Meet our Instructors
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.
With work featured in national juried exhibitions across the U.S. and in several books, ceramic artist Anna Freeman is an experienced art educator for all age groups, including the college level. Anna earned her BFA in Art and Design from Alfred University and M.F.A. in Visual Studies through the joint program at Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University.
Contemporary abstract acrylic painter Ken Wright’s works have won over three hundred awards and are included in collections around the world, including those of two U.S. presidents. Ken earned his BFA in Graphics and Fine Art from Norfolk State University, and is one of the original resident artists at d’Art.
Navy veteran and d’Art Community Outreach Manager Angela Tilley has been involved with ceramics since 2011, completing many workshops. She has worked with Raku, porcelain, glazing, handbuilding, and sgraffito. Angela also apprenticed with a potter for three years, while stationed in Germany.
Award winning artist Ken Garcia studied with living master Robert Liberace, was awarded a scholarship to the Florence Academy of Art NY in 2015, and continues his research as a master copyist at The Chrysler Museum of Art. Ken earned his B.F.A. in Medical Illustration, with a minor in Biology, from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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.
Miguel graduated from Old Dominion University in 2014 with a Bachelors in Fine Art and Illustration. He taught drawing and acrylic painting at Michaels Craft Store in 2015 and was a portrait artist for the summer and did Halloween face painting for Busch Gardens.
Peggy Beardslee is a mixed media fiber artist who has studied surface design professionally at the Arrowmont and Penland Schools of Arts and Crafts, as well as Moore College and the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. She has exhibited widely and is part of a two-person exhibition at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Summer 2017.
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.
Virginia Beach native LaKaye Mbah spent several years photographing a variety of subjects in the Baltimore area. Mbah earned a master’s degree in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore, taught college classes in both Northern Virginia and in Hampton Roads, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Fine Arts from Norfolk State University.