Gage Academy of Art Instructors:

Aaron Coberly was born in Seattle in 1971. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember. He started taking art seriously as a teenager after being invited to attend a life drawing class. Living and traveling in Europe further inspired him. He began oil painting in 1999. His work is primarily figurative with a stylistic nod to the Masters and the Impressionists. Aaron runs an open painting and drawing session in Seattle. He resides in the greater Seattle area and is married with a young son.
Barbara Fugate received her MFA in painting from Miami University of Ohio. She has exhibited in Kentucky, Washington and New York and is published in “The Best of Drawing and Sketching” by Terry Sullivan, “Landscape Painting” by Mitch Abala, and “Contemporary Drawing” by Margaret Davidson. Barbara teaches at Gage Academy of Art, and conducts art workshops in Washington and abroad. “Drawing and painting is about discovery, revealing a reality that is ever more authentic and genuine to me. What is most inspirational is the transient nature of life; things dynamic, moving, and in transition.” –Barbara Fugate
Barbara Noah is a visual artist who teaches painting, drawing, mixed media, and 2D/3D interdisciplinary arts, including both representational and abstract work. She has taught at the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, UCLA, and Cal State University, Long Beach. Her art practice has included work in several media (digital imaging, painting, print, photography, sculpture, installations, and public art). She has exhibited in venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, Artists’ Space and The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the City Museum in Nakhodka, Russia, the Shenzhen Art Institute Gallery in China, and the Biennial Exhibition of La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine-Paris in France. Her work has been published in ARTnews and Art in America. Barbara is the recipient of Artist Trust’s THA Grant and a Pollock/Krasner Grant. She received her B.A in Art from Mills College and an MFA from Pratt Institute in New York.
Brandy has been studying art for the past 25 years beginning with classes at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Or. She studied for 10 years at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA focusing primarily on the figure — taking many drawing and anatomy courses as well as painting in pastel and drawing with mixed media under Terry Furchgott. Brandy studied classical drawing and oil painting for 3 years at Georgetown Atelier in Seattle, Wa under Tenaya Sims, graduating in 2012. During that same time she studied anatomy and ecorche at the Seattle Sculpture Atelier under Matt Buckner. In 2013 Brandy began teaching traditional oil painting out of her studio in Snohomish, WQ and has taught classes in Woodinville, at Gage Academy of Art and Kirkland Art Center. Brandy’s main focus is on figurative work but she enjoys still life, interior scenes and exterior scenes such as cityscapes as well. All of her work employs a touch of narrative.
Brian Snoddy graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1985. He started working at the in-house ad agency of software reseller Egghead Software in 1986, and worked there for 6 1/2 years. He helped to create the newspaper ads, coupon books, direct mail, and eventually became a product illustrator. After Egghead fired the entire art department one day, Brian went to work for Creative Fire Studio. There he worked in comics, where he drew backgrounds and did some occasional inking for such titles as Shaman’s Tears, Bar Sinister, and Classic Star Wars. At this time he also started working on storyboards for Saturday morning cartoons. He worked on several shows including EXO Squad, X Men, Disney’s Gargoyles, Garfield and Friends, and Jim Lee’s Wild Cats. In the early 1990’s, Brian became one of the “First 49” original Magic the Gathering artists, where he produced over 150 paintings. Brian then pursued an active career in SCI FI and fantasy CCG industry. One of the many other card games Brian worked on was the popular CCG, Legend of the Five Rings. In 2001, Brian co founded and co created Privateer Press, the producer of the popular table top fantasy war game Warmachine. Brian later went onto work in the video game industry, historical illustration, and is now currently a full time concept artist/illustrator at Flying Frog Productions; that produces the popular horror adventure game Shadows of Brimstone. Brian is also and avid Japanese arms and armor collector and researcher.
Charles Emerson is a Pacific Northwest painter who creates richly hued abstract paintings that describe ethereal and atmospheric spaces. Embracing color as the foundation of his work, Emerson builds his compositions by applying layers of subtly varied tones that shift with light. His paintings contain terrestrial forms, celestial shapes, and painterly marks, each depicting an emotive microcosm with every varying palette. His paintings are reflections on personal experiences and an engagement with the concept that “nothing ever stays the same.” Emerson uses painting both as a visual diary– recording places, significant moments, and interpersonal interactions- -as well as a part of a spiritual search where one can transcend the here and now. Charles Emerson, originally from Los Angeles, received his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Southern California. He was the recipient of the Fulbright Grant, and he completed his fellowship in Venice, Italy in 1961. Emerson has shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Venice, Italy and Los Angeles, CA. He was the artist-in-residence at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego) in La Jolla, CA, and at Reed College in Portland, OR. Emerson has resided in the Northwest for more than 30 years, and he teaches color theory and painting at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.
Dominique Medici is a NYC-based artist specializing in both Egg tempera and Oil painting. Primarily a portrait and figure painter, she studied in London and has exhibited internationally, including Art in Action, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Christie’s Young Artist Exhibition. She was a semi-finalist in the 2016 BP Portrait Prize, 2006 Outwin Boochevor Portrait Completion and recently received an honorable mention in the 2014 Portrait Society of America members show and honorable mention for portraiture during Oil Painters of America’s 24th Annual National Juried Show and the Margaret Dole Award at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th Annual Exhibition. Dominique has undertaken numerous international portrait commissions and her work in displayed in many private collections throughout Europe and the US. Dominique has a passion for teaching and has taught extensively both privately and publicly.
Elizabeth A. Brown is an independent scholar, consultant, and educator specializing in contemporary art and the history of photography. From 2000-2011 she was Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions & Collections at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, following positions at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, and the University Art Museum, UC Santa Barbara. She has published articles, essays, and exhibition catalogues and curated over 50 major exhibitions, including mid-career surveys of Kiki Smith (photographic work) and Lari Pittman (drawings), WOW (The Work of the Work), which explored how contemporary art affects the viewer; and 150 Works of Art, an innovative display of the Henry’s permanent collection. Brown earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees, all in the history of art, from Columbia University in New York.
Gary Faigin is the co-Founder and Artistic Director of nationally-renowned Gage Academy of Art in Seattle where he also leads the Faigin Still Life Painting atelier, lectures on Perspective and Portraiture and teaches occasional drawing and painting workshops. With an expertise in Western Art history, Faigin has been leading art tours for Gage to the cultural capitols of the world since 1995. Through a Gage/Town Hall partnership, Faigin hosts televised “Art Talks” with leading American artists, as well as art panels on “hot button” art topics. As a fine artist, his paintings have been shown in galleries in New York, Santa Fe and Seattle as well as one-man museum shows at the Frye Art Museum and the Coos Bay Art Museum. He is currently represented by Bonfire Gallery in Seattle where his next exhibit is schedule for October 2017. Faigin received his artistic training at the Art Students League in New York and the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. Faigin is also the author of “The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression,” published in 1990, which has since been translated into 8 languages with over 175,000 copies sold. Three decades later, Faigin continues to research and lecture on the dynamics of facial expressions at UW’s Animation Research Labs (ARL) in the Paul G Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. Faigin writes art reviews for the Seattle Times. In addition, he serves as a founding trustee of the Cascadia Art Museum, located in Edmonds WA, featuring historic Northwest art.
Geoff Flack is a Colorado born artist currently living and working in Seattle. He is the founder and instructor of the Core Drawing Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art where he also teaches many drawing workshops and classes primarily focusing on the human figure. He holds an MFA in Drawing from the New York Academy of Art and a BA in Drawing from Colorado State University. Geoff’s work has shown in exhibitions in New York and Seattle and has pieces in multiple private collections.
Gus Storms is a comic book creator/illustrator, originally graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He created the sci-fi/superhero serial EGOs (published on Image comics) and has since gone on to illustrate for publishers DC Comics, Image Comics, Black Mask, Soul Temple Records and Aftershock. He’s illustrated for companies such as Radisson Hotels and Sony Pictures and has been featured in the genre-art publications Spectrum and Fantasy+. A recent transplant to Seattle, he previously taught graduate-level comics at the New York Academy of Art.
James Cicatko was born in Cleveland in 1962. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia, graduating Cum Laude with a degree in Painting and Printmaking in 1985. He later attended UNC Chapel Hill on a merit scholarship, graduating in 2003 with an MFA in Studio Art. James has exhibited throughout the country and internationally, and in many Seattle galleries. He is the recipient of Artist Trust GAP grants in 2004 and 2013, as well as an Innovative Arts Education grant from the Ministry of Ontario in 2016.
Jeffrey Simmons has painted and exhibited his work in Seattle for over twenty years. Having grown up in the Midwest, he studied art at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His work is in many private, corporate, and public collections, and he has been a finalist for both the Betty Bowen Award from the Seattle Art Museum (1996) and the Neddy Award, currently administered by Cornish College of the Arts (2008). He is represented in the Northwest by Greg Kucera Gallery, Inc., in Seattle.
Jess Klein studied at Reed College and the London Contemporary Dance School before graduating from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Magna Cum Laude. She is on the Fine Arts Faculty at UPrep and has been teaching dance and yoga to elementary, middle and high school students for the past 15 years. In the early 2000’s she achieved local notoriety as Debbie Dazzle in the Seattle guerrilla performance art duo FANKICK! The duo was named one of the “65 Best Ways To Love Our City” by Seattle Metropolitan magazine and was commissioned by Microsoft, the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, and the Capitol Hill Block Party. As a performer she has worked with many notable Seattle choreographers including the Seattle Opera, Pat Graney Company, Crispin Spaeth Dance Group, LeGendre Performance, Scott Powell Performance, Rainbow Fletcher, Deborah Wolf, and Mark Haim Dance Theater. She toured with Mark Haim’s piece “This Land Is Your Land” which was named “one of the most influential works in the past 15 years” by Dance Magazine in January 2015. Jess has performed at the Southern Theater (MN), PICA’s TBA Festival (OR), the Myrna Loy Center (MT), Dance Theater Workshop (NY), the Joyce Theater (NY), American Dance Festival at Duke University (NC), and in the ArtDanThe Festival (Paris, France). She danced in two Macklemore and Ryan Lewis videos “And We Danced” and “Thrift Shop.” Other film work includes Karn Junkinsmith’s “The Chronicles of Cleo and Jack”, Vockah Redu’s “Fantahsea” and Kris Orlowski’s “Pieces of Me.”
Jim Phalen has a BFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico. He has taught at Bowdoin College in Maine, State University of New York Buffalo, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, and University of Puget Sound. He was a recipient of the Pollock/Krasner Grant, the Artist Trust Grant and was am artist-in-residence in Ireland. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Seattle Times and he has been published in New American Painting. He’s represented by the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in SF and the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville. Jim is married with two adult sons and lives in Kenmore, WA.
Juliette Aristides is a Seattle based painter who seeks to understand and convey the human spirit through art. Actively dedicated to rebuilding a traditional arts education in the United States, Aristides founded the first Atelier in the NW the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, WA in 2000. The co-founder of the DaVinci Initiative promoting skill based art instruction to public school teachers. She teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. Author of The Classical Drawing Atelier, The Classical Painting Atelier, Lessons in Classical Drawing, and Lessons in Classical Painting with Watson-Guptill, NY. Aristides exhibits in numerous one person and group shows nationally and her work has been featured in Gulf Connoisseur Magazine, Artists and Illustrators UK, Artist’s Magazine, American Arts Quarterly, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector and American Artist. Aristides has a Solo museum exhibition Observations 2013 in Reading, PA.
Julia Ricketts is a painter with a twenty-year career of exhibitions in the Northwest. She holds a BFA from Alfred University and has received grants from 4Culture and the The King County Arts Commission as well as residencies at Centrum and the Pilchuck Glass School. Her work is held in the collections of Microsoft, Oregon Health Sciences University, the Tacoma Art Museum, and in numerous private collections.
Kathleen McKeehen is a science illustrator and botanical artist whose training includes the post-grad natural science illustration program at UC Santa Cruz, followed by an internship at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, UK. She has freelanced for a variety of clients and projects, including magazines, guide books, museum displays, text books, and children’s educational products and books. Her work has appeared in botanical art shows in the U.S. and Canada. She currently teaches botanical drawing and painting at Gage Academy of Art, at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture, and at workshops around the state.
Kimberly Trowbridge is a two-time Neddy Award Finalist (2014, 2016), and an Artist Trust GAP Grant recipient (2014). She received an MFA from University of Washington, 2006. She is a plein-air painter, figure painter, installation artist, and performer. She leads plein-air painting tours in Portugal, and Twisp, WA. Trowbridge is passionate about perceiving color relationships in nature and approaches the painting process as a means for self-discovery.
Larine Chung was born in Shanghai, China and raised in Hong Kong. She was trained as a classical pianist since her childhood, but decided to pursue art in college. After she completed her BFA in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she continued to refine her craft studying under renounced painter and writer, Juliette Aristides, with a four-year Classical art training. With her traditional art training background, she is interested in creating works that is relevant to now and would evoke an intellectual and emotional response in people. Chung’s work has received recognition nationally and internationally. She was the recipient of the Waterway fellowship organized by Studio Escalier, France, Robert DeZordo scholarship and Gregory Robinson Scholarship. Her works shown locally with Fountainhead Gallery and Seattle Art Museum gallery, her works also being written in the Stranger (02-2007), American Art Collector (10- 2009) and Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio practice by Aristides. Chung was the visiting artist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2015. She has been interviewed by King FM, Seattle Chinese Time and King 5 evening magazine . She is also featured in the Spanish artists directory Leonardo 2016 and 2017 by Galeria Artelibre.
Lauren Holloway is a multi-media artist. Too curious to focus on just one medium, her artistic practice includes metals in the form of jewelry, textiles by way of screen printing, dying, designing and sewing of garments and accessories, photography, film, painting, and most recently ceramics. She is particularly fond of body adornment as self-expression, public art that reaches the widest audience possible, the intimacy of giving art as gifts, and employing the transformative power of art as a vehicle for social justice. In addition to being a practicing artist, she is also a Special Education Paraprofessional within Seattle Public Schools and enjoys serving learners of all abilities. Some of the exhibits she has recently participated in Seattle include Santuario at 2312 Gallery, Red Lineage at Vermillion, and Open Studios at Inscape Arts. She earned her Interdisciplinary BFA at the University of Washington. Her work can be viewed here.
Linda James was born in a small town in Illinois to a family of artisans working in wood and precious metals. Art has been an interest ever since her first exposure to her uncle’s art studio when she was still in elementary school. The materials, the tools and the colors were exciting. That interest ultimately resulted in a BFA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1971. Her path in life has always included a range of interests. For over 40 years, Linda has been a freelance graphic designer. In addition, she began weaving after college and operated a fiber arts studio in the ’70s, raised a family in the ’80s, became an herbalist in the ’90s, and had an herbal health care practice in the early 2000s. Indigenous art forms have always intrigued her – including Indonesian ikat and shibori, aboriginal dot paintings, Native American carving and basketry, and African and Central American textiles. There is a spiritual content in all of these art forms that unifies them. It is that focused intent that influences her present work in watercolor. In 2010, she began creating one-of-a-kind handpainted artist books. Creating visual narratives is of particular interest as well as exploring the emotional and spiritual vibration of color. Though she has been an artist all of her life, she only recently returned to painting in 2005 after moving to Seattle from Massachusetts. Her watercolor paintings continue to be exhibited regionally and are in private collections around the country. She divides her time between painting, web design, and teaching watercolor classes.
Mardie Rees is a fine artist and figurative sculptor who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Born into a creative family, her childhood was spent building houses, sewing garments, drawing pictures, and visiting museums. When she was a teenager her family moved to Ecuador to facilitate community development; these years spent in a developing country broadened her worldview and became a definitive catalyst for her artistic growth. Upon her return to the U.S., she pursued a fine arts education, earning her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2003. In the years that have followed, Mardie has created life-size bronze sculptures for museums, hospitals, schools, and collectors. Mardie has won accolades for her emotive sculpture, one of which currently resides inside the walls of the Pentagon. Her work has been recognized and awarded by Portrait Society of America, Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America and the National Sculpture Society. Her delight in all people and their stories is the lens through which she captures relationships and the human condition in her artwork. Mardie lives in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her husband and three children.
Michael Magrath has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He discovered figurative sculpture while in his early thirties, and has since dedicated his life to the betterment of his craft and the furtherance of sculptural art. Primarily self taught, he has nonetheless studied and taught in a number of rich sculptural environments, including the University of Washington, the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and Gage Art Academy. Reflecting a decade spent in the building trades as a carpenter, painter, foundryman, and shop technician, he brings a craftsman’s approach to his work. Regardless, his interest in the figure naturally steers toward the narrative and symbolic. Of no particular denomination of religious faith, Magrath attempts to excavate, understand, and depict the universal truths that lie at the core of religious and human experience. His primary focus lies in the embodiment and reinterpretation of mythology in contemporary contexts, and is most interested in its potential to reinvigorate the human spirit, particularly in the face of the cynicism of the modern world.
Mari Shibuya is a local Seattle artist specializing in figurative work and geometric design. Shibuya has her bachelors in Philosophy and Psychology with an emphasis on eastern philosophy and consciousness studies from The Evergreen State College and is a graduate of the Kang O’Higgins Atelier at Gage Academy of Art. The work that she makes explores the natural patterns that permeate the physical and psychological world. Shibuya has exhibited in galleries and public spaces up and down the west coast. Most notably, AXIS Gallery, Artifact Gallery and Praxis Gallery. Shibuya is a mural artist, youth arts educator and facilitator who emphasizes the use of visual arts as a means to empower youth to find their voice and vision for the future. She is very excited to be sharing the joy of oil painting and color with the youth of the Teen Arts Portfolio intensive this summer.
Mitchell Albala is a Seattle-based painter whose semi-abstract and atmospheric landscapes have been exhibited nationally and in Seattle at Lisa Harris Gallery. His book, Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice, is a national bestseller with nearly 37,000 copies in print. Mitchell is also a popular workshop instructor at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Pacific Northwest Art School, Winslow Art Center, Daniel Smith Artist’s Materials, and Arte Umbria in Italy. He has lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines. His popular painting blog, which serves as a companion to his book, was awarded #12 on’s Top 75 Painting Blogs.
Steven Reddy draws detailed illustrations of urban scenes, cluttered interiors and complex still-lifes on location in ink and watercolor. A teacher with Seattle Public Schools since 1998, Reddy spent 2010 traveling throughout Southeast Asia, teaching English and recording his experiences in his sketchbook journals. His drawings from China and Mexico appear in Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Journey. Steven currently teaches Drawing and Illustration at Gage Academy in Seattle, teaches two popular on-line classes with, is an active member of Urban Sketchers, and is kept busy with private commissions. Reddy has published two large format illustrated memoirs which showcase drawings spanning 35 years from his obsessive sketchbook diaries. Now Where Was I? An Illustrated Memoir, and the sequel, This Is Then, That Was Now, a 282-page, full-color, 8.5″ x 11″ illustrated memoir.
Suzanne began teaching at Gage in 1999. Her approach as a teaching artist focuses on method and technique, (not acquiring a style that you already possess), that provides the basic foundation skills to making art. She aims to fill the missing gaps between concept and the application of these ideas with clear information and a step-by-step approach. She has published two books on art and is working on her third.
A gifted artist and a talented teacher, Terry Furchgott has made art her career and her passion for over forty years. She is currently represented by the Lisa Harris Gallery of Seattle, WA. Working primarily in acrylic and soft pastel, her paintings focus on the figure and are notable for their depth of color, strong, innovative compositions and exploration of the archetypal nature of human relationships. Furchgott received an honors degree in art history from Radcliffe College and studied classical drawing and painting at the Camden Arts Center, London. She brings a broad understanding of art history, seasoned practical experience, a continuing creative excitement and a questioning mind both to her creative process and to her work as a teacher. Furchgott has been the recipient of Individual Artist Awards and Fellowships from the Washington State Arts Commission, the King County Arts Commission and Artist Trust.
Along with her studio work she has also pursued a successful career in public art, completing large-scale commissions for the Seattle Center House, the Kent Regional Justice Center, the United States Post Office, the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, the Fairbanks School District, Olympia High School and the Washington State Arts Commission among others. A community activist, Furchgott has used her talents as an artist to design and coordinate several key community projects including the Art to the People Project, a multidisciplinary arts celebration of Seattle’s African Americans, the Southeast Asian Poster Project and the Garfield High School Mentoring Program.
She is represented in key Northwest collections and her work can be viewed at the Microsoft Corporation, the WA Sate Arts Commission, the Seattle Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center, the UW Medical Center, Continental Bank, McDonald’s Corporation, Providence Hospital, Group Health, Federal Home Loan Bank, and the United States Postal Service.
Willow Heath is a visual artist, watercolor illustrator, art educator, and storyteller. Willow spent her early childhood off-the-grid in the remote Alaskan wilderness, an experience that is reflected in Willow’s art and unique teaching methods. Willow has been exhibiting her paintings in galleries for 20 years and instructing art courses to adults and youth since 2000. Willow’s visual art is composed of watercolor vignette inspirations, each displaying Willow’s eye for detail, realism, and experimentation of the medium. “As a visual artist I create paintings from my personal inspirations, as a teacher I guide my students through the building blocks to create and draw upon their own inspirations. I feel it is integral to enjoy the process of art as much as the outcome. With this in mind I design curriculum that reflect both the inspirational and academic qualities within the creative process.”