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Adam is a member of the Monday and Tuesday class. His favorite subjects include landscapes
and a wide range of animals. Adam has a very steady hand which allows him to capture the
fine details of his paintings. He enjoys trying new
mediums and techniques but also loves working
with acrylics and pastels. He is shy when meeting new people but soon warms up to them and is usually seen with a smile on his face.
Adam is a dynamic member of the Tuesday and
Friday day class. He is an exuberant artist with an extensive imagination and skill set. Adam
creates unique textures in his paintings by using
varying techniques, and excels in landscapes as well as animals. He is kind and compassionate
and is always quick to make his fellow classmates laugh!
Amber walks into the studio on Thursday nights
and is ready to paint. She can usually be seen
with pink and purple on her brush as she paints
with articulate detail. She loves to express herself
through her art and has a bold love for temporary
tattoos, which she shows off proudly.
Amy has been painting since she was a child, and she is one of the earliest artists at the Heart Gallery participating since 2010. She enjoys the social and creative community at
the Gallery. Amy leads decisive interpretations
to each project, creatively choosing her own subject matter, composition and colors. She has
a definitive bold style that demonstrates her
Andrea joined the Heart Gallery late in 2013 and now attends Thursday evening program. She practiced
private art lessons for three years in the past and
enjoys the creative process. Andrea frequently
incorporates a sense of humor in her artwork, feeling free to expand on reality and create her own interpretation. She is a skilled cartoonist
and often focuses on animal and human figures.
Anna attends the Friday half day class and is the light of the class. She paints with large brush strokes which gives her paintings various
textures and designs. Her favorite color to paint with is orange and she loves to incorporate it
into her work. Anna loves to paint images of cats and various other animals. She comes into class with a smile and a willingness to try any new technique or medium with ease. Anna is
very compassionate towards her peers and the instructors.
Ashley has been an artist at the Studio since January of 2015. She loves vibrant colors and
anything that is tie dye-inspired. Though Ashley
is soft spoken, her work demonstrates bold, saturated color patterns that reflect her bright
inner spirit. Her subject matter often includes
florals and rainbows. Ashley is a focused and
diligent artist striving for her best. Ashley loves
listening to her own music while she creates her
Ben joined the Heart Gallery summer of 2012. He loves the process of creating artwork and is a
very prolific painter! Ben’s style is characterized
by decorative paint dabbing and intense colors.
He enjoys painting a variety of subject matter from churches to wildlife, but his preferred subject is also his favorite singer—Elvis Presley. Ben is a motivated Artist and enjoys coming to class each week!
Benessia is a part of Monday class program. She
is outgoing and vivacious, and her energy always
shows in her artwork. Benessia’s style is achieved
through large brushstrokes and color blocking
to describe an image. Her palette often includes
bright and neon colors. Benessia often includes
her favorite sports teams in her work through either direct subject matter or color.
Billy joined the Friday Studio class in July 2014. He
enjoys art very much and is working to improve
his skills and range of knowledge. A very detailoriented
painter, Billy often works from his own
original photos. His favorite subject matter are animals and landscape scenes, in which you can see his concentrated, meticulous brush strokes. Billy is self-motivated, positive, and proud of his completed works.
Bob has many interests, and since joining the Friday Studio class in 2010 he has incorporated many of these into his artwork! He especially loves trains and often works from photos of the Strasburg Railroad. Bob is able to focus on
tiny details, producing remarkable results even
on the most complex subjects. Bob is also an
accomplished violinist and occasionally shares
his talents at special events at the Heart Gallery.
Briahna joined the Studio in January 2015. She
is an enthusiastic artist who vigorously uses her
brush to create unique textures and strokes--her
style is extremely impressionistic. She is very
inquisitive and willing to do whatever it takes
to make a piece successful. Once done with a
painting, Bri will always ask, “Are we going to paint
more?”; nothing seems to curb her enthusiasm!
When she’s in class you see her soul come alive
and her genuine excitement for all that occurs
in the studio. She loves listening to music and is
always ready to discuss whatever she hears.
Candace has been a part of the Heart Gallery since 2012. Candace’s sociability thrives in the context of a diverse population at the studio.
Upon learning someone’s name, Candace will
often burst into a name song. She can often
be caught singing or humming while painting.
Candace’s artwork is often represented through
bright and pastel colors, broad strokes and scraping techniques. She enjoys the subject
matter of wildlife, botany, and landscapes.
Charles joined the Friendship Heart Gallery early
in 2011. He loves color and has a special knack for
farm scenes and abstract designs. Charles uses
very careful, fine brushstrokes to add detail to his
works. In the studio, Charles is very polite and
complimentary to his fellow classmates, and he
takes pride in his work and activities both within
and outside of the Gallery.
Chris is an easygoing and friendly member of Monday and Wednesday classes. He joined the program in 2013 and has produced an impressive variety of successful paintings since then! Chris has a natural sense for abstract painting, using bold and rich colors. He also enjoys painting realistic pet portraits, and he takes a lot of pride in seeing his work on display in the Gallery.
Crystal, more lovingly referred to by her studio
mates as “Sweets,” is an extremely focused artist
who considers each brushstroke with intention.
Sweets enjoys experiementing with a variety
of techniques, mediums, and subject matter-
-creating a diverse portfolio. Crystal’s style is
defined with textural elements where her work
demonstrates evidence of dry brush and other
Dan has been a Heart Artist since early 2014. He is very friendly with his studio classmates, always quick to learn new names and ask many
thoughtful questions. Dan is a meticulous artist
and enjoys creating representational works. He
is successful in creating watercolors, acrylic and pen work. Dan always looks forward to showing
and selling his artwork!
Deb is an outgoing cowgirl at heart--she loves all things country! This interest translates into all of her work, from Southwestern-inspired jewelry
to paintings of horses. Deb loves to use what she
calls a “swamp” color palette: blues, greens and
browns. Deb is an independant and confident
artist. She enjoys making her own artistic choices,
however she is also a frequent collaborator with
the gallery’s partner artist, Bob Redcay,
Desiree joined Friendship Heart Studio in April
2019. As an artist, she uses her skillset to create
fine details in her painting. This requires much
patience and the determination to remain
focused. Desiree is an animal enthusiast and
especially loves painting images of cats. She is
soft spoken and a good listener when it comes to
receiving direction on learning new techniques
throughout the painting process. Desiree is kind
and caring and looks out for the well-being of her
Diana joined the Monday afternoon studio class
in the spring of 2014. A pleasant and sunny
individual, Diana’s face especially lights up when
she finishes a painting! She is a very focused
worker and most enjoys painting landscapes,
cityscapes and flowers. Diana’s works often have
a remarkable texture and depth, a result of her
precise and deliberate brushstroke technique.
Donna began as a Heart Artist in February 2014.
She has a quiet and mannerly personality, but it
is clear that coming to the studio is a highlight
of her week! Donna shows great potential in
her artwork, as she is both diligent and willing
to listen to instruction. She is a realistic painter
by nature but also makes very original and
bold color choices. Donna excels at capturing
the natural world in her paintings, particularly
flowers and animals.
Elliott is a member of the Friday half day class.
He is laidback and often the voice of reason in his
chaotic class! While at the studio, Elliott freely
tosses his brush across the paper and creates
unique landscapes that incorporate a variety of
distinct textures. Elliott enjoys painting with blues
and greens in large patches and enjoys learning
Emily is an Artist in the Tuesday class and enjoys
challenging herself and others around her. She will
often select complex works to be able to challenge
herself and grow as an individual and an artist. She
enjoys painting portraiture, animals and flowers
and usually does so with some dance and sass.
Emily is vibrant and lively when she comes to class
and enjoys socializing with her friends in program.
Emily is a vivacious artist who has a bit of a theatrical side. You’ll often find her busting a
move or breaking out in soulful song in the middle
of the studio--all the while, intensely working
on her paintings. She always likes to challenge
herself to try new techniques. Emily is passionate
about her artwork and is constantly striving to
grow as an artist. She’s not afraid to voice her
opinions and is most excited when one of her
pieces is chosen for the Gallery.
Emily first came to Tuesday evening class like a wrecking ball as she whipped paint onto the canvas with a Jackson Pollock-like ferocity. She had and still has, an unadulterated love for expressing herself through art and isn’t afraid to get a little messy while doing it! She loves to paint to the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack with a
hint of hot pink her brush. Emily finds excitement in painting abstracts and especially enjoys working with large-scale paintings and alcohol inks. Her bold color choices are as bold as her opinions and personality.
Erica joined the program in April 2015 and is a
member of the Wednesday Studio class. Erica is
a goofy gal who is always up for a laugh. She is
an inquisitive artist who is always willing to try
new things and loves the color purple. Erica is
diligent in the creation of her artwork and, while
detail-oriented, is still able to keep a very free flowing
artistic style. She loves to socialize with
her peers in the studio and is rarely ever without
Gerry joined the Heart Gallery in 2011 and
attends studio classes every Tuesday, Thursday
and Friday. Gerry is very independent in her
artwork but is open to suggestions on trying
something new. She favors painting in a realistic
style, using small detail brushes. She has also
begun experimenting more with watercolors.
Gerry is thoughtful and outgoing with her fellow
artists and others, and she enjoys showing and
selling her work in the Gallery. She comes into
the Studio with a smile and sometimes with a
photograph of her Boston Terrier, Fred.
Glenda is an artist in the Thursday evening class.
Glenda comes to class with a smile and loves to
socialize with her neighbors. She has slow and
steady brush strokes that allow her to capture
the greatest detail. She is willing to try any new
style or medium and loves to challenge her
Isaac’s has been part of the Monday and Tuesday
Studio Program since June of 2019. With a
steady hand, Isaac creates beautiful unwavering
lines in his paintings and can catch the tiniest
detail with ease. He enjoys working in a variety
of media, but has a special fondness for using
colored pencils and pen to create his blending
masterpieces. Isaac’s is one of the most kind and
friendly presences in the studio!
Jelani is an expressive and
entertaining artist in the studio. He
loves animals and has a special talent
for mimicking their sounds! Animals
are also his favorite subject matter
to paint, especially chickens. Jelani
is generous and helpful in the studio,
always the first to show concern when
a classmate is hurt or upset. Jelani is
always excited when he completes a successful painting.
Jenna is rarely without a smile and an eagerness
to paint when she walks into the studio on
Thursday evenings. She is an independent
painter who enjoys picking her own color palette
and usually selects every bright color she can
find. Her paintings have a feel of whimsy to
them which matches her personality. She loves
painting well known public icons and characters
from her favorite movies. Jenna loves to find out
that she has a painting in an upcoming exhibit!
Jenna Began attending the Gallery in the
summer of 2017. Her determination with art is
only matched by her desire to learn. She tends
to chose a bright color palette and works on a
variety of subject matter. Her laugh is contagious
as well as her smile.
Jennifer has been attending the Heart Gallery
since the fall of 2015. She is passionate about her
artwork and takes being an artist very seriously.
Her favorite thing to do at the studio is jewelry
making and painting sophisticated landscapes.
She is a very detail oriented painter and enjoys
mixing her own colors to get the perfect hue.
Jennifer is very social and charismatic in the
classroom and is always willing to share her
opinions about the direction of her pieces. She
is usually the first one in the door and will greet
each peer individually with a smile on her face.
Jessica attends art class twice a week. She is quiet
and very polite. She works well in acrylic, but also
in a number of other mediums and styles. She
is most successful in her realistic and abstract
landscapes. Jessica chooses her inspirations,
as well as those suggested by staff. Respectful
and friendly, Jessica works well with her fellow
Artists and instructors. She enjoys working with
large brushes and a variety of materials to create
amazing textures and layering effects.
John joined the Heart program in December
2013, and he enjoys coming to the studio every
Thursday. John is very friendly and courteous to
his instructors and fellow classmates, but when
working he is quiet and focused. John is willing
to work in a variety of media, though he most
enjoys acrylics. He often chooses a color palette
of deep purples and blues, and his compositions
are made up of bright, bold brushwork.
Josh takes immense pride in creating art and
using his own ideas to further his work. He is
confidently ambitious in his creativity and other
interests. He often talks about his many talents
of writing, singing and dancing. Josh also has
a great sense of humor with sharing jokes and
keeping the class laughing and smiling.
Justin attends the Friday studio class and has a
passion for the color green. He attempts to use
green in all his paintings. Justin prefers abstract
paintings that leave the viewer unsure of the
subject matter. When painting, Justin likes to
use a lot of paint and water, creating thick layers
across the piece. Justin is very polite and quick to
greet his classmates and instructors each week.
Kandi has been with the Friendship Heart
Gallery since 2011 and attends the Tuesday
evening class and Thursday class. She is a
very positive presence in the studio, frequently
complimenting and encouraging others on their
work. Kandi absolutely loves the color purple and
rarely paints a piece without it! She has created
successful paintings in both watercolors and
acrylics and has started branching off into other
mediums such as alcohol inks.
Karen has been part of the Heart Gallery since
2011. Attending program has allowed her to
discover a true passion for creating! A member
of the Tuesday class, Karen has a profound love
of horses and often includes them in her artwork.
She is complimentary of her classmates’ work
and takes a lot of pride in her own successes.
Karen loves to know as soon as a painting sells,
because she saves her Gallery earnings for
Kayshale is an independent painter who
creates with intense focus and patience. Her
primary subject matter includes pop-culture,
portraiture, and botany. Kayshale is known
for her portraits of Justin Bieber and Jennifer
Lopez, two of her favorites from popular
music culture. Kayshale has a keen sense of
value and contrast in her artmaking, often
working in greyscale. She enjoys interacting
with her studio mates and often arrives early
to make time to socialize.
Keith usually arrives to art class very reserved,
but with a paintbrush in his hand he transforms
into a talkative jokester. He has been a part of
the Tuesday evening class since 2011. Keith
takes artistic direction well and enjoys working
one-on-one with an instructor or volunteer. He
particularly enjoys painting birds of various kinds
and can be very inventive with his color schemes.
Kristina began with the Heart Gallery in January
2014. She is an enthusiastic artist, always willing
to try new techniques and combine her ideas
with the instructors’ suggestions. Kristina lives on
a farm, she often chooses to paint farm animals,
and her “Cool Cow” watercolor won 1st place in
the 2014 statewide Universal Language contest .
Kristina is very proud of her artwork and loves to
share her completed paintings with her family!
Kyle has been part of the studio classes in
2015. He is a diligent and self-determined artist
who is extremely detail-oriented and works
independently. He enjoys perspective drawings,
which he incorporates in his work. He has a
light touch with a brush, giving him the ability
to produce fine, detailed work. Kyle is kind and
considerate of his teachers and peers and is loves
greeting everyone who comes into the Studio.
Lydia is a joy to have in the Wednesday class.
She is one of the Studios liveliest members, yet
she is openly encouraging and brings smiles
all around to her classmates. She enjoys using
vibrant color and various techniques to achieve
her desired outcome for a painting. Lydia is also
a skilled detail painter and has a steady hand.
Her favorite part of her week is art class.
Mary Lou G.
Mary Lou is one of our most experienced Artists,
having been with the Heart Gallery since 2010.
She attends both Monday and Thursday classes.
Mary Lou takes her time and enjoys every moment
involved with her artwork. If she isn’t completely
happy with how something is turning out, she
will repaint it until she is satisfied! Mary Lou
especially loves to paint animals, and her style is
characterized by tiny, precise brushstrokes and
interesting use of flat space.
Matt has a pleasant and sociable presence in
the Tuesday evening studio. He enjoys laughter
and keeping his studio mates upbeat. Matt loves
to socialize with his fellow Artists. He is skilled
at representing Lancaster County scenes and
culture in a painterly style. He often creates
expressionistic work with bright colors and light.
Maureen is part of the Monday class since June
2018 and is a very focused and detail oriented
artist. She enjoys pushing herself as an artist and
trying new techniques. She loves using patterns
in her work and is usually working on her line
work. Maureen has also started trying out new
mediums to be able to achieve her desired look.
Micah has been part of the Tuesday evening class
since July 2017 and lights up the class with his
bright smile. He is highly driven when it comes
to art class and gets excited about making art.
He is very enthusiastic about painting. He paints
with an expressive style, using a mix of realism
Michele loves to come into the Studio smiling
and has since she started in April of 2019. She
is an easy going Artist who loves to learn new
techniques and styles and enjoys using acrylic
paint the most. Michele is an animal enthusiast
and often incoorporates this into her paintings.
She excels at identifying primary colors and
uses them as her color palette. Michele is a
compassionate individual who cares about her
Michelle has been attending the Heart Studio
since October 2016. She is warm and sociable;
she is always interested in the happiness
and wellbeing of others, and enjoys sharing
with her fellow artists with positive words of
encouragement. Michelle’s painting styles
include the painterly, realism, and abstraction.
She uses a variety of techniques, and loves
learning new ideas for creating. She enjoys
landscapes as a favorite subject matter.
Neal is a dichotomy of sorts, as he manages to
be a social butterfly in his class and, at the same
time, meticulously work on his artwork. Neal
has been part of the Tuesday Evening program
since 2012. He takes his time and strives to make
sure that every detail is painted perfectly ; he is
very dedicated to his craft. Neal also has strong
freehand drawing skills. His favorite subject
matter is birds—if you hear a bird call in the
middle of class, you most certainly know Neal is
in the house!
Nick has been part of the Thursday Class since
March 2019 and his passion for art is shown
in his finely detailed pieces. He loves painting
classic cars and will often use his own images
for his inspirations. Nick has a very steady hand
and paints with very fine brush strokes. His
favorite medium to use is acrylic but he also
enjoys trying new mediums and techniques.
Nick is usually one of the first Artists to arrive
in the studio and will enthusiastically greet
everyone who comes in.
Patrick has been part of the Tuesday Evening
Studio since August 2015. He comes from a very
artistic family. Inspired by his father’s art, he
creates beautiful pen and ink drawings. More
recently, Patrick is most excited to experiment
with paint scraping techniques, with amazing
results! He has a very good ability to design and
choose color combinations, which translates well
to abstract painting and jewelry making. Patrick
expresses a quiet pride and happiness when he
completes a piece of artwork.
Randy has been a member of the Monday
class since July 2018 and can usually be seen
with a smile on his face. His subjects of choice
are usually farm and nature scenes. He is very
detail oriented and stays focused to be able
to paint the fine details. Randy is a very social
individuals who loves to talk about his day and
communicate with his peers in class.
Becky is a soft-spirited member of the Tuesday
evening class since August 2017. While she is
not the most talkative, when a brush is put in
her hand, her smile speaks for itself. She loves
painting florals and forests which is a perfect
match for her love of large textural abstractions.
Becky also enjoys incorporating her clothing
colors in her paintings and always gives a big
smile when starting or finishing a painting.
Robert is a previous Artist in the Heart Studio
who rejoined the Thursday Day Program in May
of 2019. He is attentive and dedicated to his
work and excels in capturing fine details. Among
painting at the gallery, he enjoys photography,
country music and bowling. Robert is a loyal
Penn State fan and his favorite color is red.
Sarah has been a lively member of the
Thursday evening class since January 2014.
In her artwork she is meticulous and focused,
often staying a few minutes after the rest
of her classmates have left in order to finish
a painting. Sarah enjoys both abstract and
realistic painting, and she loves to incorporate
her favorite color, green, and her favorite singer,
Bruno Mars, whenever possible.
Sarah has been a part of the Gallery since
April 2014 and attends the Friday studio class.
One of the most outgoing Heart Artists, Sarah
loves to come to the studio to see her friends
each week! She enjoys the process of painting
while surrounded by other artists. Sarah’s
artwork is often bright and bold, and she enjoys
experimenting with paint scraping techniques.
Her work can often be seen with bold circles
and other geometric shapes.
Saul has been part of the Wednesday morning
class since July 2017. He is very soft spoken
and shy when meeting new people. Saul is a
caring individual with a great sense of humor.
He enjoys using bold and messy brush strokes
to create detailed pieces. His favorite medium to
use is acrylic paint but he enjoys testing others
as well. When he is not at the studio he can be
found spending time with his dog Saulina.
Sharon has been part of the Tuesday evening
group since June 2017 and is rarely seen
without a smile on her face. She enjoys
socializing with her peers but is able to stay
focused on her work. Sharon uses big and bold
brushstrokes to create her detailed paintings
and enjoys a variety of subject matter. Sharon is
compassionate and is always willing to help out
her fellow classmates.
Sharon squeals with delight when she finishes
her artwork! She is delighted to see what she has
accomplished and loves all varities of art. Sharon
is a detailed painter working in painterly and
realism styles. Since joining the program in 2011,
she has created many successful paintings in both
watercolor and acrylic. Sharon is an enthusiastic
and fun member of the Thursday studio who
loves learning that one of her painting sold!
Shawn has been part of the Wednesday
afternoon program since November 2014.
Shawn has a very social and upbeat personality,
he is kind and gentle among his fellow studio
artists. Art and music are two of his favorite
passions. He loves to jam to his iPod during
breaks and sing to his favorite group, Alabama.
He is attentive, cooperative, and follows
directions and suggestions. Shawn forwards
an impressionistic style in his paintings with
acrylics being his medium of choice.
Stacy is an energetic member of the
Wednesday Studio class. She loves to paint
with large brushes and swift strokes, which
contribute to her beautiful abstract paintings.
Stacy also loves holidays and often requests
to do related artwork in anticipation of each
season! A Heart Artist since 2011, Stacy is happy
and at ease in the studio environment, and
she often helps her classmates and instructors
throughout the day.
Susan comes to Thursday evening program to
have a good time and partake in a bellybusting
laugh. She has been happily painting in the
Studio since September 2015 and enjoys
painting a lot of different subjects, but her
favorite are pugs (personally owning 4). She
uses bold patterns in her paintings with broad
and messy strokes. Susan is an involved artist
even outside the gallery, and enjoys sketching
and cartooning regularly.
Taylor joined Tuesday’s studio class in April
2015. He is fun-loving and energetic by nature.
He loves to interact with his teachers and fellow
artists. Taylor produces loose, free-style work
and loves to paint with blues and greens. He is
highly enthusiastic about his finished pieces!
Taylor enjoys painting, especially his favorite
subjects using his favorite colors.
Tim is one of our most involved Heart Artists,
attending studio classes three days a week.
He has been part of the Heart Gallery since
2010. A very prolific painter, Tim has a natural
sense of touch and makes free and expressive
brushstrokes. Tim is skilled working with acrylic
medium and often uses a palette knife to create
beautiful textured abstractions. Lately, he
has enjoyed branching off into various other
mediums as well. Tim is excited about learning
photography as the next step in his artistic
Tyre has been bringing some extreme sass
and spunk to the Thursday evening class since
May 2014. He often quips and banters with his
instructors and fellow classmates. He enjoys
putting his own spin on his paintings through
fun textures and playing with colors. Tyre paints
mostly with broad brush strokes but can easily
focus in on fine detail as well.
Vincent is known for his funny and upbeat
personality and loves to join in on a good laugh.
Vince has a bright sense of light in his painting,
using brush strokes with an emotive quality to
create depth and movement. He is successful
with landscape and floral subjects which
demonstrate his impressionistic style beautifully.
Vince has been a Tuesday studio artist at the
Heart Studio since 2011.
Wendy is a fast painter; using loose, bold
brush strokes and lots of color to develop her
expressionistic personal style. Her favorite
subject matter includes flowers and animals.
Wendy enjoys socializing with her teachers and
fellow artists in class. She is a vivacious and
clever member of the studio. Wendy joined the
Thursday class in May 2015 and she joined the
Wednesday class in June 2019.