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 ArtReps 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.


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


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


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


JESSIE MCGRATH (THEY, HE, HER)

A transplant from the LA area, McGrath currently lives in Portland, OR as an independent artist and part-time student. After 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.

Jessie’s Official Shop www.etsy.com/shop/artJSM

Instagram @muttrib


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 though 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.”


CAT WHIPPLE (SHE, HER)

I am a digital artist who uses Adobe Photoshop to create artwork from my own photographs, vintage photos, or from my own doodles and sketches. My favorite art subjects are whimsical girls, trees, flowers, cats, old movie stars, and Native Americans (I am from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of South Dakota). I also enjoy creating art around inspirational quotes, my favorite quotes come from Rumi. I have been a photographer for over twenty years, with my favorite subjects being cemetery statues and cemetery angles. I enjoy taking my photographs and turning them into something more artistic then just a photo. I love playing with textures, filters and brushes to create a more textured look to my photographs. Thank you for visiting my artwork and I hope you enjoy it.

See more of Cat’s portfolio on FineArtAmerica.com


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.”

  • 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

Jane has also self published two books:

  • The Ancient Book of Grombolia Rhyme
    • Poetry and Illustrations
  • Playing in the Middle of the Yard: A Memoir

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.


JODEEN LOWRIE (SHE, HER)

Jodeen currently teaches our Paint Your Pet Sunday’s sessions. Professional Visual Artist, Painter and Lover of Pencils, otherwise known as Conjure Fine Art. 

  •  Studied Fine Arts and Art Studies at Cornish College of the Arts
  •  Studied Art history at Washington State University
  •  Currently living in Vancouver, Washington

Jodeen’s Official Site Conjure Fine Art


DAWN FURSTENBERG (SHE, HER)

Dawn Furstenberg is a Portland based artist and teacher.  She has self-published 4 coloring book zines.  She is currently hard at work at her 5th coloring book zine.  She studied art and art history at University of California Santa Cruz and received her BA in Art from California State University Northridge.  She also has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Concordia University, and is a licensed teacher in Oregon and Washington.  Dawn finds her art to be her therapy, and the creative process for her is very healing and transformative having helped her navigate through many challenging times in her life. 

Dawn strongly believes in the journey of creative self-expression as a means of providing oneself with a method of processing life’s challenges in a productive and meaningful way.  Using zines as a vehicle for sharing her art and her process, Dawn seeks to provide others with the opportunity to discover how powerful the act of creating art and sharing it with others can be for themselves.  Dawn lives in Portland with her partner Tom and their two precocious cats Fred and Ginger.  She spends as much time as possible drinking coffee and drawing, as well as substitute teaching in public elementary schools both in Oregon and Washington.

Dawn’s Official Site www.dawnandherart.com

Instagram @settledawn