I was extremely fortunate to take classes with Bob Travers from Fletcher, NC who teaches at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Bob is renowned for his incredible life-like wildlife art - in part because he is a true animal lover. He is adept at oils, acrylics, watercolor, scratchboard, pastels - you name it!
The rocks and waterfall is one I finished last spring with Bob.
Spending time in Asheville, NC, put me in contact with some awesome artists at the 310 Art Gallery in the River Arts District. Lorelle Bacon was my first instructor there, and she is a multi-talented, award-winning artist: watercolor, acrylics, oils, pastels, scratchbord, alcohol inks, encaustic, and lately, jewelry making! Lorelle does it all and does it well. The scratchbord horse is one I completed through either classes or workshops with Lorelle. Click on her name above to visit her website.
Another fantastic founder and director of the 310 Art Gallery is Fleta Monaghan. Fleta is an expert with color and offers advanced color theory classes and a periodic critique workshop in which artists create then share feedback with fellow artists. Check out her website here.
As an artist, I am continually looking to learn more and more about painting. I have taken three multi-day workshops with Stephen Koury of Lakeland. From Stephen, I have learned to use gouache paint - an opaque watercolor which is totally different from watercolors and acrylics. The shell and cat I completed in my first workshop with Stephen. I highly recommend taking his workshop. He, too, is renown for his animal paintings as is Bob Travers.