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My name is Diane DeRogatis and I am a certified art educator. I am originally from New Jersey where I taught Elementary and High School art. Since moving to Pennsylvania I continue to teach and work independently as a freelance artist. The mediums I love working with are watercolors and acrylics. Being a landscape artist I am totally inspired by the beautiful lakes, mountains, hiking trails and farmland of PA.
Originally trained in scientific illustration, Gabrielle Sivitz credits her father, a science teacher, amateur photographer and painter, for shaping her lifelong enthusiasm for nature and art. As an educator and artist, she has held positions at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope. Gabrielle studied at Bucks County Community College, Moore College of Art & Design, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she focused on painting and printmaking. Gabrielle recently returned to eastern Pennsylvania after 15 years living in the Intermountain West, where she taught drawing and painting to adult students out of her own studio as well as at art centers and museums in Idaho and Montana. In 2017, she was awarded a professional
development grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts with the National Endowment for the Arts. Gabrielle wants her students to enjoy art and embrace the learning process. Her classes and workshops are geared toward having fun and accepting mistakes. “When we’re kids we naturally draw and paint for fun and we don’t worry about the results, but as we get older we become much harder on ourselves. We accept the myth that artists are born with some magical ability that we don’t have, and so we give up. In reality, it just takes practice. It’s all about training yourself to see like an artist, and having fun along the way.”
I have been an artist my whole life. I remember being nine years old and oil painting with my Uncle Lester Gallagher, an artist from the Midwest who loved painting the sand dunes of Lake Michigan. For the last 30 years, I have been a pastel artist, and for half of that time I have studied with Master Painter Albert Handell. Now that I have retired, I have the wonderful opportunity of making painting my first priority as I travel this beautiful country with my wife Sue. So far, we have been on two three-month extended trips to many National Parks out West. I’ve attained signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of the West Coast. A story of our 2015 journey and my travel art work was just published in the August issue of the Pastel Journal. During our travels, I conduct “Living the Dream” Plein Air Workshops to share my artist’s knowledge and experience with students as we enjoy painting our treasured National Parks. dougtweddale.com
Ever since Lorrie was a little girl she’d been driven to draw; couldn’t even watch TV without a pencil in her hand. She received her Degree in Fine Arts from Rowan State University and a second Certification in Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design. After college, she designed and painted needlepoint canvas, designed Point of Purchase and Catalog work. She also worked as a long term substitute art teacher in Cherry Hill for 12 years. She is a member of Greater Norristown Art League and teaches Color Pencil Drawing for the teen program and adult program. Lorrie’s Portfolio