2022 Montorno Instructors

Heather Sink (June 11 – 18, 2022)

Painting the Tuscan Landscape

Heather Sink

Arrive: Sat, June 11, 2022 – Depart: Sat, June 18, 2022

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.

Contact Heather. Visit Heather's website.

CANCELLED: Danni Dawson & Mike Francis (July 3 - 15, 2022)

Painting & Bas-Relief

Danni Dawson Arrive: Sun, July 3, 2022 – Depart: Fri, July 15, 2022

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.

Contact Danni and visit Danni's website.

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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