Meet the VAS Staff

Meet the talented people that make Vancouver Art Space the place to #getcreative

Listed below are individual Bio’s with details about our diverse group of artist instructors,  in no particular order.


Jane Arnal

Jane teaches bookbinding classes for adults and children. She also holds workshops in the art of Small Soft Block Printing.

Jane 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

Published Work:

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.


Carolyn MacPherson

Carolyn teaches our Beginning Watercolor classes on Saturday mornings as well as our Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor classes on Thursday mornings.  She also does periodic specialty workshops, such as, Intro to Encaustics, Mixed Media Magic and coming in January, Calligraphy

  Fluent in Oils, Acrylics, Mixed Media, Encaustic and Watercolor, Carolyn brings her images to life with considerable technical skills.  Her understanding of emotional beauty defines each piece. This combination adds up to a cabinet full of First Place & Best of Show ribbons.

Carolyn has:

  •  been published in “How Did You Paint That?” by
    North Light Books
  • American Artist magazine national award winner
  • directed SW Washington Arts Festival at Lower Columbia College (7 yrs)
  • owned/operated and contributed art to Iron Door Gallery, Murphys CA
  • competed, won, & designed wine labels in competition
  • is currently showing in galleries (large & small) across the country
  • has an upcoming solo show here at Vancouver Art Space
  • currently offering a watercolor Sip & Paint at Say Ciao restaurant here in Vancouver.

Organizations & Associations:

  • Society of Washington Artists
    • 2nd Place & Honorable Mention Fall 2018
    • 1st Place Spring 2018
  • SW Washington Watercolor Society
    • Honorable Mention Fall 2018
  • Mosaic Arts Alliance

Gallery Representation:

  • Town Hall Art Gallery, Copperopolis CA
  • Fairweather Gallery, Seaside OR
  • Vancouver Art Space, Vancouver WA

Carolyn shares her philosophy, technical skills, and experience with her students here at Vancouver Art Space.  We are lucky to have her as part of our growing community.  Be sure to check out the variety of classes she offers.

Here are  examples of Carolyn’s work in watercolor and encaustic:

Pears
berries


Cat Whipple
cat for bio

Cat Whipple is an award winning digital and mixed media collage artist whose 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 Udemy.com, and mixed media collage courses at Vancouver Art Space. You can find some of her artwork on FineArtAmerica.com

Cat teaches our Art Journaling For Girls class on Saturdays starting up again this fall and winter.


Jodeen Lowrie

Professional Visual Artist, Painter and Lover of Pencils, otherwise known as Conjure Fine Art. 

Jodeen currently teaches our Paint Your Pet Sunday’s sessions. We are looking forward to adding new Color Pencil classes coming in 2019.

  •  Studied Fine Arts and Art Studies at Cornish College of the Arts
  •  Studied Art history at Washington State University
  •  Attended Stevenson High School
  •  Lives in Vancouver, Washington


Krystle Rhines

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. More of her work can be viewed on her website, krystlesaurus.com or on Instagram under the name @krystlesaurus.

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.

Krystle is currently teaching our Saturday afternoon Acrylic Painting class.  Look for Fabric Dying, and Mixed Media class offerings in the future.


Jessie McGrath


Glo McCollough

Glo teaches our semi-monthly “Paint Your Pet” class which introduces new and experienced artists on how to bring an image of their pet to life on canvas.  In addition to painting classes, she is focusing on a new lecture class due in April called “The Business of Art.  How to make a hobby a business 101”.  Expect more information on that shortly.

Passionate about the power of art, you can find her assisting and informing customers and art lovers of newly hung artworks as well as upcoming classes here at VAS.

Above all, she celebrates and shares her enthusiasm of painting by sitting in our front window working on her canvas to educate and inspire those who walk past our Gallery.

Currently she focuses on two distinct art types, “MuseArt” and “WyldArt”.

Glo is a painter of whimsy and wilderness. Her art shifts between fantasy with “MuseArt”, the physical manifestation of her creative Muse, and “WyldArt” a focused desire to connect with the animal spirit.

About the Artists:

Glo is a painter who resides within the Pacific Northwest with her husband Scott, and their dogs Yoda and Chewbacca.

Her original works have been displayed and sold in various galleries throughout the area.


sepia self portrait
Barbara Sheehan, Owner & Instructor

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.

work in progress, soft pastel on paper

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