Instructors

Charles Miano, Founder

mianoportrait3Artist Charles Miano considers nature to be his ongoing principle educator, though he has studied realist art privately and academically in the United States and abroad. Miano continues his studies and experiments at his studio Southern Atelier with masters from around the globe.

He teaches what he considers to be a “way of artistic truth”. He feels this path to be revealed by fundamental insights and principles of nature which are intrinsic in the visual disciplines of drawing and painting and demonstrated throughout art history. He also feels these foundations bear a direct influence on humankind as individuals, affecting ones well being, way of life and creative potentiality.

Steven Assael

Assael_webSteven Assael was born in New York, New York in 1957. He attended Pratt Institute and presently teaches at The School of Visual Arts in New York. Mr. Assael balances naturalism with a romanticism that permeates the figures and surroundings of his paintings and drawings. The focus of his work is the human figure, either individually or in a group, rendered in glowing relief by gentle beams of warm and cool light. Steven Assael’s classical talents are as rare as they are essential to the diverse art world of the late Twentieth Century.

Assael has had several solo shows nationally in recent months, including the Columbus Museum of Art, Cress Gallery of Art at the University of Tennessee, Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, and Forum Gallery in Los Angeles. In 1999, a retrospective one-person exhibition was held at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington. Steven Assael’s work has also been exhibited at The Arkansas Arts Center, (AR), The New York Academy of Art, (NY), The Arnot Art Museum in (NY) and is represented in the public collections of The Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga, (TN), The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (MO), and most recently, The Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, OH).
www.stevenassael.com

Clayton Beck III

After graduation from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Clayton studied at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts with Richard Schmid.  Clayton’s career began while still at the American Academy, exhibiting at Jody Kirberger’s Talisman Gallery and winning awards from the Midwest Pastel Society, the Palette and Chisel and the Pastel Society of America.  He began teaching Saturday classes in Chicago after graduation from art school.

Artist Statement: “My love for painting has always been enhanced by my love to teach.  Any artist who thinks they understand painting should try teaching.  They will soon realize how little they know.  I have always felt that I have a responsibility to teach because I have been given a generous gift from my teachers (i.e. Bill Parks, Ted Smuskiewicz, and Richard Schmid) and it should be passed on to the next generation of painters who share this love of art.
www.claytonbeck.com

Judith Carducci

Listed in “Who’s Who in American Art,” Judith Carducci received international recognition as one of today’s best portrait painters. Her work has been shown in such venues as The National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Cahoon Museum of American Art, and the Butler Institute of American Art. She has been featured in International Artist, Pastel Artist International, American Artist, The Pastel Journal, The Artist’s Magazine, and the books, Best of Portrait Painting and Best of Pastel (North Light Books), “100 Ways to Paint People” (International Artist), and Portrait Highlights (American Artist). She is one of two Americans featured in the book Paint! Portrait and Figure by the Swiss publisher RotoVision, and her painting, “Xanadu,” was selected as one of the “best of the best” by the former curator of the Smithsonian Institute’s Renwick Gallery for the art book Beautiful Things (Guild). Her work is in collections in the United States, Canada, Israel, and Europe.
www.judithcarducci.com

Romel De La Torre

Romel de la Torre (27)Born in Cebu City, Philippines in a community of artists, Romel de la Torre’s artistic interest started at a very young age. With the encouragement of his parents he began sketching the world around him. He started getting awards and recognition from school competitions and at age 10 appeared on TV after receiving a medal for his painting.

In the late 70’s Romel and his family migrated to the United States where he began going to museums studying and learning on his own; works of famous artists like Sargent, Sorolla, Fechin, Mucha, and the American Impressionists. The exposure to these masters’ paintings laid a strong foundation to his belief of what great art is.

He attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he was awarded the President’s Foundation Award and the Union League Scholarship Award. After graduating with a fine arts concentration, Romel continued to paint in the Chicago area and joined The Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, where he began painting with nationally renowned artist Richard Schmid and a community of other painters. It was a turning point of his creative and artistic career.

The artist has been painting full time and currently instructs advanced painting and portraiture at The Palette and Chisel Academy on Fine Arts, Chicago. He is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America & the Portrait Society of America; his oils, pastels, watercolors, and portraits are housed in private collections throughout the United States and several foreign countries. His paintings have been published in The Artists Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, U.S. Art Magazine and the American Art Collectors Magazine.

Romel has received numerous awards and honors for his works, among them is the 2008 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition/Grand Prize and the Artists Magazine Portrait Artist of the Year.
www.romeldelatorre.com

John Ebersberger

Expressing the full spectrum of nature’s beauty, John’s paintings reflect the twin strains of Impressionism and Classical Realism.  After earning a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1977, he began studying under Cedric Egeli, the nationally known portrait painter.  It was Egeli who introduced John to Henry Hensche, the master impressionist who had served as Charles Hawthorne’s teaching assistant in the 1920s in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Struck by the intensity of light Hensche was able to achieve in his canvases John studied every summer with him until his death in 1992.

John’s work and articles have appeared in The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, American Art Collector, and Workshop Magazine and has garnered many national and regional awards.
www.johnebersberger.com

Susan J. Foster

FosterStillLifeSue Foster was born in Warren, Ohio in 1953. She spent her early years traveling the U.S. with her family before marrying an airline pilot who took her around the rest of the world. They settled in Toronto Ontario where she began studying at the University of Toronto and The Ontario College of Art. They moved to Florida in 1993 where Susan began painting full time. Since then her studies have continued with many painters including Clayton J. Beck III and Romel de la Torre. She is currently teaching at Ringling School of Art and Design (CCSP), at The River Sudio School she established in 2001 and at The Southern Atelier.

Lois Griffel

Path Through the Forest webLois Griffel studied classical painting at the New York Art Students League with great artist who included Ray Kinstler, Burton Silverman and Harvey Dinnerstein. After moving to Provincetown, MA in 1975, she became close friends with Henry Hensche. Hensche was the greatest influence on Griffel’s paintings which now combines a classical background with the color of the impressionists. After stepping in as the new Director of the Cape Code School of Art she expanded the color principles of her predecessors and since then has authored two books published by Watson-Guptill, entitled, Painting the Impressionist Landscape and Painting Impressionist Color.
www.loisgriffel.com

David Kassan

Following his initial drawing studies at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, David attended Syracuse University in New York, where he studied under the auspices of Jerome Witkin, Robert Dacey, and Sarah McCoubrey learning a complete painter should have a strong grasp of the picture making process and a well thought out concept behind a painting. While earning his B.F.A, he was able to take advantage of the school’s exceptional Art History Department, and on completion of his degree, moved to Brooklyn to continue his studies at The National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York, where he had the good fortune to study with a number of artists whom he respects, including: Aaron Shikler, Mary Beth Mackenzie, David Levine, William Behnkin, Harvey Dinnerstein, Burton Silverman, Steven Assael, and Costa Vavagiakis.

David has numerous honors and awards from Arts organizations and magazines include and has lectured at Universities and schools around the nation. David’s work has been placed in important collections domestically and worldwide. David Jon Kassan is currently represented by Gallery Henoch, New York.
www.davidkassan.com

Robert Liberace

LiberaceRobert Liberace is a contemporary classicist, equally accomplished in drawing, painting, and sculpture. His work is inspired by the centuries of knowledge, skill, and elegance of the old masters. In the February 2006 issue of The Artist’s Magazine, Rob received the honor of being selected as one of the top twenty realist artists under the age of forty. Rob is known for his inspiring and informative teaching style. He teaches at The Art League of Virginia and holds workshops throughout the United States and abroad. American Artist’s Workshop Magazine featured one of Rob’s Ireland workshops in their Spring 2006 issue. Rob as also been written up in the Summer 2009 issue of the same magazine. Robert received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from George Washington University. He is represented by the Arcadia Gallery in New York City, the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, and the M Gallery in Sarasota.
www.robertliberace.com