Instructors

Kelly McGrath

Director of Education at R&F Handmade Paints

Kelly part of the regular staff at R&F Handmade paints and the organizer of workshop activities. She is available to answer all questions relating to workshops via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or over the phone at 1-800-206-8088. 

Throughout the year Kelly also enjoys teaching in Assemblage and other classes that delve into 3D and sculpting techniques. 

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Laura Moriarty

R&F Instructor in Kingston NY

Laura Moriarty creates sculptural paintings, prints and installations that resonate with the geologic. A lifelong resident of the Hudson River Valley, Laura currently lives in Rosendale NY and teaches at R&F Handmade Paints. Before taking up encaustic, Laura received training in hand papermaking and printmaking from Women's Studio Workshop. Laura's work is exhibited extensively throughout the US and abroad, and is included in many public and private collections.

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Lisa Pressman

R&F Instructor in Kingston NY

and other locations through the R&F Core program

Lisa Pressman, American abstract painter, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1958. She earned her BA in Art from Douglass College, Rutgers University and her MFA from Bard College. Her work focuses on a visual synthesis of stored and personal memory. Lisa’s paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the USA and internationally.

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Wayne Montecalvo

R&F Instructor in Kingston NY

Wayne Montecalvo is a multi-disciplinary artist whose wide-ranging works include mixed media prints, paintings, sculpture, video and collaborative street performance. Wayne received a BFA in Sculpture from the School of Visual Arts.  His work has been widely exhibited and he has been Artist-in-Residence at the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, the Vermont Studio Center, Women’s Studio Workshop and the John Michael Kohler Arts in Industry Program.  

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Cynthia Winika

R&F Instructor in Kingston NY

Cynthia Winika is a multi-media artist who has shown her work in museums and galleries in the US and abroad. She is the principle encaustic instructor for R&F Handmade Paints and has been teaching nationally and internationally for over 20 years. She has received grants from the Women's Studio Workshop and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her paintings are featured in:  Authentic Visual Voices by Catherine Nash, upcoming: Abstract Art by Dean Nimmer, and The Art of Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera., Collage Sourcebook for Rockport Press, Experimental Printmaking and Installations by Alexa Tala. She has work in many collections including The Museum of Modern Art in NYC and many University artist book collections.

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Leslie Giuliani

R&F Instructor in Kingston NY

and other locations through the R&F Core program

Leslie Giuliani has a rather eclectic artistic background. Having graduated with a B.F.A. in drawing, oil painting and photography, she continued her studies in a variety of media including fresco, egg tempera, digital embroidery and encaustic. She has worked with textile handcrafts since childhood.

Ms. Giuliani has been an arts instructor for over 25 years, specializing in encaustic and the materials of making artwork. She has taught privately, at arts centers, colleges and museums. Her work is in the collections of the State of Connecticut and The Hall-Brooke Institute for Behavioral Studies. Her paintings have been featured in two international encaustic biennial exhibitions and she has exhibited widely. In 2008, she was the recipient of an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

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Dorothy Cochran

Visiting Instructor at R&F in Kingston, NY

Dorothy Cochran is an accomplished printmaker, who pushes the boundaries of how to create works on paper.  She has developed innovative ways to work and layer substrates, creating prints of luminous quality. She is acknowledged for her expertise and broad command of multiple print methods. A two-time recipient of a NJ State Arts fellowship, she has taught at Columbia University, City University of New York, Manhattan Graphics Center, and is currently faculty at The Montclair Art Museum, NJ.

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David A. Clark

Visiting Instructor at R&F in Kingston, NY

David A. Clark is a multi-disciplinary artist whose career has encompassed both visual and performance based work. David exhibits nationally, recently showing work at venues such as the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Cape Cod Museum of Art and Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson and Jorge Mendez Gallery in Palm Springs. David’s work is in the permanent collections of the Process Museum, the Hunterdon Art Museum and numerous corporate and private collections. His encaustic print work has been published and featured in Art in Print Magazine, Encaustic from Schiffer Publishing, Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic by Catherine Nash and Encaustic Works 2012 published by R & F Handmade Paints.

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Jeffrey Hirst

Visiting Instructor at R&F in Kingston, NY

Jeffrey Hirst has exhibited his work throughout the United States since the early 1990’s.  His work has been showcased at national and international venues including the Minneapolis Institute of Art; The Holter Museum, Helena, Montana; McLean Project for the Art, McLean, VA; ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL; McKinney Contemporary, Dallas, TX and Palazzo Dell’ Annunziata, Matera, Italy. He has been a visiting artist at universities around the United States conducting encaustic and printmaking workshops and has taught encaustic classes at Grand Maris Art Colony in MN, The Encaustic Center in TX, LaGrange Art League in IL, and The 6th International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA.

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Karen Freedman

Visiting Instructor at R&F in Kingston, NY

Karen Freedman is recognized for her vibrant abstract geometric paintings that explore the interaction of color and its ability to alter perception. She combines that with her career-long fascination with patterns and attention to detail. Karen began her formal training studying jewelry design at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She then went on to build a successful graphic design business followed by her immersion in the fine arts.

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Sarah Rehmer

R&F Regional Instructor in La Grange, IL and Fishcreek, WI 

Sarah Rehmer was born and still resides in the western suburbs of Chicago. Rehmer received at B.A. in Graphic Design and Photography from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She began working with the deconstructed book as metaphor for memory while auditing a course at Dominican post graduation. Sarah's work has been shown around the US and is in Institutional and Corporate collections in Illinois and New York. She is a recent Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grant recipient and has been a visiting artist at numerous high schools and colleges around the Chicago area.

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Caryl St. Ama

R&F Instructor in Kingston NY

and other locations through the R&F Core program

Caryl St. Ama has always seen the world through painter's eyes.  No surface was ever safe around her; sooner rather than later it would get painted or collaged.  Having worked with oil, water media; transparent and opaque, acrylic, mixed media and even some printmaking and installation; she was finally turned on to encaustic and hasn't looked back.  She was raised on the Gulf Coast in Kemah, Texas.  She concentrated on three dimensional paintings involving raw wool felting for her undergraduate show at Texas State University in San Marcos and was inspired by weather phenomena for her Master of Fine Art thesis show at Claremont Graduate University.  Today she's a tenured professor at Glendale College where she teaches Painting and Life Drawing and directs the Gallery program.  She maintains an active, professional art studio in South Pasadena, California.

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Julie Snidle

R&F Core Instructor

Once a corporate training administrator, Julie now prefers to spend time in her art studio. With a degree in Elementary Education she has taught art professionally in the classroom and continues to teach art workshops in the greater St. Louis area and around the U.S. Largely self-taught in a variety of mixed media techniques, Julie has studied encaustic intensively since 2004 and is a Core Support Instructor for R&F Handmade Paints. Julie is a member of the Encaustic Art Institute, International Encaustic Artists, and Art St. Louis. She attends the International Encaustic Conference held annually in Provincetown, MA. Her work has appeared in juried shows in St. Louis and in private galleries across the country. A native of Minneapolis, Julie resides in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, Will.

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Michelle Belto

R&F Core Instructor

Michelle Belto is a full-time studio artist and international instructor. She authored a book about her signature process, encaustic and oil on custom handmade paper forms, Wax and Paper Workshop (North Light Press, 2012) and two instructional videos demonstrating encaustic painting process. (North Light Press, 2013)  She has exhibited widely, most recently in Sydney, Australia, and her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections. She currently lives in the Texas hill country with her husband and a menagerie of furry creatures. 

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Cari Hernandez

R&F Core Instructor

Cari Hernandez was born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California. She studied fine art photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Prior to becoming a full-time studio artist, Cari operated and owned a commercial photography studio for 7 years in San Francisco, CA.

As a full-time artist Cari teaches, lectures, and shows her work in the US and abroad. She is also a founding board member of International Encaustic Artists (IEA), and served as the creator and director of the first three annual retreat & conferences in Carmel Valley, CA. Her teaching methods are featured in two instructional DVDs as well as several publications.

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