Mary’s Instructors

José Rodeiro

I studied art with José  Rodeiro while attending Frostburg State University in Maryland.  José Rodeiro  is an acclaimed New York City -area artist.  He was born and raised in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida .  He obtained a Ph.D. from the College of Fine Arts, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1976; an MFA from Pratt Institute, NYC, 1973, and a BA in Art from the University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida.  

Tony Ryder 

I studied with Tony Ryder in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Andreeva Portrait Academy.  Tony Ryder was born in New York City in 1957.  He studied at the Art Student’s League of New York, the New York Academy of Art, and at the Ecole Albert Defois, in France, with oil painter Ted Seth Jacobs. He was chosen by Mr. Jacobs to be his substitute at the New York Academy in 1986. He subsequently taught at the Art Student’s League, and has since taught painting and drawing in France, and in many parts of the United States. His work is based on a synthesis of observation and traditional painting theory. He works exclusively from life. His teaching method combines class demonstrations with individual critiques.

Geoffrey Laurence 

I studied with Geoffrey Laurence in Santa Fe, New Mexico.   Geoffrey Laurence was born in Patterson, New Jersey not long after the end of World WII.  When he was 4, his parents moved to England, where he was educated and lived for the next 38 yrs. He attended three art schools in England over seven years during which time he became very interested in learning the skills of drawing and painting that he had observed in many classical paintings.

Over the next 20 years he worked freelance in various different art related fields. He worked as an illustrator for magazines such as Woman’s World and Look Now, a graphic designer for companies like BP and Pineapple, as a photographer for a London newspaper and as a designer for various fashion companies like Muscle Sport, Pamplemouse, Katherine Hamnett as well as designing T shirt ranges for Walt Disney, Burton and French Connection. In the 90’s he became an interior designer and designed restaurants in London for the Zen chain and others. His work was featured in Royal Institute of British Architects magazine, Vogue and the London Evening Standard.

During those years, he focused as much time as was available to drawing and painting the figure and exhibited whenever he was offered the opportunity to. He returned to fulltime study of classical painting techniques and in 1992 moved to New York where he received his Masters degree Cum Laude at the New York Academy of Art. In 1996 he moved to New Mexico, where he continue to work and live.

Michael Grimaldi 

I studied with Michael Grimaldi in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Michael Grimaldi  studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy, the New York Studio School, the Ecole Albert Defois and conducted independent studies in anatomy and dissection at Facultad Medicina, Argentina and Drexel University.

Mr. Grimaldi has taught figure drawing and painting at the School of Visual Arts, the National Academy, the Water Street Atelier, Studio Incamminati, Studio 126 and the Grand Central Academy of Art. Mr. Grimaldi currently teaches Drawing from Life at the Art Students League of New York and the Janus Collaborative School of Art, which he cofounded in 2008.

Exhibitions include the National Academy Museum, the de Young Museum, the Arnot Museum, the Arkansas Art Center, the Naples Museum of Art, the Forbes Magazine Collection, Arcadia Gallery, Forum Gallery, Hirschl & Adler Gallery and the John Pence Gallery.

Awards include The Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant (1993), Stacey Foundation Grant (1998, 1999), The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (1999, 2002), Forbes Foundation Residency Fellowship (2002) and an American Academy in Rome Affiliated-Fellowship (2007).

J.D. Hillberry 

I studied the art of realistic charcoal and pencil drawings from J.D. Hillberry in Denver, Colorado.   A natural ability and strong desire to draw surfaced early in J. D. Hillberry’s life. While growing up in Wyoming, he began developing his own techniques of blending charcoal and graphite to give a photo realistic look to his drawings. J. D. uses this monochromatic medium to focus the viewer’s attention to the drama of light, shadow, and texture without the added influence of color. Throughout his career, He has tried to push the limits of realistic expression with drawing. After moving to Colorado in 1989, Hillberry began experimenting with trompe l’oeil drawings. Traditionally, this type of artwork is done with oils, but he has successfully rendered images so realistically, they fool the eye into thinking that real objects are displayed in a shadow box frame. Working out of his studio in Westminster, Colorado, J. D. Hillberry continues to expand the public’s perception of drawing.

Virgil Elliott 

I travelled to Penngrove, California to study with Virgil Elliott.  Virgil was fortunate enough to have a mother who was both a schooleacher and an amateur artist.  She began his art lessons at the age of two.  As a result, Virgil became obsessed with art.  During his service as a soldier in the U.S. Army, Virgil had the opportunity to visit some of the most famous museums in Europe and studied the works of the Old Masters.  Virgil has spent his life trying to accomplish the same level of skills as the Old Masters.  In that process, he has become skilled in the techniques used by the Old Masters.  Virgil has been classified as a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center.

Stephen Perkins

Stephen Perkins is a classically trained sculptor, painter, and teacher based in Florida.  At a time when the art world was fascinated with abstract art, Stephen sought out teachers who understood and used the classical techniques of sculpting and painting.  I took my first sculpting class with Stephen at BACCA in California and learned a great deal about the basics of sculpting in the classical tradition.



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