Instructors

Antonio Mastria

Antonio Mastria works as a freelance artist, contributing work to creator owned and small
press comics. He is a graduate of the Joe Kubert school of cartoon a graphic art, where he
studied the visual storytelling medium of comic books and illustration. Experienced in several
mediums such as oil, acrylic, gouache, and watercolor painting, ink and digital media as well.
Antonio has further studied drawing and painting with several instructors at the Wallkill River
school.


Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis has been painting in watercolor since 2013, and usually paints every day.  His subjects vary from portraits to pets to landscapes, and he enjoys painting plein air whenever possible.  His paintings are looser and more impressionistic, rather than highly detailed, and he has been most significantly influenced by the watercolor master Alvaro Castagnet.  A member of the Wallkill River School, Goshen Art League, Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters, and Northeast Watercolor, he has also recently been awarded for art done with the Friends of the Great Swamp.


Ayanna Terry

Ayanna Terry is a talented illustrator and cartoonist.  She specializes in Japanese Anime style employing both traditional drawing and digital techniques. She is currently studying art at SVA in New York City.


Cynthia Harris-Pagano

Cynthia Harris-Pagano specializes in portrait commissions as well as painting and teaching in her North Light Studio Atelier (workshop) in Otisville.  Her paintings, including many portrait commissions, are in collections in the US and abroad.  She has been connected with and won awards from Ridgewood Art Institute in NJ and is a graduate in the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Her websites are: www.cynthiaharrispagano.com and www.portraitartist.com/pagano.


Dennis Fanton

Dennis Fanton trained at Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, Ducret School of Art, and had private instruction in oil painting, pastels, botanical illustration, and portraiture.

His style is strongly influenced by the impressionistic painters with a focus on color relationships and interesting, varied brushwork.  The balance of light and shadow are a frequent theme and his personal relationship with the changing seasonal landscapes of the Hudson Valley is reflected in his work.  Painting in ever-changing light has resulted in a focus on the emotional impact of the piece rather than simply attention to detail.  He is affiliated with Kent Art Association, Middletown Art Group, Garret Society, and Wallkill River School of Art.

www.dennisfanton.com


Dorrie Rifkin

Dorrie Rifkin paints from her passions. Thirty years’ experience as an award-winning art director ignited and cemented a life-long love affair with typography. Her other passions – music, New York City, and family – are palpable in her work. Her paintings have won more than 40 prizes, many in international and national juried shows, and are exhibited in several private collections in the United States and Europe. Not only was Dorrie featured in the article “Ones to Watch,” Watercolor Artist (December 2010), but her work has also been selected for Splash 14: Light and Color; Splash 15: Creative Solutions; Splash 18: Value | Light + Dark and her painting, Leaving the Highland, has been selected for the cover of Watercolor Artist magazine (February 2015). She is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the Northeast Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the Baltimore Watercolor Society. For more information about Dorrie, visit www.dorrierifkin.com.


Gayle Clark Fedigan
Gayle Clark Fedigan has been an accomplished pastel instructor and artist for 35 years. She taught at the Desmond Campus,
MSMC, Newburgh and workshops in Ireland, Italy, and France. Gayle studied Art at SUNY New Paltz,  and the ateliers of John Gould, Daniel Greene, and Lisa Specht, former president of the .Art Students League. Her paintings have been accepted 4 times into the Pastel Society of America Show, National Arts Club, Gramacy Park, NYC

Lana Privitera

Linda Richichi

Since 1999, the globally collected Artist Linda Richichi has earned many Best of Show Awards at national and international Plein Air paint outs and exhibitions. One of her paintings that received a Best of Show was at the  International Plein Air Painters World Wide Paint Out in Ontario, Canada. Notably, in 2012 Richichi was voted as National Best Intuitive Artist from About.com (then a NY Times company).

Soon after graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from SUNY,  Richichi received a scholarship from the Pastel Society of America to attend the Art Students League in New York City.

Linda quickly found national acclaim as a portrait painter, but in 2001 she felt a calling for the wild. She turned to Plein Air painting, as she found that Mother Nature was the healing energy she needed to recover from deeply resonating personal loss. This began her realization that art can help to heal us, too. Through her paintings, like in her workshops in Sarasota, Fl, you begin to “Experience the Energy” through the harmonized color vibrations in her art. She has been conducting workshops since 2002 and Color and Energy workshops since 2011  in the US and abroad.

Linda’s work has exhibited extensively around North America including the prestigious National Arts Club in New York City with the Pastel Society of America.

Linda is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a current member of the Oil Painters of America and a Signature member of the CA, NY and International Plein Air Painters.. In addition to her workshops in Sarasota, her gallery representation includes: 530 Burns Gallery in Sarasota, FL , Gallery Vibe in Naples, FL and Nikki Sedacca Gallery at Martha’s Vineyard.

https://www.lindarichichi.com/


Mike Jaroszko

Mike Jaraszko works as an illustrator and fine artist. His paintings grace the pages of many magazines like Cricket and publications by Scholastic and other national and international venues. He is a luminist painter in the style of the Hudson River School.


Mitchell Saler

Mitchell Saler enjoys conveying vastness, dramatic lighting, and atmospheric effects in his works and has received awards in various art exhibits, including at the Salmagundi Club in NYC.  He is a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Goshen Art League, the Orange County Arts Council, the Middletown Art Group, the River Valley Artists Guild, and a Board Member of the Wallkill River School.  www.mitchellsaler.com


Nancy Reed Jones     [View Instructor Video]

Nancy Reed Jones InstructorOriginally from Long Island, NY, Nancy, studied at the Huntington Art League and became a well- established oil and acrylic painter.  Nancy owned her own mural business for many years before devoting all her time to teaching her skills at the Wallkill River School of Art.  She has used art therapy to help people in recovery from addiction.  Nancy holds an ongoing acrylic workshop and teaches the absolute beginner to the advanced painter.  Relaxtion techniques and soothing music are used in her workshops to help with stress reduction.

www.nancyreedjones.com


Nicole Asendorf

Nicole Asendorf is an artist and visual arts teacher living in the Hudson Valley who has been teaching for the past 12 years. She received her degree in Education and Painting and Drawing from the State University of New Paltz. Her main focus has always been the use of color and texture in abstract works of art but has recently become inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape.  The landscape is the perfect transition of subject matter to continue the exploration of color and texture that has always been an inspiration for her work.

Nicole offers a variety of children’s classes at the Wallkill River Art School. These classes include drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage and are designed for ages 7-14. She also offers other classes designed for the littlest artist starting at age 4.  In addition to children’s classes Ms. Nicole also provides private lessons at the art school as well as at the students home. These lessons are great for the student that has a specific area they want to work on or for those with a busy schedule.


Patricia Morgan

As a painter, Pat was quite the late bloomer. Following her retirement, she began classes in watercolor and it was love at first stroke. Pat has studied with well-known artists Charles Reid and Mel Stabin, a wonderful painter and teacher, having the most influence on her work. Pat has now been painting for 18 years and during the early years landscapes and flowers were her models. Over the last many years she has concentrated mostly on painting figures. Teaching is another passion for Pat. Her demonstrations focus on capturing just the essence of her subjects whether in figures, flowers or landscapes. She has taught at the Wallkill River School in NY, the Pine Shores Art Association in NJ, the Art League of Henderson County NC and conducted annual Painting-by-the-Sea workshops with her friend and colleague Janet Campbell.  Pat has received several local and regional awards and is a signature member of the North East Watercolor Society, Audubon Artists, Inc. and a former elected member of the New Jersey Water Color Society and the Salmagundi Club.


Sarah Pierson

Sarah Fortner Pierson received a BA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley and attended Hunter College’s MFA program in NYC.  She is best known for her large, photo realistic oil paintings of plants and flowers, but she works in diverse media, including photography, printmaking, mixed media sculpture and paper collage, among others.  “The natural world inspires most of my work.  It is full of beauty, textures, epiphany and deep metaphors and themes which I never seem to exhaust.”  www.fortnerpierson.com


Sarah Baker

Sarah Baker is a candidate for a BA Visual Art Education Pre-K-12 and has been  a camp counselor at Montgomery’s summer camp.  She has experience in all types of materials ranging from drawing/painting mediums to ceramics/clay to printmaking and more but has a special affinity for drawing.


Sara Tomazzolli

Sarah Tomazzolli is a returning summer instructor who has a love of drawing and teaching. She is an art major in college with a focus in printmaking.

 


Shawn Dell Joyce

Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]

Shawn Dell Joyce is the founder of the Wallkill River School of Art, a nonprofit artists’ collective with an environmental mission to save open spaces and small farms. Her artworks and writings have been widely publicized in many national newspapers and magazines like the New York Times and Mothering Magazine. She has won many prestigious awards for her work such as the “Woman of the Year” for 2009 from Girl Scouts and YWCA of Orange County. She recently won Orange Environment’s “Sustainable Art” award. She is a signature member of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP), and won the “People’s Choice” Award at the International Plein Air Paint Out in Niagara Falls, Canada. Her works are in major museum collections like the Museum of Modern Art and Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, France. She has been teaching drawing and painting classes for fourteen years.
www.ShawnDellJoyce.com


William Noonan     [View Instructor Video]

William Noonan originally from Monroe, New York was born in 1962. After a career in graphics and publishing at The Village Voice in New York City, William returned full-time to his first love: fine art, and to the Hudson Valley, where he now resides in Newburgh, New York. He has a BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and has since studied at the New York Academy of Art, the Woodstock School of Art, The International School of Art-Umbria Italy, and the Art Students League of New York. He teaches at the Wallkill River School of Art, The Barrett Art Center and out of his home studio.  Primarily working in oils he also includes acrylics, watercolor, drawing and printmaking techniques in his repertoire. His work has been exhibited locally, on Cape Cod, and through various Internet venues. He is in numerous private collections, home and abroad, and has several pieces in the corporate collection of Nielsen and Bainbridge. An inclination for the figure, a deep love of Italian art and the investigation of his own Italian heritage, through travel and study, inform his work. While drawing on European traditions, his work is part of the continuum of American Realism.
www.WilliamNoonan.com


Will Whelan

Will Whelan is a life-long Nerf enthusiast.   He currently attends Fordham University and runs track.


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