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Meet the Artists

Andy Skinner

Andy Skinner

Andy Skinner is an established mixed media artist and tutor who teaches regular workshops all over the world. Andy is an accomplished painter and ceramicist but is best known for his "industrial gothic" altered art and assemblage pieces. His unique style is edgy, dark, and enigmatic, pushing the boundaries of the medium with new and innovative techniques. Born and raised in Oxford, England, Andy was interested in art from a young age and the influence of his parents is obvious in his artistic style. His mother, a watercolour artist, encouraged Andy's love of paints, while his father, an engineer with a knack for constructing amazing toys and gadgets from found objects, inspired the quirky and 3D elements of his altered art pieces. Since giving up his successful ceramics business, Andy has immersed himself in the mixed media world he loves. He works as Executive Creative Consultant for DecoArt Inc, using his expertise to develop their innovative Media line of products, and is also a product designer for Stampendous and Tando Creative.

Tracy Weinzapfel

Tracy Weinzapfel

I am the Education Coordinator for DecoArt, Inc. and a full-time licensed artist who enjoys creating pieces using all types of mediums. My energy and passion for sharing art and teaching is something that drives me daily. I host an online class on Monday's called Mixed Media Monday and share my creative process to inspire others to find their creative side. Originally from Michigan I now enjoy sunny California with my husband and a house full of teenagers (ages 19, 18, 13 and 13). What you see is what you get. Life is never boring and I live on creative edge all the time. "Do something Creative every day" is a quote I live by!

Pam Bray

Pam Bray

Hi....my name is Pam but my closest friends call me Pammejo. I reside in the Memphis TN area... home of Blues and BBQ. I am a wife to an amazing man that supports my creative endeavors, mom of 4 and grandma to 9 very amazing grandchildren. I love paper crafting, alter projects and making cards. Crafting wouldn't be quite the same with out Diet Coke and chocolate....so they must be close at hand when I am creating. I enjoy working with paper, paint and other mixed media products. I would say my style is Vintage and Shabby with a bit of steampunk. My other interest besides family and creating involves photography, traveling and other crafty venues.

Brenda Brown

Brenda Brown

I have designed and created things all my life, even as a child in primary school. I can remember designing patterns and images for my cross stitching, and it was my Mum who taught me how to knit and to use a sewing machine. As I got older I loved observational drawing and studied oil painting and general art at college. As a teacher I loved taking my classes of children out into the environment to draw and look for examples of art and architecture and we always made our own books to keep our topic work in. This kept me going through my teaching years as there wasn't much time to explore my personal creative side, but since retiring I have been able to have the luxury of designing, creating and making in my work room much more. I now run a challenge blog, design and run workshops for an online craft shop and teach in the south of the UK at various places. I would say my style is vintage shabby but with much more of a mixed media stance these days. I am married with two grown up children and three granddaughters who are the love of my life. I love new beginnings and becoming a member of the DecoArt Mixed Media team is now leading me into the next stage of my exciting creative journey.

Dana Christiansen

Dana Christiansen

Hi my name is Dana. I live in the midwest of the US with my husband of over 30 years. We are extremely blessed with wonderful children and grandchildren who keep us young at heart. I love colors and textures so Mixed Media is a natural fit for me. I also love watercolors and illustration. I am always finding ways those can be worked into my projects using unconventional tools or products. My art journey has taken me down many paths but I try very hard to keep that childlike excitement and curiosity when it comes to art and my supplies. I constantly ask, "what it...." and get very excited when I get results I never imagined were possible.

Candy Colwell

Candy Colwell

I love art in all forms. Before I had children, I enjoyed all sorts of "artsy" things. But when the babies came, my artistic life gave way to Little Leagues and other school functions that took precedence. Now my babies are grown and having babies of their own. I am rediscovering that creative side of me that has been quietly waiting to emerge for so many years. I absolutely LOVE this artistic journey I am on. I love all things vintage. Taking something brand new and making it look really old fascinates me. I love to incorporate different elements and mixed media in my pieces. I adore teaching classes and different techniques. It gives me such joy to see the pride and sometimes amazement in the faces of my students as they are creating things they never thought they could.

Louise Crosbie

Louise Crosbie

My name is Louise but in the craft world I am known as Zuzu (or Z / Zee). I started paper crafting about 9 years ago by taking up simple card making. (I shudder to think at some of the cards i churned out and thought were fabulous). I soon realised that card making wasn't for me and I discovered things like, tags, ATCs, fatbooks etc and did that for a while. Still I didn't get comfy with crafting until I really discovered Altered Art and mixed media. 3D objects seem to give me more satisfaction or adding a lot of texture to flatter objects. Basically that's it. I learn as I go. I love altered art in a vintage shabby chic style and fail terribly at clean techniques. I am not a great stamper either yet love using them in my altered art projects. Outside of crafting, I am a trained Counsellor and worked for two years for place2be (a charitable organisation running counselling for kids in schools). I play guitar and a few other instruments and love cooking for dinner parties. I am married, have a grown up son and a new little cat.

Tracy Easson

Tracy Easson

I`m a happy, messy, painty, crafter living in a world that spins far too quickly. When I`m not at work you will find me in my shed surrounded by paints, brushes and pretty papers .... it starts out tidy but by the end of a project you will be lucky to find a pair of scissors in the pile of crafty goodness that is on my bench! But my smile is often wide at the end result that has come out from that crazy brain of mine, from the heart and through my fingertips onto scraps of wood, canvas, paper. I feel lucky to have been on a few design teams design teams where my love of paint and getting my hands messy was born. They gave me the courage to just ... try it ... no right or wrong way to create art. I`m not sure where I`m heading with my art but I do know that I am on a journey and enjoying every messy, paint splattered moment of it!

Mark Gould

Mark Gould

Mark is a lover of all things grungy and distressed and really likes the industrial shabby look as well as a tongue-in-cheek look at the darker side. After starting with the inks, Andy Skinner introduced him to the DecoArt paints and Mark hasn't looked back. He loves the versatility and quality of the products. During the day he works for himself as a landscape gardener and comes home to two crazy cats.

Norma Gomez

Norma Gomez

I'm a mixed media artist and lover of all things creative. Art has been a lifelong passion for me. As a little girl I spent hours upon hours sketching on anything I could find. Then as an adult I began crafting and scrapbooking which renewed my interest in art. Eventually I ventured into art journaling and mixed media art. I love the freedom of being able to incorporate every and anything into my work. I enjoy a very fluid creative process and like my art to evolve on its own. However, my creative process does vary depending on my mood. Sometimes I begin with a background and other times with a concept sketch. Either way, they all included beautiful bright colors and ethnic bohemian flair. I also enjoy using quotes and often incorporate them into my work. My goal is to create bright, beautiful inspiration art that will make you smile.

Lindsay Mason

Lindsay Mason

I'm a freelance artist, designer and demonstrator and have been involved in arts and craft my whole life in one way or another. I design stamps for top British company Personal Impressions, under the "Lindsay Mason Designs" brand, as well as papers, templates and other crafting products. I'm a certified Ranger Educator and my first book, "Stamping", was published in 2009. I also design regular projects for Crafts Beautiful magazine and have made guest appearances from time to time on QVC. My work takes me all around the country demonstrating stamping, papercrafts and general inkiness! When I'm not working, I love gardening, church & community activities, nature watching, journalling, music and theatre and just relaxing at home.

Claudia Neubacher

Claudia Neubacher

I was born in 1967 in Linz, Upper Austria. My early interests in the arts prompted me to study at the University of Arts in Linz, where I achieved a Master of Arts. After teaching for 18 years as an arts and crafts teacher at various Middle- and Highschools in Austria, I decided to follow a career in mixed media art. I am currently a member of three other design teams and run my own Steampunk Challenge blog as a co-owner. From time to time I also write poems, some of which have been published in anthologies and on my children's poems blog "Bert, der Bär". I live with my husband and my son, our dog Bluna, three budgies and a varying number of fish in Vienna.

Shawn Petite

Shawn Petite

I am a mixed media artist living my dream of creating every day and my passion for art has been with me from childhood. I have been teaching and painting for over 20 years in many different mediums but found my art soul mate in mixed media. Life is a journey and sometimes not an easy one, and that is what drives me to create a life and art that encourages, teaches, uplifts and loves. When you take a piece of my art home with you or complete your own masterpiece from one of my videos or in one of my workshops, my goal each and every time is for you to be inspired. You can get all kinds of inspiration on my blog, my youtube channel or follow me on Instagram.

Elly Pirally

Elly Pirally

I'm a loving mum of two adult children. I work full time and I'm a store manager of a fashion company. In my free time I love to play with paper, fabric and all kind of mixed media. I'm an outdoor freak, a coffee junkie and I'm never without my camera.

Barbara Rankin

Barbara Rankin

My name is Barbara Rankin, I am a self-taught paper and mixed media artist, with my early beginnings making cards and gifts for family and friends. I picked up my first rubber stamp in 1995, before the internet had so much inspiration to offer up-and-coming artists. I love to learn, and I love to share what I have learned with others. I love adding dimension to my projects, and just about everything I make has it in some form or fashion. I am currently on several other design teams: Gina's Designs Lasercuts, Altered Pages, House of Cards, and the Craft Hoarder's Anonymous Monthly Blog Hop DT. I have also been on the Sin City Stamps DT, The Robin's Nest DT, and Creative Paperclay DT. I have been published in several paper and e-magazines, as well as a contributing artist in a book. I was also asked and have gladly made samples for display at CHA, as well as being a guest designer for Craftwell USA, Unruly Paper Arts, and Gina's Designs Lasercuts. I call Memphis, Tennessee, my home, which I share with my wonderful husband of 32 years and two adorable Yorkie sisters, all of whom make my life fabulous.

Jools Robertson

Jools Robertson

I love all types of arts and crafts and enjoy working with multimedia, particularly altered art, working with paint, clay, plaster, die cutting, stamps, lots of colour and texture. I enjoy doing craft projects in my spare time and work full time as a Design Development Manager in Textiles. I've always crafted, including papercraft, jewellery, pottery, and even sugar craft! and really enjoy exploring techniques of all kinds to create unique pieces.

Diane Salter

Diane Salter

Hi, my name is Diane and I'm a self-taught mixed media artist from Northwest Pennsylvania. I've always enjoyed being creative and exploring different forms of crafts and art making. I found my real passion in the world of mixed media where the possibilities are endless, and where I discovered that you never stop learning. My main interest, as of right now, is acrylics and paper collage, and whatever I may have at hand at the time. Another passion of mine is assemblage art using found and vintage items from the past. I love that these pieces have a history to them, and that they can emerge into the world again as art. So, when I'm not in my studio, you most likely will find me at antique stores or flea markets. I like making people smile with my art, which makes me smile too. I'm so thankful that I'm able to do what I love everyday.

Joi Schultz

Joi Schultz

Howdy from Joi@RR in Texas! The 'RR' is our ranch brand. I am an artist because I love to encourage others! Seems to me like art can reach people in every aspect of their lives; touch every emotion; and restore hope, love, and freedom to hearts. Whether folks "see" art or whether folks "do" art... it becomes an outlet of renewal and joy for them. I also love to encourage folks with little love notes on blogs, social media, and personally. I don't strive to find happiness... I strive to find contentment which makes life joyously sweet. I am blessed in so many ways and thankful for the opportunity to do my art. Working with DecoArt Media is an extremely high honor for me for which I am grateful.

Tracy Scott

Tracy Scott

My name is Tracy Scott and when not working at the 'day job' as a finance officer in East London I love nothing more than getting my hands and usually my face covered in paint. I am a very proud mummy to two and a nanny to two who provide me with plenty of joy and inspiration and certainly keep me busy !! I love bright colours and like to experiment with different colour combinations always searching for my new favourite. Do I consider myself an 'artist'......yes of course I do, we are all artists in our own right. Create with passion, be free and inspired and do what makes YOU happy, if you are fortunate enough for others to like your work then that really is the icing on the cake!

Martice Smith II

Martice Smith II

I'm a freelance artist, creative director and online boutique owner, based in Missouri. My signature style has a bold, urban edge infused with mixed-media, fashion, graffiti + photography. (Yes, this means vibrant colors + grungy textures!) As an internationally published multi-medium artist, I love sharing my art passion by serving as an educator for several companies + design teams. Through tutorials on my blog, I help thousands of creatives live their soulful, colorful dreams to the max, by showing how to embrace your own magic. Recently published in 'A World of Artist Journal Pages' and was juried into 'Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling', (North Light Books) and in online publications.

Julia Stratford-Wright

Julia Stratford-Wright

We all say it but I truly have been 'making' things ever since I can remember! I taught textiles in various secondary schools for over 20 years and loved it. I'm now retired and lucky enough to have lots of time to indulge in my passion for crafting, particularly mixed media style projects. I now live in the beautiful county of Suffolk which is a world away from my previous home in South London!

Wilma Voermans

Wilma Voermans

I live in the beautiful Swiss mountains. I love art, and with art I mean about everything I see and like. On my YouTube channel you will find a lot of art journaling, canvas and scrapbooking videos. For some reason I always make time for scrapbooking. In the scrapbooking world I see the most amazing pages using every kind of craft and medium. Working from a picture is so relaxing, and working from the mood of the picture opens up great possibilities.

Michelle Webb

Michelle Webb

I live in Teesside in the North East of England. By day I wear a high vis jacket, a hard hat and get covered in mud as a geologist, but in the evenings I like to clean up and get covered in colour instead! I'm 44 and have a grown up son, and 5 very happy cats. I went to art college 25 years ago, and did the odd sketch since then. For the last few years I've been making mixed-media art canvases, doing some art journaling and altered art pieces, but this past year I've been dabbling in a bit of watercolours and oil painting too. l just love putting paint on new blank canvases, be it mixed-media or fine art. I occasionally like to get the sewing machine out and do a spot of sewing too. I just love all crafts and can change my mind like the weather, flitting from one project to the next. But don't we all.

Ursula Wollenburg

Ursula Wollenburg

Drawing and painting have been a passion of mine since an early age. I have had the privilege of designing, drawing and teaching for the past 30 years. I discovered mixed media painting and journaling about two years ago. My new obsession! Always learning as I make my way through this journey called art.