Meet Our Instructors

Instructor: Mary Anderson
Classes: Printmaking, Watercolors

Mary Anderson earned her degree in art from the University of Washington and has been painting in watercolor for over 25 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge in this as well as the art of drawing to her students. Mary drew inspiration through the watercolors of artists such as John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer.

Luxuriating in the interplay of color, light and atmosphere, Mary paints the natural world around us – rural scenes, still life, flowers, water and boats. Mary is a member of Women Painters of Washington.

Instructor: Meredith Arnold
Classes: Jewelry, Metal, Clay, Mixed Media, Bookbinding
Meredith Arnold, known as the Comedian Artist, is the Director of ArtWorks, and has developed a career as a professional teaching artist at colleges, universities and events around the U.S. and in Europe. She offers video based classes online with and

She began as a painter and photographer and continues to incorporate paint and photographic imagery into her work whether it is jewelry, collage, or books. Her work has been featured in many books and magazines and exhibited internationally. Two of her handmade books are part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts collection in Suzallo Library at the University of Washington. Current work may be seen at the Gallery at Towne Center, in Lake Forest Park, WA and Tacoma Metal Arts Center, Tacoma, WA.

Instructor: Caroline Buchanan
Classes: Watercolor
Caroline has a BA in Art History, graduating with honors from Wellesley College, and a Masters in Teaching in Art from Western Region College. She is a past president of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society. Her paintings are in hundreds of public and private collections, including a 1% for Art Commission for the library of the Oregon Institute of Technology and the American Embassy in Honduras. A sampling of her original paintings may be viewed at Island Studios.

She has been teaching watercolor to adults for almost thirty years. She has taught outdoor workshops every summer since the late 70’s and in the winter teaches a number of classes on Orcas Island and in Friday Harbor, Bellingham, Edmonds and Seattle.

Instructor: Nilia Fajardo
Classes: Drawing
In the summer of 2017 she started exploring alcohol inks, its versatility and challenges. “Infinite possibilities” is the preferred description of her work. “Why should I be restricted to one subject, style or medium? The thrill of learning and executing a new skill, going further and incorporating that new skill set into another existing one is invaluable. The excitement of the challenge has influenced me to push my limits because I was not satisfied with just painting in oil, or acrylic. Why should I stop there?”
Instructor: Brigitte Hefferan
Classes: Calligraphy
Brigitte Hefferan teaches calligraphy classes locally as well as traveling to calligraphy guilds to teach workshops. A member of Write on Calligraphers, she teaches at Letters of Joy, their regional letter arts annual conference.

As a free-lance artist, she accepts commissions and explores ways to combine her passion for lettering with her watercolors and oils. Her work has been exhibited at the WA State Convention Center in Seattle, Mountlake Terrace’s “Arts of the Terrace” show, in the ArtsNow Gallery at the Edmonds Conference Center and the Two Vaults Gallery in Tacoma.

Instructor: Lisa JonesMoore
Classes: Encaustic & Mixed Media
Lisa JonesMoore, a formally trained graphic designer and “en plein air” painter, holds a BFA from Colorado State University. She creates and teaches out of her studios near Seattle, Washington, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her inspiration comes from Nature, Latin American culture, the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and her travels into the heart of Mexico. Lisa thoroughly enjoys teaching the art of encaustic painting and mixed media techniques to both beginners and those with previous experience. She is the founder of the group WOW! (Wax On Washington). To find out more about Lisa’s customized classes in the United States and Mexico, or to join her e-newsletter mailing list, please contact her.
Instructor: Bill Ray
Classes: Photography
Bill is an award winning photographer and instructor whose photos have been in juried art shows like the Edmonds Arts Festival and Shack Art Center Everett.  His images capture beauty in the natural world for its own sake, to keep us in touch with the planet in our increasingly urbanized world.  As an instructor he enjoys demystifying technical material for non-technical people.

Bill is a lifelong photographer, starting with the Ansel Adams Zone System as a teenager.  An early Photoshop user from scanned film, he switched to full digital in 2006, delighted to find his arts avocation had converged with his computer engineering profession.  He is an active member of ArtistsConnect Edmonds and Seattle Photographic Society.

Instructor: Nan Robkin
Classes: Mixed Media
As a published artist with many talents (including a PHD), Nan is known for her extensive knowledge on the properties of different mediums. She is a Certified Master Porcelain Artist, and creates works in watercolors, digital collage, paper arts, polymer clay, mixed water media and more.

Her artist books are part of the permanent collection in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Book Arts section of the Suzallo Library at University of Washington. Nan’s extensive teaching past includes faculty positions at Seattle Pacific University and Discover U as well as events such as ‘Letters of Joy’, the annual regional calligraphy conference.

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