2020 Montorno Instructors

Steven Walker & David Hazard(May 13 – 25, 2020)

Art*iculation

Steven Walker Arrive: Wed, May 13, 2020 – Depart: Mon, May 25, 2020


Born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Steven Walker discovered his love for art at a very early age. With little interest in anything else, Steven took the next big step towards his pursuit of a career in art when he earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He would later earn his masters in fine arts from Marywood University, where he also met his wife/ fellow artist Evelyn. Since going full time as an artist in 2008, Steven has been included in several local and national juried competitions including the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional show (Award of Excellence), Richeson 75 Landscape Competition, Plein Air Salon, the International Salon Competition, the Oil Painters of America Salon (Award of Excellence), Oil Painters of America National (Honorable Mention) and the Art Renewal Center. Steven also had the privilege of being a part of a statewide traveling exhibition with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Steven continues to work hard on the advancement of his career, with the assistance of his lovely wife Evelyn and studio assistant/daughter Poppy. Currently, his work is represented in Kentucky, Washington State, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Washington, DC.

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David Hazard David Hazard founded ASCENT in 2007, an organization that hosts creative writing schools, retreats and workshops from coast-to-coast in the U.S. and internationally. An award-winning and internationally bestselling author, David has also helped to launch the careers of over 400 successful authors in his 42 years in the publishing and coaching business. In his wide-ranging career, David has coached multi-million-selling authors, as well as everyday people with interesting and powerful stories to tell and teachings to offer the world.

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Nicole Kennedy (May 30 – June 6, 2020)

Paint the Charm of Tuscany from the Mountains to the Sea

Nicole Kennedy

Arrive: Mon, September 9, 2019 – Depart: Mon, September 16, 2019


Nicole White Kennedy is well known for her love of painting Italy, especially al fresco street scenes, beautiful Italian ports, caffés and people in the Italian environment. In 2017 Nicole was awarded Signature Members American Impressionist Society based on many of these works.

Nicole has been painting and teaching for over 17 years and owns one of the top galleries in Raleigh, NC. Her creative path started as a child, always painting and drawing, she went on to study at Parson’s School of Design and School on Visual Arts, followed by a career as an advertising art director in Manhattan. In 1996 she and her husband moved to Raleigh (to open and Italian restaurant) and Nicole has been painting full time ever since. Nicole has continued her artistic journey studying with many master painters throughout the US.

Nicole Kennedy has been in numerous juried exhibits from the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, National Oil & Acrylic Painters, Women Painters of the Southeast. She was awarded Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society in 2017, one year winning the Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence. She won Outstanding Figurative in the annual Woman Painters of the Southeast exhibit and Excellence in Figurative NOAPS online competition. She has won several awards with Audubon National Artists Society exhibit at the Salmagundi Club NYC. Nicole had been published in Fine Arts Connoisseur, American Art Collector, Raleigh News & Observer, Southern Living. In Summer 2018 Nicole was the cover feature and interviewed for Wake Living Magazine, and 2017 for Wrightsville Beach Magazine.

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Heather Sink (June 11 – 18, 2020)

Painting the Tuscan Landscape

Heather Sink

Arrive: Thur, June 11, 2020 – Depart: Thur, June 18, 2020


Heather Sink was born in northern England. She’s always had a passion for the arts and enjoyed painting still life and landscapes in watercolor growing up. As an adult, she worked and traveled all over Europe taking in the diverse sights and cultures. She earned a Fine Arts and Education Degree from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Heather taught art in the North Carolina public schools for many years, as well as Jordan Art Center.

Now, Heather has a gallery/studio in Beaufort, NC, called Craving Art Studio where she paints, teaches classes, and hosts visiting artists workshops. The subjects which draw Heather are mostly vignettes of the coastal area of her beloved Beaufort, North Carolina. Abstract painting is an avenue she is exploring. She strives for her work to connect with the viewer in a personal way and on an emotional level. Heather is a board member of the Arts Council of Carteret County, an artist member with the Visual Art Exchange and a member of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

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Angela Nesbit(June 23 – 30, 2020)

Painting Light and Color in Tuscany – A Cultural Immersion

Angela Nesbit

Arrive: Tue, June 23, 2020 – Depart: Tue, June 30, 2020


Angela Nesbit effortlessly captures light, movement, and texture. Recognized for her portraits of children in motion and her unique style, she uses a brush and palette knife to build energetic layers of paint on top of a heavily underpainted canvas. Angela’s subjects often walk a fine line between abstraction and reality. Settled amid thick layers of paint, her simple subjects wander softly in and out of the background. Angela’s journey in the art world began when she met Andy Braitman in 2000. She has since logged countless and often exhausting hours into the pursuit of chasing luminosity and texture in her work. She loves to paint what she knows—children, flowers and the coast—and is connected to her subject matter with a great deal of passion. This passion has an energy of its own and is evident in her paintings. She is just as passionate about the paint and surface of the object being painted as she is her process as a journey, creating layers of paint with brush and palette knife. Angela received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and studied classical drawing and painting at Queens University and Spirit Square Center for the Arts in Charlotte, N.C. She has studied intensively with Andy Braitmanof Charlotte since 2000. She has also studied with many nationally recognized artists such as Cedric and Joanette Egeli, William Schultz, Jove Wang, Camille Przewodek, Peggi Kroll-Roberts and Ken Auster. Most recently Angela had the honor of painting with Cynthia Packard in Provincetown, MA. Angela is committed to further development and carefully selects artists she admires to study under each year.

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Danni Dawson & Mike Francis (July 5 - 17, 2020)

Painting & Bas-Relief

Danni Dawson Arrive: Sun, July 5, 2020 – Depart: Fri, July 17, 2020


Danni Dawson received her B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from George Washington University and apprenticed with Nelson Shanks. A professional artist and teacher for over 25 years, Danni has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally, and has received many awards including the Allied Artist Award, the Salmagundi Painting Prize, The Audubon Award and an Award for Painting from The National Academy of Art and Design. Her work has also been featured in American Artist, most recently in the Winter 2007 issue of American Artist Workshop article "Danni Dawson: Helping Still Life Painters Find an Individual Voice." With over 300 portraits to her credit, Danni Dawson has painted heads of state, dignitaries, and university officials as well as senior members of the military and medical communities. Her portraits and still life paintings are displayed in collections throughout the world.

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Mike FrancisMike Francis studied at the Corcoran School of Art, received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and his MFA from George Washington University. Teaching experience includes the Art League School (1978 to present), George Washington University (20 years), George Mason University, Trinity College, Northern Virginia Community College, Prince George’s Community College, and Charles County Community College. In addition, he has taught abroad through the auspices of various institutions in Paris, Brittany, Spain, Greece, Italy, and Ireland. Mike has had twenty solo exhibitions in the last twenty-six years, and participated in hundreds of group efforts. Many of these events were reviewed in various media. He has received several awards, including the Virginia Prize for Painting and the David Lloyd Kresge Award.

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Adrienne Wyman (July 23 – 30, 2020)

Impressions of Italy

Adrienne Wyman

Arrive: Thur, July 23, 2020 – Depart: Thur, July 30, 2020


Adrienne Wyman is an accomplished artist best known for: lifelike portraits, intimate mother and child scenes, and portraying vibrant markets and cultures around the world. Her mother and child paintings have been compared to "a modern Mary Cassatt" and The Washington Post described her portraits as elegant. As a teacher, Adrienne is encouraging, communicates clearly, and has an infectious passion for art history. A popular instructor at the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC, teaching oil painting classes infused with lessons from art history which combine hands-on painting, lectures, and museum tours. Adrienne also lectures at George Mason University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Montgomery College, as well as teaching visual arts at Blyth Templeton Academy on Capitol Hill.

Adrienne received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Art History from Auburn University. She received her World Art History Certification from Smithsonian Associates in winter 2017, and expects to earn her M.A. in Art History from George Mason University in 2020.

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Gavin Glakas (August 4 – 16, 2020)

Painting Tuscan Life

Gavin Glakas

Arrive: Thur, August 4, 2020 – Depart: Tues, August 16, 2020


Gavin Glakas grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and started drawing about the time he started walking. He studied with at Washington University in St. Louis and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. After graduation, Glakas spent a year and a half working on Capitol Hill as a Senate staffer. He had planned to go to law school, but after an eight-month illness culminating in the removal of a tumor from his lung at the age of 24, he decided to pursue his lifelong ambition of a career as an artist. Glakas began showing his work in galleries almost immediately and spent five years studying with Danni Dawson and Robert Liberace. He has won numerous honors for his artwork, including awards from the Portrait Society of America and the Butler Institute of American Art. His paintings have been featured on NBC News and in The Washington Post, as well as American Art Collector, In-ternational Artist, The American Scholar, Art Business News, The Strand and Elan magazines, and exhibited at museums and galler-ies throughout the country.

Glakas’ paintings hang in the permanent collections of the US Senate, the House of Representatives, the Virginia State Capitol, Georgetown & George Washington Universities, and The Society of the Four Arts Museum in Palm Beach, FL, as well as numerous private collections. He teaches painting and drawing at the Yellow Barn Studio and is represented by Principle Gallery of Alexandria, VA, and Charleston, SC.

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Dan Thompson (August 22 – 29, 2020)

Painting on Location in Tuscany

Dan Thompson

Arrive: Sat, August 22, 2020 – Depart: Sat, August 29, 2020


Dan Thompson, Studio Incamminati’s Dean of Fine Arts, has won numerous awards including the American Society of Portrait Artists Grand Prize; awards of exceptional Merit in the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition; and Second Place, Figurative Category, in Art Renewal Center's International ARC Salon. In addition to serving as Faculty Chair of the Certificate of Fine Arts program at the New York Academy of Art, he has held teaching positions at Parsons The New School for Design, the Art Students League of New York, and the Water Street Atelier. His work can be found in collections in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. He is a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC, and earned his MFA from the Graduate School of Figurative Art, New York Academy of Art.

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