I am a 74-year-old woman, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, crafter, teacher, lesbian, volunteer, breast cancer survivor…I have been widowed twice, I live alone, by choice, sort of…a lot of the time my home-life is dictated by my 3# Yorkshire terrier.
I have been teaching the Donna Dewberry Method of One Stroke Painting since 2002. I was certified as an Instructor in this technique in 2001 and certified as a Level II Instructor in 2007. I have recently branched out and started teaching other stroke work methods also in my classes to challenge my long-time students to keep learning new things. I teach for the love of art and the passing along the love of it!
One Stroke simply means that you blend, shade and highlight with one stroke of the brush. Although I paint other methods of Decorative Painting (Tole Painting), One Stroke is my go-to favorite when I want to get quick results or need to hand paint a greeting card or gift in a relatively short time.
I love this particular type of Decorative Painting because it is a way for beginners to be amazed at what they can do with a couple colors of paint and a paintbrush in just a few minutes after sitting down for the first time.
I teach every week at the Hayward Senior Center and have been teaching there since I moved back to the bay area in 2010. Before that I was teaching at the Paso Robles Senior Center and also for Paso Robles Recreation and Library Department, and the YMCA middle school after school program. I have also taught at various Assisted Living & Senior Communities and provide private painting lessons for individuals and groups.
I have been on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Decorative Artists Chapter of The Society of Decorative Painters since 2010. I am currently in my second term as their President. I have also served on the Board of Directors of Lavender Seniors of the East Bay since 2011 and am the editor of their monthly newsletter. I facilitate a Pacific Center sponsored LGBTQ peer group twice a month at the Hayward Senior Center. I assistant teach the weekly Mosaics Class at the Hayward Senior Center. I am also the treasurer of the San Mateo County African Violet Society (another love of mine.)
Marlys (Marley) Wright Smith
I have always liked to draw but never had the chance to pursue it. We only had art until the 8th grade, nothing in High School. Married right out of High School and raising 5 son’s didn’t give me a great deal of time to draw. I actually wanted to be a dress designer when I graduated from High School.
In my late 30’s I discovered decorative painting. This is a method painting which was easily taught through learning strokes and techniques; using other people’s patterns. Since I had lost several years to train in drawing, this appealed to me. I began using other artist’s patterns and eventually evolved into designing my own patterns as many decorative artists do. I have learned from many very talented, nationally known Master decorative artists, as well as Master Norwegian Rosemalers from Norway and the United States, through the years.
I owned and operated a Painting Shop for 8 years during the 70’s and 80’s, where I taught along with 7 other teachers and we sold supplies. I taught decorative painting for the San Lorenzo Adult School for 14 years. I began painting and teaching Rosemaling pretty much exclusively in the mid 1980’s. Rosemaling is the Norwegian folk painting which dates back to the 1700’s. It consists of stylized flowers and Scroll work. Norwegian being my heritage made it special. I also have studied and pursued the folk arts of Germany, Sweden, Holland and Russia.
My ornaments have hung in the Smithsonian Museum, the White House and Blair House, in Washington DC, the Sacramento State Capitol and John Olague Rotunda at the Hayward City Hall.
I have participated in Norway Day Festival in San Francisco for over 20 years as well as a variety of Festivals and Fairs throughout the Bay Area.
My teaching of Folk Art and Rosemaling has taken me to many places in California.
Laura Schofield, Sacramento/East Bay Artist and Art Educator
For the last 30 years, Laura has been an active artist and art educator in the Sacramento and East Bay area. Along with private and group tutoring, she currently offers art workshops and demos for children, teens, adults and seniors. Laura has illustrated 3 books and has participated in several art shows. She has a history of volunteering her art services for many years at the Contra Costa Animal Services Department and other non-profit organizations.
“I enjoy a more empathetic approach to teaching. I like to create an environment that address the emotional limitations that may hinder creativity. For instance, if a student has fear of participating in a project, I simply have them draw a line on their paper. There. They have now committed to the art piece!
It’s about placing your emotions from your heart into your artwork, rather than over think it in your brain. Occasionally, I’ll have a student cry in class because art allows us to express and release. I believe if the viewer of my own art has an emotional reaction, whatever that emotion is, then I have done my job successfully as an artist.”
Linda Nygard is a visual and performance artist that loves to experiment. Her current projects include portrait photography, poetry, and her latest passion; Acrylic Pour: Acrylic paints are thinned, poured on to canvas, then manipulated; creating beautiful one of a kind abstract paintings.