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.

Pamela Sue Johnson

Pamela has been teaching mixed media classes here and has recently bestowed upon us a beautiful mural! She teaches mixed media classes showing new and experienced artists how to create art.

Pamela’s website has more info on her artwork and more!

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.

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:


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


  • 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:


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, and mixed media collage courses at Vancouver Art Space. You can find some of her artwork on

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.

  •  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.

Click here to see her website or visit

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 Acrylic Painting class, fabric dyeing and Molding Pastes and Gel Mediums classes. 

Jessie McGrath

Jessie and Friends

Jessie McGrath (She, He, They)

     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 she’s come to appreciate a mix of technical details as well as the chaos of a free hand. In her own process she aims to enjoy each step over aiming for the finished product. Her current project is a mixed-media graphic novel that involves: traditional and digital work as well as stop-motion puppets.

     Over the last nine years McGrath has worked just about every aspect of the arts and cultures scene including solo showings, event vending, promotional design, costume and makeup design, product fabrication, public relations and social media, volunteer coordinating, project management, show curation, and gallery directing.

Dawn Furstenberg

Dawn will be teaching a Zine Workshop for ages 12 and up!

Check out more of Dawn’s work on her website:

Also on Instagram:  Instagram @settledawn 

About the Artist:

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.

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.