Kelly McGrath


As an art educator, she has been invited to present and teach at the International Encaustic Conference, the Loomis Chaffee School, and Women's Studio Workshop. An emerging artist, her work was featured in the 2009 Kingston Sculpture Biennial, and she has completed several mural commissions. Kelly enjoys working with other artists to creatively problem solve, presenting group workshops and private instruction geared toward combining Encaustic and Pigment Sticks with sculptural methods. She earned her BFA in Sculpture from SUNY New Paltz in 2007, and has been with R&F since 2009.   


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Laura Moriarty


Laura Moriarty creates sculptural paintings, prints and installations that resonate with the geologic. A lifelong resident of the Hudson River Valley, Laura currently lives in Rosendale NY and teaches at R&F Handmade Paints. Before taking up encaustic, Laura received training in hand papermaking and printmaking from Women's Studio Workshop. Laura's work is exhibited extensively throughout the US and abroad, and is included in many public and private collections. Among her honors are two Pollock-Krasner Grants, as well as many artist residencies and fellowships. 

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Wayne Montecalvo

R&F Instructor in Kingston NY

Wayne Montecalvo is a multi-disciplinary artist whose wide-ranging works include mixed media prints, paintings, sculpture, video and collaborative street performance. Wayne received a BFA in Sculpture from the School of Visual Arts.  His work has been widely exhibited and he has been Artist-in-Residence at the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, the Vermont Studio Center, Women’s Studio Workshop and the John Michael Kohler Arts in Industry Program.  

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Lisa Pressman

R&F Instructor in Kingston NY

and other locations through the R&F Core program

Lisa Pressman, American abstract painter, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1958. She earned her BA in Art from Douglass College, Rutgers University and her MFA from Bard College. Her work focuses on a visual synthesis of stored and personal memory. Lisa’s paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the USA and internationally.

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Leslie Giuliani

R&F Instructor in Kingston NY

and other locations through the R&F Core program

Leslie Giuliani has a rather eclectic artistic background. Having graduated with a B.F.A. in drawing, oil painting and photography, she continued her studies in a variety of media including fresco, egg tempera, digital embroidery and encaustic. She has worked with textile handcrafts since childhood.

Ms. Giuliani has been an arts instructor for over 25 years, specializing in encaustic and the materials of making artwork. She has taught privately, at arts centers, colleges and museums. Her work is in the collections of the State of Connecticut and The Hall-Brooke Institute for Behavioral Studies. Her paintings have been featured in two international encaustic biennial exhibitions and she has exhibited widely. In 2008, she was the recipient of an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

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Pamela Wallace

R&F Instructor in Kingston NY

Pamela is a painter/printmaker residing in the Hudson River Valley following three decades in Virginia. Originally from Minneapolis, she worked as a board certified physician until closing her practice to pursue a BA in painting, followed by two additional years of study in printmaking. Since 2005, her mixed media work has utilized encaustic wax, oil pigment sticks, and collagraph printing techniques to create art that reflects her background in science and her engagement with nature. Pamela's work is in private and corporate collections across the United States and has been in solo and group shows nationwide, including the Gallery at R&F, Mid-Atlantic New Painting, and Lanoue Fine Art in Boston. She has received a fellowship to the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and has twice presented at the International Encaustic Conference. Pamela has taught encaustic workshops in Virginia, the Truro Center for the Arts on Cape Cod, and has written for ProWax Journal, a quarterly magazine for professional artists working in wax and encaustic.



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Kate Collyer

R&F Instructor in Kingston NY

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As an educator, Kate has taught predominantly at the higher education level, but also in area public schools, working with students in kindergarten through 12th grade. As a printmaker and visual artist, she has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably in, the SMTG Krakow Printmaking Triennial Main Exhibition in Poland. She is the 2014 recipient of the Southern Graphics Council International Graduate Fellowship Award and a 2016 artist in residence for the Arctic Circle Residency. Her goal is to create prints within a variety of mediums and techniques to expand the definition of what a print can be.


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Sarah Rehmer

R&F Regional Instructor in La Grange, IL and Fishcreek, WI 

Sarah Rehmer was born and still resides in the western suburbs of Chicago. Rehmer received at B.A. in Graphic Design and Photography from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She began working with the deconstructed book as metaphor for memory while auditing a course at Dominican post graduation. Sarah's work has been shown around the US and is in Institutional and Corporate collections in Illinois and New York. She is a recent Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grant recipient and has been a visiting artist at numerous high schools and colleges around the Chicago area.

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Caryl St. Ama


and other locations through the R&F Core program

Caryl St. Ama has always seen the world through painter's eyes.  No surface was ever safe around her; sooner rather than later it would get painted or collaged.  Having worked with oil, water media; transparent and opaque, acrylic, mixed media and even some printmaking and installation; she was finally turned on to encaustic and hasn't looked back.  She was raised on the Gulf Coast in Kemah, Texas.  She concentrated on three dimensional paintings involving raw wool felting for her undergraduate show at Texas State University in San Marcos and was inspired by weather phenomena for her Master of Fine Art thesis show at Claremont Graduate University.  Today she's a tenured professor at Glendale College where she teaches Painting and Life Drawing and directs the Gallery program.  She maintains an active, professional art studio in South Pasadena, California.

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Julie Snidle

R&F Core Instructor

Once a corporate training administrator, Julie now prefers to spend time in her art studio. With a degree in Elementary Education she has taught art professionally in the classroom and continues to teach art workshops in the greater St. Louis area and around the U.S. Largely self-taught in a variety of mixed media techniques, Julie has studied encaustic intensively since 2004 and is a Core Support Instructor for R&F Handmade Paints. Julie is a member of the Encaustic Art Institute, International Encaustic Artists, and Art St. Louis. She attends the International Encaustic Conference held annually in Provincetown, MA. Her work has appeared in juried shows in St. Louis and in private galleries across the country. A native of Minneapolis, Julie resides in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, Will.

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Michelle Belto

R&F Core Instructor

Michelle Belto is a full-time studio artist and international instructor. She authored a book about her signature process, encaustic and oil on custom handmade paper forms, Wax and Paper Workshop (North Light Press, 2012) and two instructional videos demonstrating encaustic painting process. (North Light Press, 2013)  She has exhibited widely, most recently in Sydney, Australia, and her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections. She currently lives in the Texas hill country with her husband and a menagerie of furry creatures. 

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Cari Hernandez

R&F Core Instructor

Cari Hernandez was born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California. She studied fine art photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Prior to becoming a full-time studio artist, Cari operated and owned a commercial photography studio for 7 years in San Francisco, CA.

As a full-time artist Cari teaches, lectures, and shows her work in the US and abroad. She is also a founding board member of International Encaustic Artists (IEA), and served as the creator and director of the first three annual retreat & conferences in Carmel Valley, CA. Her teaching methods are featured in two instructional DVDs as well as several publications.

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Lorraine Glessner

Lorraine Glessner’s love of surface, pattern, markmaking, image and landscape has led her to combine disparate materials and processes such as silk, wood, branding, rust, paper and more in her work. Lorraine is an Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art, Temple Univeristy, a workshop instructor and an award-winning artist. She holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, a BS from Philadelphia University, and an AAS in Computer Graphics from Moore College of Art & Design. She has a diverse art background with skills that include painting, sculpture, graphic design, interior design, textile design, photography, digital imaging and much more.

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