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Meet the Artists

Andy Skinner

Andy Skinner

Andy Skinner is an established mixed media artist and tutor who teaches regular workshops all over the world. Andy is an accomplished painter and ceramicist but is best known for his "industrial gothic" altered art and assemblage pieces. His unique style is edgy, dark, and enigmatic, pushing the boundaries of the medium with new and innovative techniques. Born and raised in Oxford, England, Andy was interested in art from a young age, and the influence of his parents is obvious in his artistic style. His mother, a watercolour artist, encouraged Andy's love of paints, while his father, an engineer with a knack for constructing amazing toys and gadgets from found objects, inspired the quirky and 3D elements of his altered art pieces. Since giving up his successful ceramics business, Andy has immersed himself in the mixed media world he loves. He works as executive creative consultant for DecoArt, Inc., using his expertise to develop its innovative Media line of products, and is also a product designer for Stampendous and Tando Creative.

Brenda Brown

Brenda Brown

I have designed and created things all my life, even as a child in primary school. I can remember designing patterns and images for my cross-stitching, and it was my Mum who taught me how to knit and to use a sewing machine. As I got older, I loved observational drawing and studied oil painting and general art at college. As a teacher I loved taking my classes of children out into the environment to draw and look for examples of art and architecture; we always made our own books to keep our topic work in. This kept me going through my teaching years as there wasn't much time to explore my personal creative side. But since retiring, I have been able to have the luxury of designing, creating, and making in my workroom much more. I now run a challenge blog; design and run workshops for an online craft shop; and teach in the south of the UK at various places. I would say my style is vintage shabby but with much more of a mixed media stance these days. I am married with two grown-up children and three granddaughters who are the love of my life. I love new beginnings and becoming a member of the DecoArt mixed media team is now leading me into the next stage of my exciting creative journey.

Candy Colwell

Candy Colwell

Hello from the heartland! I live in Springfield, Missouri, with my husband of almost 41 years. Our two children and four grandchildren live very close by, so I can “make art” with my grandkids.
I have loved all forms of art as long as I can remember. Color, shape, and texture have always intrigued me. Most often drawn to heirloom, nostalgic, and vintage things, in the past few years I have eagerly immersed myself in mixed media, where I have found my true passion lies.
Andy Skinner is revolutionizing mixed media with his amazing techniques of illusion using his new DecoArt Media products. If you can conceive it, you can create it!
This mixed media world of almost anything goes really allows anyone to freely create with all sorts of mediums. It’s a very freeing experience to mix all sorts of genres into one cohesive piece.
My work has been published in magazines and on various websites. I love to share what I learn on each and every project I create. I am probably best known for my lengthy pictorial tutorials. This way, I cannot only teach in a classroom setting, but also online. I try to be a versatile artist, creating anything from dimensional home décor pieces to art journal pages. I am so honored to have done design work and guest artist spots for some wonderful companies. Thank you, DecoArt for allowing me to be a part of your “family”. This is a truly amazing place to be!

Claudia Neubacher

Claudia Neubacher

I have been creating since I could first hold a pencil. "Plumps" were the first creatures that filled my drawing sheets and gave me that wonderful feeling of being an almighty "creator". They actually were clumsily drawn circles with added strokes all around that resembled the legs (or arms?). But to me, they were my first creations, and that filled me with immense pride and happiness. Today, about 46 years later, I find that I still have moments when I feel like that...they are more seldom, of course...and therefore even more precious to me. And isn't this what being creative really is all about?

Diane Salter

Diane Salter

I've been a crafter all of my life, but found my true passion with mixed media art 10 years ago. I like using lots of color in my art and experimenting with different techniques and mediums. My main loves at the moment are collaging with my painted papers and also assemblage art using forgotten items from the past…so if you don't find me at an art store, then you'll be sure to find me at the local flea market.

Elly Pirally

Elly Pirally

I joined the crafting world via YouTube with my first creations of mini books in 2010. I started as a paper crafter and discovered the world of mixed media as I found Michael DeMeng and Andy Skinner. After celebrating my first online workshop with Andy Skinner, I was infected, creating art with acrylic paints and all the unlimited possibilities with upcycling and altered art. I love to create art of any style with whatever I can get my hands on.

Hannah Oxberry

Hannah Oxberry

I live in the beautiful Norfolk (UK) countryside with my two cats. A dear friend encouraged me to begin painting again and introduced me to mixed media and DecoArt. I discovered a world of endless possibilities and was instantly hooked. I like to create feminine pieces with a quirky and grungy vibe!

Joi Schultz

Joi Schultz

Howdy from Joi@RR in Texas! The “RR” is our ranch brand. I am an artist because I love to encourage others! Seems to me like art can reach people in every aspect of their lives; touch every emotion; and restore hope, love, and freedom to hearts. Whether folks "see" art or whether folks "do" art…it becomes an outlet of renewal and joy for them. I also love to encourage folks with little love notes on blogs, social media, and personally. I don't strive to find happiness…I strive to find contentment, which makes life joyously sweet. I am blessed in so many ways and thankful for the opportunity to do my art. Working with DecoArt Media is an extremely high honor for me for which I am grateful.

Jools Robertson

Jools Robertson

My creative journey started very young…Apparently, some of my first words were cut up! I wanted to get my hands on the scissors to make something. Then there was the time aged four when I painted the carpet in the middle of the night with gloss paint! My parents were both artistic and very understanding! I work as a textile designer, which I love, creating bespoke designs for interior projects. I’m constantly creative and get inspiration from lots of sources, particularly architecture and fabrics. I rediscovered the love of paint, particularly acrylics, when I met a guy called Andy Skinner a few years ago. It’s just grown from there, with some fantastic opportunities like this one. I love all types of arts and crafts, particularly working with paint, mouldings, die cutting, stamps, and textiles, always with lots of colour and texture. May the journey continue.

Julia Stratford-Wright

Julia Stratford-Wright

My home is in the east of England in the UK. I started out by trying to be a perfect stamper and getting very cross with the results! One day I went to an Andy Skinner class with my sister. It was a real light bulb moment. I realized that mixed media was the way to go for me. I love paint, stamps (but not perfectly applied!), ink, texture, and crackle. Gelli plate printing has also been a revelation, and I often combine pieces of prints in my work. I love to use found objects in my work; I can often be found on the beach with my dog, looking for treasures.

Kate Crane

Kate Crane

Hi! I live in the north of England, UK. Like many of us, I began life as a neat and clean card maker before I discovered mixed media art. I am passionate about mixed media, especially art journaling. I teach mixed media art and art journaling classes in various locations and also teach online. I have been lucky enough to be published in various art magazines, and have also produced DVDs on mixed media art journaling. My favourite thing is colour, colour, and colour!

Katy Leitch

Katy Leitch

I started crafting over 12 years ago and, looking back, I guess it was a kind of therapy at a difficult time. Little did I know that it would turn into a lifelong obsession...My work is quite eclectic, but my signature “things” are probably texture, layers, and rubber stamping. I genuinely love working with DecoArt products, so this is a dream team for me

Kitty Miller

Kitty Miller

Kitty Miller is a mixed media artist who grew up in sunny Northern California; raised by her grandparents, she was immersed in the arts. Born in the late 60‘s, she feels like she was culturally blessed: she got to see so much art and live performance. She is the mother of a grown son and has a pug that she loves to the moon and back. Her husband is her best friend. Kitty was a fifth grade teacher prior to becoming a professional artist. She has always been interested in art and done art. She has also taught sewing and quilting classes in the past. Once she discovered mixed media painting, she was hooked, however. She specializes in vivid portraits of animals, people, and birds. She uses layers and layers of dreamy fluid acrylic paints almost like watercolors. She makes incredible jewelry and uses resin boldly. She also enjoys assemblage and collage; she really just does it all. Once she discovered mixed media, she really found her calling and never looked back. DecoArt is just such a good fit for her as she already utilizes and loves its products. She is excited and grateful to have been chosen for the DecoArt design team for 2017.
She is illustrating children’s books. (Her first book is in publishing right now.) She enjoys teaching locally, traveling to teach at retreats, and just sharing art with others who love it as much as she does.
Kitty currently teaches with the Art and Soul Retreats and is working on a new retreat in Hawaii.
A cancer survivor, she is a true fighter. She believes in love and thinks that through art we can touch people and bring them to peace.
Kitty also enjoys being an advocate for abused women and started two shelters with a couple of other friends; the shelters were then donated to the community. She also believes that art can heal communities and bring people together.

Mark Gould

Mark Gould

I started crafting in 2010 after Andy Skinner introduced me to DecoArt paints and mixed media. I fell in love with the possibilities and effects that could be created by learning different techniques and the freedom it granted. I have enjoyed teaching a range of mixed media classes using the DecoArt range in the UK and USA and hope to be able to teach further afield in the future. I try to mix my styles up but always love returning to industrial/grungy and shabby styles.

Maura Hibbits

Maura Hibbits

I've joyously jumped to the right side of my brain and am playing with color. It all started when I was a kid sitting under the tree in the backyard, drawing; but now my muse inspires me to work in mixed media and steampunk. I am proud to be on some fantastic design teams! I also enjoy life with my family in the Adirondack region of New York. Travel, gardening, and reading make me a happy camper, and I am still fascinated by clouds and rocks from my years teaching earth science.

Norma Gomez

Norma Gomez

I’m totally in love with all things creative from art to literature and music. It all started when I was about nine years old. I was inspired by my big brother who was taking art in high school. He’s an amazing artist, and I wanted to be just like him so I began sketching. Thirty years later, I’m still at it! These days my medium of choice is paint. I enjoy creating with bright vivid colors and lots of texture. My artwork is usually inspired by either music or literature and always has a bohemian vibe. Well, at least I think so, lol. I look forward to sharing my art and creative process with you.

Stephanie Ackerman

Stephanie Ackerman

Creating a Life that Reflects my Dreams, Living A Life that Defines my Purpose.

Shawn Petite

Shawn Petite

It's my passion to encourage and love you on your journey. To help you create beautiful art or create inspiring spaces with my original pieces.Lets ignite the spark of creativity together

Tracy Easson

Tracy Easson

My passion for crafting was born many years ago sitting in my Gran and Di`s house, playing with empty matchboxes to create little towns and vehicles whilst my Gran sat knitting multi-coloured tank tops from leftover wool. I’m never happier than when I have a paintbrush in my hand, adding texture, layers, and magical colours to bring my whimsical drawings to life. I feel so lucky to have had my work published and for the opportunity to work on a number of design teams, always learning, feeling inspired. Last year saw my whimsical doodles transformed into a stamp collection called Wonky Tonks; I am still pinching myself yet! Excited beyond words to be back with DecoArt Media this year; looking forward to the journey.

Tracy Weinzapfel

Tracy Weinzapfel

Tracy Weinzapfel owns and operates her art studio, Tracy Weinzapfel Studios. She is a full-time licensed mixed media artist who hosts a show on the internet called Mixed Media Monday and has a passion for teaching/sharing her love for painting to encourage all to exercise their creative side! Her great joy is teaching art workshops across the USA and internationally!
 Every day has creative moments…Tracy is happiest in her studio painting and behind the camera capturing life's every amazing second. You can catch her work in various art/craft publications and is proud to be a DecoArt Helping Artist, Dynasty Brush artisan, and product designer for Dare 2b Artzy.

Ursula Wollenburg

Ursula Wollenburg

As long as I can remember, creativity has been a large part of my life. I began my art career soon after my son was born: painting in the decorative painting field, painting murals, and teaching others along the way. I love vintage and love combining the new with the old; adding ephemera, hidden messages, stamps, and collage into my paintings to create fun, interest and texture; and exploring new techniques and sharing what I have learned.