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Instructor Bios

Instructor Bios

Adriana Ameigh

Adriana Ameigh is a Puerto Rican abstract artist based in Raleigh, NC. She enjoys creating artwork that is inspired by nature, full of texture, vibrant colors and expressive movement.

David Anyanwu

David is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. He specializes in anime, a Japanese cartoon illustration style. David has created a brand, Boomslank, for sharing his art on unique products. You check out his work at www.boomslank.com!

Jeny Brill

Jeny Brill grew up amongst the beauty and nature of Cape Cod. While still in high school she attended a class on animation, through Boston University, in Eastern Europe.  She then attended Skidmore College as a painting major.  Her mentors, while in college were David Miller, Scott Brody and renowned art historian the late Harry Gaugh.  While in Boston, Jeny worked at the School of the Museum of Art, and began showing her work, including an invitation to the Boston Arts Festival.  After 10 years of Art Administration, Jeny returned to school and received a MEd in Montessori education and moved to Raleigh, NC.  During her 25 year career as a Montessori teacher Jeny advocated for art to be used throughout all academic subjects as a means for children to show their knowledge visually.  Jeny’s work has been shown in Boston, California, Cape Cod and New Jersey as well as her home state of North Carolina.

Jeny has retired from teaching so she can turn her full attention to her art. She returns to the Cape every year to visit family. Jeny resides in Raleigh and Southport, NC with her husband, five children and two dogs.

Nicole Drake

Nicole Drake is a working artist in Raleigh NC. They specialize in pet portrait paintings + drawings and abstract paintings for home decor. When they are not painting, they are spending time with their 5 pets and tending to their plants. You can find their work on Instagram @petpaintsbynicole and on their website, petpaintingsbynicole.squarespace.com.

Lucy Kagan

Lucy Kagan is an illustrator and textile designer who makes comics, zines, and illustrated goods at her home studio using watercolors. She is influenced by themes of magic in nature and playfulness.

Tara Kernan

Tara Kernan holds a B.S. in Art Education from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She has taught Visual Arts for grades K-12 in New Jersey and North Carolina schools for many years and is currently the visual art teacher at Hunter GT/AIG Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh. Mrs. Kernan uses the links between visual art, cultural anthropology, and art history to help her students make real-world connections through art and interdisciplinary study.

Jina Kim

I’m a South Korean-American artist who mainly works with acrylic paints. I majored in Ceramic Arts at university. I make art to remind the world to follow their heart and embrace warmth and brightness.

I have years of experience in teaching art. I’ve taught children, adults, and seniors everything from pottery to painting. I apply my art mission in each class I teach – to encourage my students to follow their heart.

Taylor McGee

Taylor McGee is an artist and art educator who loves sharing her passion for art through her work. She earned a BA of Arts Education from Meredith College where she discovered her love for fiber arts and weaving. She is part of the Education Team at Artspace in downtown Raleigh, where she creates and helps bring educational art activities and programs to the community. In addition to teaching workshops and classes in the Triangle, she is also developing her own artistic practice at Meredith College as one of their Artists in Residence this Fall!

Kwaku Osei

I am a 33-year-old Ghanaian-American who is a mixed media visual artist living in North Carolina. I primarily make work about how colonialism as a political, economic, and cultural phenomenon still affects black and brown communities in this so-called “post-colonial” world. My work speaks through material metaphors and satire that engage polemically with topics like physiognomy, gender, and class. Exploiting tropes of beauty in portraiture generate dialogue around socio-economic power structures and racial capitalism.  I am the recipient of a Robert and Richard Hect Award, a Segal Education Award, and a Durham Art Guild Mentorship Program Award. My work has been exhibited at the Onyx Fine Arts Gallery in Seattle, The Other Art Fair in New York, and at the Nasher Museum at Duke University. I have also received honorariums from Widener University and Duke University and I currently teach an International Baccalaureate program and middle school visual language class at the Montessori School of Raleigh.

Natalia Lopes

Natalia Lopes is a freelance illustrator and indie comics artist with an affinity for the eerie and nightmarish. Her retro line work and alluringly horrifying subjects pays a loving nod to horror, anime, and science fiction. She successfully crowdfunded her first Kickstarter for the first volume of an independent horror anthology in October of 2019 and has since produced several comics and zines. When she is not working on freelance projects, she is teaching classes to teens and adults in non-profit art centers around North Carolina. You can find her illustration and comics at mystopress.com.