Meet our Instructors ~ Fall / Winter 2017
An award-winning resident artist at d’Art, Ray Hershberger has participated in many local outdoor art shows, taught art classes for over twenty years, and works in a wide variety of media including oils, acrylics, and watercolor. Ray studied at Clemson University and earned his B.F.A. from Old Dominion University.
Even though Suzan’s formal training is in Professional Counseling and her day job includes counseling and consulting, she started her creative journey by learning clay jewelry making at a studio-gallery in St. Louis. She then taught clay jewelry at Craft Alliance there, in the Continuing Education program at William and Mary, and a class called, “Finding Your Creative Self” at the former Ghent Studio of Fine Art as well as MOCA. In 2015, along with a friend who introduced her to the process, Suzan became a SoulCollage® Trained Facilitator. She enjoys working with people who are motivated to change and she loves to teach. Suzan’s greatest joy is in creating a space for people to discover themselves at deeper levels. SoulCollage® merges many of her interests: creativity, discovery, symbolism, and deep inner work.
An illustrator specializing in children’s books, sequential art, and fantasy/ science fiction, Jessica previously taught art classes at Yokota Air Base Arts and Crafts Center in Tokyo, Japan. She earned her BA in from Seattle Pacific University. Her work was featured in Seattle Pacific University’s Response Magazine, and she completed a solo exhibition at Yokota Art Center.
An accomplished leather crafter with forty years of experience, Dennis owns a brick and mortar store and participates in trade fairs, art fairs, and Renaissance fairs. He creates belts, bags, cases, sheaths, holsters, and is prolific in leather tooling and stamping.
Jeanne earned a BFA from Syracuse University and a MFA from University of Massachusetts, and creates mixed media drawings. Her works are part of numerous collections including the Four Seasons Hotel, the Atlantic Shores Corporation, and Rutgers University. Her works have also appeared in publications like 100 Southern Artists and Mammals in Art. Jeanne is also a resident artist at the d’Art Center.
Debbi’s specialty is abstract painting and her work is a mixture of painting, drawing, embroidery, sewing, and beading. A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, Debbi is also a resident artist at the d’Art Center. In 1974, she received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design from then Norfolk State College. Her work attempts to express experiences, concerns, aspirations, and uniqueness. African and Native American heritage are evident in each piece.
Peggy was first introduced to surface pattern design while growing up in Rochester, NY where she learned to draw repeat patterns. She studied in Philadelphia, and the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina to learn the many techniques involved in creating patterns on fabric. She creates one of a kind pillows, scarves, placemats, floor cloths and wall pieces. Peggy is also a resident artist at the d’Art Center.
Former forensics investigator with the City of Norfolk, Jeff Diener received formal photography training through the Division of Forensics Science in Richmond. Diener also has an associates degree in liberal arts from Saint Leo University. He has won awards for photography, including at Stockley Gardens and the Ocean View Arts and Craft Show.