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Meet the instructors

     Barbara H.

Barbara grew up in the Island Nation of New Zealand, amidst Alps, Lakes and surrounded by oceans.  Art was her passion growing up, with many drawings and paintings kept within various sketch books.  It has remained a major part of her life throughout careers as a Graphic Artist & Illustrator, Architectural & Interior Designer, and for the last ten years as Art Teacher as well. She currently teaches in the Sarasota & Bradenton areas, and is active with several local Artist Groups.


Over several decades she has accomplished many varied commissions for private and commercial installations, from large realistic and contemporary murals 40ft. wide, domes 20ft across and even smaller paintings. Her work is well dispersed across the nation as well as internationally, and her art has been represented in Galleries in various States. She has lived in 8 different States and several countries, and now makes Florida her home.




Barbara is proficient in Acrylics, Oils, Watercolours and Ceramics, and enjoys creating representational art to abstract genres, from landscapes to figurative.


      “Motivation to become an artist, is knowledge that I can create whatever I truly believe.  I am diverse in learning and experiences, inspired by the Great Masters and contemporaries alike.  Painting is meditative in nature, and brings peace to my soul.   Art is Freedom to create images and objects from visualisation or reality, with no stringent boundaries.”  -  Barbara H. Hart

     Ali L.

Ali Lambert is a mixed media collage artist in Sarasota.  She studied at Ringling College of Art and Design before settling down and raising a family.  She has always had a passion for art and taught herself watercolor painting to feed her creative need.  Ali started teaching classes 5 years ago. 


Jahkori H.

My name is Jahkori and I am currently a senior at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Upon graduating from the High School of Art and Design in New York City I came to Ringling to enhance my art skills and help me create children’s book illustrations as my future career. My art major is illustration, and the medium I work best in is digital. I enjoy using digital art software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Let’s just say it’s easier to correct digital mistakes rather than those on paper.
Although I work best digitally, I am also skilled in using traditional media such as watercolor, oils, and colored pencils. By creating art with various materials I see what they each have to offer. The art I create has an underlying meaning, a purpose of changing the way people perceive things. I create paintings and character drawings during my leisure time. My art has grown tremendously and my skills keep improving over the years as I continue to pursue my artistic goal. Most of my illustrations focus on the theme of nature and the botanical beauty within. Examples of this include garden scenes, landscapes, and other earthly beauties that occur in nature.
I am greatly influenced by fantasy artists. My number one role model is Walt Disney and his aspects of using magic and love to bring a happy ending to a story. As such, my art is intended to be magical and whimsical while it instills happiness. The environment is a number one factor in my art. I chose to create illustrations that raise awareness of environmental issues and promote change. I am currently in the process of writing and illustrating my own book called Rosalinda the Garden Fairy. A book where I am exploring the theme of nature and how human interaction with nature can have a positive effect rather than a negative effect. I do not like how humans are perceived to have a negative effect on the environment, so in my story Rosalinda I aim to show human-environment interaction in a positive light and discourage the negative connotations of humans and nature.


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Exhibition at BaoAce Learning Center

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Classroom Pictures

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