Jacksonville and Nantes, France, featuring "pleine aire" watercolors. He now paints full time and teaches watercolor, oils, and acrylics.
I was drawing ever since I could hold a pencil. My mother recognized my talent, and encouraged me to start my journey on the long road of art education. In the early teens, I enrolled in a college level art school. Then I was accepted at National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture of Ukraine. After achieving my Masters in Painting. Right after I began teaching college level art classes. Working as a college faculty for 12 years I decided to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California.
My earlier work was representational, with some abstract elements. Looking back, I can see that abstraction was always present in one form or the other in many of my paintings.
During my education, I struggled to find a happy median between my academic education and abstract art that intrigued me. I was attempting to merge two styles of art, realistic and non-realistic. Then was I decided to move away from figurative art completely and devoted all my time to abstract paintings.
Pablo F. Rivera is a painter, photographer, sculptor whose love for watercolor goes back to high school where 2 art teachers introduced him to the medium. He is a graduate of Cooper Union Art School in New York City after which he took several workshops in photography and painting at The School of Visual Arts and The Educational Alliance. Pablo worked as a graphic designer and photographer up to his retirement in 2001. His work has been exhibited at several venues in the northeast as well as in Florida where he has shown at The Museum of Contemporary Art and The Cummer Museum. Workshops with Charles Reid, Mary White and Don Andrews enriched his watercolor vocabulary. I confess to being a watercolor groupie, love to take on the challenges the medium offers and need to share the excitement and the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years.
Allison Watson is well known for her landscape paintings of Florida and the South East. She began her professional career as a studio artist in her early twenties. As a native Floridian, the inspiration for her paintings come from her love of the natural environment and her travels and explorations in the woodlands, lakes, spring, dunes and beaches of Florida. She paints from her own photography taken on location in Florida and internationally. She has had over twenty one solo exhibitions including shows at major Universities and Museums and many group shows. Some collectors include the First District Court of Appeals Tallahassee (2 works), Jacksonville Office of the Mayor, Baptist Medical Centers (3 works). Amazon Exhibitions, The U.S. Embassy in Panama, Bell South, The Jacksonville Libraries, Marriott Hotels, South Trust Bank, The Haskell and the Vickers collections as well as many others. Her work appears in many independent publications as well.
Ms Watson is on the teaching staff of the Cummer Museum of Art and other venues. She also teaches private classes and workshops state wide. For information on classes please refer to the web site or contact the artist. Allison Watson’s work is represented in more than six hundred private, public and corporate collections nationally. She has also worked as an animator, illustrator, textile artist, and art teacher and as a licensed interior designer. Her work is available at her studio and through affiliated galleries.
After receiving an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University, William McMahan moved to Jacksonville in 2012 and began teaching with the Art League of Jacksonville. He currently manages the Murray Hill Art Center for ALJ and teaches and oversees many classes for the organization. William has also been teaching a range of drawing classes at Reddi Arts since 2013 and he has recently started monthly workshops with MOCA. William historically produces surrealistic representational drawings and etchings, but he has also been working on a series of abstract brush pen drawings for over a year.