Meet the VAS Staff

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Jane Arnal

Jane Arnal has been doing soft-block printmaking for over 20 years. Jane works in mixed media collage and is an accomplished painter. Jane creates exceptional, thought provoking and quirky mixed media pieces.  Her art philosophy is:  “I would rather my work be peculiar than beautiful.”

Janes crow                       Janes image

Bio Photo June 2017 500Laura K Bray

Artist Laura Bray lives and works in Washington state with her husband, their twelve year old daughter, and a guinea pig named Oreo. Laura believes everyone can live a life of creativity and intention and she is dedicated to helping people of all ages experience the joy of creativity. You can see more of her work at

Stamp and Paint Bird

Carolyn MacPherson

Carolyn has worked her way through many trends, painting styles, and media in her lifetime, she calls herself “restless”. Never satisfied with status quo, she loves experimentation and the teaching process. ” I find teaching keeps my mind open to so many different ways of viewing the world around me. I discover from my students an entirely different way of reacting to the landscape.”

Carolyn will be teaching Beginning Watercolor on Thursday’s from 10am-1pm starting July 13th

Here are two examples of Carolyn’s work in watercolor:



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Cat Whipple is a digital and mixed media collage artist who’s work incorporates vintage images and photos from long ago. Her subject matter currently focuses on cats, flowers, and fairy girls. She teaches Photoshop courses for artists on, and mixed media collage courses at Vancouver Art Space. You can find some of her artwork on

Her Musical Heart


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I started studying photography in high school; that is when the photo bug first bit me. That was in the film days when you learned to see the image in your eye before you even take the first shot. Today even with the technology and digital cameras the technique of using traditional photo methods can be used. My photography education includes High School and College courses learning black-and-white and color photography, zone system photography, studio work for art, portraits and nature landscape photography.

As a native Oregonian, I have a huge appreciation of the outdoors and people. With over 30 years’ experience in the active and reserve military I had the opportunity to travel meet and understand people from various cultures. I feel that all those experiences helped me to become a better photographer by appreciating the land and its people.

My career in professional photography began as a Public Affair Office photographer in the Army with photos printed in various military magazines for soldiers while on active duty. After the Military I freelanced as a wedding and portrait photographer.  Currently I run my own photo business that includes Fine Art and Product images for the Craft Market, Commercial/Residential Real Estate photography and private instruction.

sepia self portraitBarbara Sheehan, Owner & Instructor

Meet Barbara Dianne Sheehan, the Owner of this exciting new 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, after graduating from Pacific NW College of Art in 1996, 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. Her work has included oil paintings, pastels, computerized manipulations and photography collages – generally experimenting with materials and visuals. Barbara has been professionally represented by ArtReps Richard Brooks, an artists agent and publisher, 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 Ballyvaughn Ireland.

For a peek at more examples of  original work by Barbara, click here.

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