MEET OUR TEAM

Meet the Talented people that make Vancouver Art Space the place to be creative!


BARBARA SHEEHAN, OWNER & INSTRUCTOR (SHE / HER)

Meet Barbara Dianne Sheehan, the Owner of this exciting  endeavor. Barbara has over 40 years experience designing, painting, and working in the creative arts. She has owned and operated an exclusive fine art and art furniture gallery,  a custom home remodeling and design firm, and since graduating from Pacific NW College of Art in 1996, with a BA degree in Painting, has worked as an independent artist.

From 1996 to 2001 Barbara was a founding member of PBNJ Studios, a group of artists committed to the fine arts community in SE Portland. Her work includes oil paintings, pastels, computerized/digital and photography collages – generally experimenting with materials and visuals.

Barbara has been professionally represented by Art Reps Richard Brooks,  as well as Mary McCay at Directional Publishing Inc. Her paintings have been featured in solo and group shows in Portland Oregon, New York City, and Ballyvaughan, Ireland.


Carolyn MacPherson (She / Her)

“I have worked my way through many trends, painting styles, and media because I am a restless person. Never satisfied with status quo, I love experimentation and teaching, which I find keeps my mind open to different ways of viewing the world. I discover from my students an entirely different way of reacting to the landscape. How in the world did Paul see that tree as if it were weeping? How did Mary see all that purple in a bush I saw as mainly green? Priceless input!

I work on a series with a rather mundane subject—eggs—until I had exhausted every single way I could see and paint them. I’ve used unusual material like powdered dye in the backgrounds because I get excited about the serendipitous result like when brown blooms out with the red, blues and yellows that comprise a neutral color’s makeup. This unifies my subject to their background. Thus, I have become an expert at controlling happy accidents or using them to lead me toward another interpretation of my subject. This has led me to put on workshops that teach aspiring artists how to loosen up and experiment with watercolors, because they are, indeed, so correctable in spite of their reputation.

My time as an interpretative camp host at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon taught me the necessary discipline for the plein air paintings.

The recent loss of my husband, best friend and critic has led me to an understanding of how grief can humble one, yet also teach you to be more expressive and introspective. My paintings are now softer, more atmospheric, as if viewed through a veil of tears. Watercolors allows for the fluid interpretation of scenes that I strive for and makes the statement I choose to make about how fragile our environment is; how important it is to respect the incredible diversity of the plants and animals we have been blessed with on this earth to paint and enjoy.”


HANNAH COMPLIN (SHE / THEY)

Hannah is a third generation artist who started taking art lessons in her teens. She has a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Cal State and has over 8 years of teaching experience. Hannah has taught here at the Paint Your Pet Sundays, Copic Marker Classes and Watercolor and Ink Illustration classes. Hannah will now be our new watercolor instructor as well. Stay tuned for more classes taught by Hannah!

“I like to make things that make people laugh and I like to make people think in a different way.  I want to learn to do both through my work.”

Hannah Complin’s illustration career began in kindergarten, when she discovered that if she drew the Ninja Turtles, other kids would give her quarters for her drawings.  She has been creating things for fun and money ever since.  

She attended private painting lessons as a teen, and put those lessons to use in college as a theater design major with an emphasis on scenic design and makeup special effects.  She painted throughout school, creating rich, bright and often humorous watercolor pet portraits.  She continued to paint realistic watercolors after becoming an instructor at Orange County School of the Arts where she taught for 8 years, and also began to draw fantasy, sci-fi, and sometimes comedic ink illustrations.

Today she is making a name for herself in watercolor and ink illustration with her own projects “Cats in Disguise” and “The Deadliest Animals on Earth”.  She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, 2 cats, and a Corgi named Sonja.

Hannah’s Official Shop www.etsy.com/shop/HannahComplinArt

Instagram @hannahcomplinart


JANE ARNAL (SHE / HER)

Jane teaches bookbinding classes for adults and children. She also holds workshops in the art of Small Soft Block Printing. Arnal has been working in soft-block printmaking for over 20 years. She also works in mixed media collage and is an accomplished painter, both acrylic and oils. She creates exceptional, thought provoking and quirky mixed media pieces.  Her art philosophy is:  “I would rather my work be peculiar than beautiful.”

Jane has shown her work in California, Oregon and Washington.  She is a member of the Radio Amateur Press Society (RAPS) featured in the book Rubber Soul by Sandra M. Posey, Univ. of Mississippi Press 1996.

  • BA Occidental College
  • MA California State University

Periodicals:

  • Somerset Studio magazine
  • Cloth Paper Scissors magazine
  • Expressions magazine
  • Rubberstamp Madness magazine

Books:

  • Art Stamping Workshop
    • Gloria Page, Northlight Books 2006
  • Rubber Stamp Carving
    • Luann Udell, Lark Books, 2002
  • The Ancient Book of Grombolia Rhyme
    • Poetry and Illustrations
  • Playing in the Middle of the Yard: A Memoir

JESSIE MCGRATH (THEY / HE / HER)

A transplant from the LA area, McGrath currently lives in Portland, OR as an independent artist and part-time Multimedia college student. While studying a wide range of art forms they’ve come to appreciate a mix of technical details as well as the chaos of a free hand. In their own process the goal is to enjoy each step over aiming for the finished product. Current projects include a mixed-media graphic novel using traditional and digital work as well as stop-motion puppets.

Over the last ten years McGrath has worked just about every position of the arts and culture scene including: solo showings, event vending, promotional graphic design, costume and makeup design, fabrication, video editing , volunteer coordinating, show curation, and gallery directing.

  • Multimedia Associate’s Degree, Portland Community College
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Silver Key Recipient, 2013
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Key Recipient, 2010
  • Director, Remedy Gallery, 2018 – 2019
  • Director, Lovn’ Local Pop-Up Market, 2017 – 2019
  • Co-Organizer, Saturday Artisan’s Market, 2016
  • Curator, Killer Pink Gallery, 2015 – 2017
  • Manager & Volunteer Coordinator, The People’s Art of Portland Gallery, 2012 – 2017

Instagram @muttrib


KRYSTLE RHINES (SHE / HER)

Krystle has been a creative force her whole life. She has always believed in a diverse and explorative approach to art, but recently has decided to focus on painting.  Working in both acrylics and watercolors, she brings her unique vision to life.  With bold blending of color, the work interprets modern culture into dynamic visual images and edgy memes.  She is best known for her creepy, yet cute, creatures.

In 2013 Krystle graduated from the Art Institute of Portland with an Associate’s of Arts degree in Apparel Design.  Although she is still in love with fabric and apparel design her focus currently is 2D art. She is currently teaching our Acrylic Painting class, fabric dyeing and Molding Pastes and Gel Mediums classes. 

Krystle’s Official Site www.krystlesaurus.com

Instagram @krystlesaurus


Megan GossetT (She / THEY)

Megan has been painting for about 4 years and illustrating all of her life.  She graduated from the University of West Florida with an Associates in Engineering and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Paining. She has worked in museums, schools, and cultural centers, on STEAM research teams, in 3-D printing labs, and on interdisciplinary grant projects she headed. Megan has received first-place awards for her work and exhibitions, and she has had pieces displayed in galleries from Pensacola to Chicago.

Her primarily figurative and portrait-heavy work delves in to the coarse, the cerebral, the metaphysical, the surreal, and the myriad manifestations of chronic pain and mental health issues.  Megan currently works as a teacher and commissioned painter in Portland, OR, where she lives with her partner and two cats, Murakami and Elliott, and spends all time not devoted to instructing or creating on reading and exploring.

Awards:

  • Devilgirl Massless, INSIGHTS IV, The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation, Chicago, IL (2020)
  • Cunica, INSIGHTS III, The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation, Chicago, IL (2019)
  • First Place, TAGGED, TAG, Center for Fine and Performing Arts, University of West
  • Florida, Pensacola, FL (2019)
  • On The Psychological Nature of Kintsugi as Applied to the Contemporary Feminine
  • Form and Function, Office of Undergraduate Research Grant, University of West Florida,
  • Pensacola, FL (2018)
  • Portable Water for All Organisms Through Transpiration, Office of Undergraduate
  • Research Grant, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL (2017)
  • First Place 2-D, Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition, Mattie Kelly Art Gallery,
  • Niceville, FL (2016)

Megan’s Official Website mgossettart.weebly.com

Twitter @SkullkinSkullKid

Tumblr @oryxor


PAMELA SUE JOHNSON (SHE / HER)

Pamela Sue Johnson is a mixed-media collage artist and writer living in Vancouver, Washington. She grew up in the exciting city of Las Vegas, Nevada before moving to the even more exciting city of Hong Kong where she lived for nearly seven years. Her early childhood was spent in  Louisiana where she says she learned that the only chicken worth eating was buttermilk fried chicken. “I am now a Northwest woman with sweet tea in my veins,” says Pamela.

Pamela enjoys kayaking, swimming in rivers and lakes and exploring the gorgeous forests that surround her home as well as traveling and discovering new places. She is divorced with two grown children and one firecracker of a grandson named Shiloh. Her goals for 2019 are to Art It Up around the United States and beyond as she sheds her factory job to become a  full-time creative entrepreneur.

Pam’s Official Site www.pamelasuejohnson.com

Instagram @pamelasuejohnson