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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 at college. Being a full time primary school teacher prevented me from having too much time to explore my creative side whilst I was working but since retiring I have been able to have the luxury of designing, creating and making in my work room much more. I love all things vintage, shabby and timeworn and designing projects that I can share through my blog or teach at workshops. I am a DecoArt Helping Artist and Tutor and a member of the Mixed Media Design Team. The DecoArt media line of paints and mediums are my go-to materials to work with and I love experimenting with them and using/mixing them with other products. Having worked through a variety of artistic genres over the years mixed media has definitely become my style taking me all the way back to my college days.

Candy Colwell

Candy Colwell

Hi, I’m Candy Colwell. I live in the heartland of the United States. My husband and high-school sweetheart, Vic, and I have two wonderful children and four precious grandchildren. I have always had art in my life. I love expressing myself through my art. I started out as a paper crafter and have really found my passion in mixed media art. Probably as with most artists, I get bored quickly and am always looking for something new to expand my creative curiosity. Mixed media is the perfect genre for me as it is always changing, always new and different. I tend to gravitate to dimensional art, texture and detail in my work. Be it vintage, grungy and distressed, steampunk or something soft and shabby, I love it all!

My art has been published in print and online magazines as well as various websites. I am an educator. I not only love to help students create something but explain how and why products react the way they do. I am probably best known for my lengthy pictorial tutorials on my blog. This way, I can not only teach in a classroom setting but also online. I try to be a versatile artist; creating anything from dimensional home décor pieces to art journal pages. I am so honored to have done design work and guest artist spots for some wonderful companies. I so love being a part of DecoArt’s Mixed Media Design Team and Andy Skinner’s Creative Team. I pinch myself all the time to be sure it’s real! Thank you DecoArt for allowing me to be a part of your “family”. This is a truly amazing place to be!

Claudia Neubacher

Claudia Neubacher

I have been creating since I could first hold a pencil. "Plumps" were the first creatures that filled my drawing sheets and gave me that wonderful feeling of being an almighty "creator". They actually were clumsily drawn circles with added strokes all around that resembled the legs (or arms?). But to me, they were my first creations, and that filled me with immense pride and happiness. Today, about 46 years later, I find that I still have moments when I feel like that...they are more seldom, of course...and therefore even more precious to me. And isn't this what being creative really is all about?

Hannah Oxberry

Hannah Oxberry

I live in the beautiful Norfolk countryside with my family and two cats Bast and Minerva and was introduced to mixed media through friends, finding myself instantly hooked!

I really enjoy experimenting with different mediums, techniques and colours and love to add a feminine touch to grungy, quirky makes too and try to create a sentimental feel.

My main areas of interest include art journaling, greyboard alterations and mixed media canvas work but I can be found upcycling old furniture in need of a little love and attention!

I also demonstrate art and craft products on television, a role I enjoy very much.

Laura Dame

Laura Dame

Laura resides in Austin, TX with her husband and two boys. She works full-time as an ultrasound technologist, and is also a self-taught mixed media artist. She started on her creative journey in 2014, when her loving husband pushed her to find a creative outlet. She picked up art journaling, and since then she has branched out and experimented with all different types of media, from acrylic painting to paint pouring to assemblage. She loves to try new things and expand her creative horizons. In her younger years, Laura always felt a call to create, but was ultimately afraid of not being good enough. Her goal now is to encourage others to realize that art doesn't have to be perfect. So many people have the belief that they are not talented enough to create, but art is truly what you make it, no perfection required.

Laura is currently a part of the Shawn Petite creative team, as well as the AB Studio design team. She sold her first piece in 2018, and plans to begin publishing and selling her work more in the upcoming year.

Maura Hibbitts

Maura Hibbitts

I've joyously jumped to the right side of my brain and love playing with color. It all started when I was a kid sitting under the tree in the backyard drawing, but now my muse inspires me to work in mixed media and steampunk.

I especially like to use my imagination when creating my art and am often inspired by books I’ve read or places I’ve traveled. I enjoy life with my family in the Adirondack region of New York, and am blessed with a beautiful view of the mountains outside of my studio area (a corner of our living room). Travel, gardening, and reading make me a happy camper, and I am still fascinated by clouds and rocks from my years teaching earth science.

Shawn Petite

Shawn Petite

I'm a mixed media artist living my dream of creating every day and my passion for art has been with me from childhood. I've been teaching and painting for over 26 years in many different mediums, but found my art soul mate in mixed media.

I produce my own line of stencils and create soulful and informative workshops in mixed media. You can see more of my art, workshops and stencils at www.shawnpetite.com. You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook

My favorite quote: "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou