R&F’s Core Instructors


Recognizing the need to improve on existing demo and workshop offerings and to reach a wider geographic area, R&F launched the Core Support Program in 2016. We are empowering these dedicated instructors to make strong local and regional connections while expanding their personal studio practice. They are simultaneously engaging in educational opportunities at universities and community art centers, as well as through our retail partners. 

Michelle belto

Michelle authored a book about her signature process, involving encaustic and oil on custom handmade paper forms, Wax and Paper Workshop and two instructional videos demonstrating encaustic painting process. She has exhibited widely, including the Francis Keevil Gallery in Sydney, Australia. Her most recent solo show was in 2017 at the Julia C. Butridge Gallery in the Dougherty Fine Art Center, Austin, Texas. michellebelto.com

leslie giuliani

Leslie’s work combines digital embroidery, hand embroidery, digital textile printing, sewing, and rug hooking in her encaustic and cold wax paintings. She has written for Rug Hooking and Hand/Eye magazines and is the recipient of an Artist Fellowship Grant for Craft from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Her work is included in the Housatonic Museum of Art. She recently exhibited with Roz Chast at Hearst Media Group and has an upcoming show at Western Connecticut State University. lesliegiuliani.com


Cari operated a commercial photography studio for 7 years prior to becoming a full-time studio artist. She is a founding board member of International Encaustic Artists (IEA) and her work was featured in Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax, by Lissa Rankin. Cari’s exhibitions include The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA. carihernandez.com 


Jeff has exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Art; The Holter Museum, Helen, MO; Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL; and Bienal do Douro, Portugal. Jeff is the owner of Hirst Printmaking and the recipient of both the Minnesota State Arts Board grant and the DCASE City of Chicago Individual Artist grant, as well as a fellowship residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland. jeffreyhirst.com  


Lisa’s work has been exhibited at Susan Eley Fine Arts in New York, NY; Addington Gallery in Chicago, IL; and Circa Gallery in Minneapolis. In 2020, Lisa will have a solo show at the Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka, KS. In addition to being a Core Instructor for R&F, Lisa is an instructor for Gamblin Artists Colors and an annual presenter at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. She has taught throughout the United States and internationally. lisapressman.net


Jodi Reeb specializes in a range of media from collage and sculpture to landscape and abstract paintings. Recent exhibitions include Concordia College in St Paul, MN; Kolman & Pryor Gallery in Minneapolis, MN; and On Center Gallery in Provincetown, MA. In 2018, she was awarded an Artist’s Initiative Grant from Minnesota State Arts. She has taught workshops at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art and Wet Paint in St Paul, Minnesota. jodireeb.com

Julie snidle

Formerly a corporate training administrator, Julie Snidle followed her passion for art and painting. Julie teaches workshops throughout the United States, including the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. Recent exhibitions include Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope, AL; MarinMOCA, Novato, CA; and Gretchen Brigham Gallery in St. Louis, MO. She is represented by Kolman & Pryor Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. juliesnidle.com

caryl st ama

Caryl taught studio arts for thirty years at Glendale College. She has exhibited with the Arroyo Arts Collective and the Downtown Arts Development Association, which positions artists to work in non-traditional areas such as the abandoned Lincoln Heights Jail. Recent exhibitions include Dual Gallery, Budapest, Hungary and Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario, CA. Her work was featured in Embracing Encaustic by Linda Robertson. carylstama.com


Dietlind is the recipient of three Artist Project Grants from the Maine Arts Commission, as well as a Tending Space Artist Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation. She is the former president of New England Wax and is represented by Portland Art Gallery in Portland, ME and Salon Design in Boston, MA. Recent exhibitions include Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME; Bromfield Gallery in Boston, MA; and Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA. dietlindvanderschaaf.com