Director of Education/Personnel, College Director, & President
Painting, Portrait, Figure Drawing and Teacher's Training Instructor
Laura Fishkin has over 15 years of experience as an art instructor. She began teaching alongside her Mother at age 15 both classes and camps from home, and in a variety of locations. Disillusioned with the post modernist artistic influence on art schools in the USA today, Laura continued her art education on her own.
Evie and Laura officially began Masters School of Art (MSOA) in 2003. MSOA was born out of a desire to see an art school with an emphasis on technique in the USA.
Laura is a well rounded artist with skill in a variety of media including but not limited to: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Mural Painting, Pen and Ink, Color Pencil, Photoshop, and Drawing. She is skilled in a range of subjects including people, animals, landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. She is adept to all skill levels, and is dedicated to quality results, and student growth. Evie and Laura Fishkin have both drawn from others techniques and developed their own techniques and curricula in the classroom which laid the foundation for MSOA today.
**Click on Laura's picture to see her personal art gallery.**
Executive/Regional Director and Vice President
Painting, Drawing 301, Composition, and Color Theory Instructor
Evie Fishkin, who has a B.A. in Fine Arts assisted her daughter in beginning an art school that favored not only representational art, but all the arts. She is visionary and driven to see the school develop. Evie is very creative, and has an unusual ability to motivate students.
Director of Administration
Color Pencil and Animal Drawing Instructor
Lisa has been working with MSOA since Fall 2004 but has had a passion for the arts from a very young age. She started drawing from a book of animals as a child and hasn't stopped working on art since. Another one of her passions is writing, and has had a poem published in the National Library of Poetry. She is currently working on a variety of writing projects including, but not limited to, her first novel and her first children's book. Cartooning is also a passion and she now has her own cartoon strip called Lucy-Goosey, which is published on her personal website. She loves a variety of art mediums, but Color Pencil and Animal Drawing are two of her favorites. You can see samples of her artwork in the art gallery.
"I feel truly blessed to be a part of Masters School of Art and I look forward to learning more how I can use my art for Christ. " -Lisa
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalms 3:3 But You, Oh Lord, are a shield about me; My Glory; and the One who lifts my head.
Fine Arts Instructor
Jenica has had a lifelong passion for art, teaching, family and faith. She wrote in her diary at the age of 10 that she wanted to become a famous artist when she grew up. Along her journey, the youthful aspirations of fame and fortune have dimmed as a deeper and brighter flame of using her talents to help, encourage, and inspire others has taken its place.
She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Illustration from John Brown University and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Western Oregon University and is a Certified Teacher in the State of Oregon. Before coming to MSOA she taught for 9 years as an Artist in Residence with Salem Art Association, was the director of a fine art gallery and a year-round community arts education program, taught private lessons and worked as freelance artist and photographer. She is a classically trained, versatile artist and is skilled at teaching a wide range of media including oil, acrylics, gouache, pen & ink, graphite, pastel, colored pencil, mixed media, photography, ceramics, and more.
“When I saw firsthand the high caliber of MSOA’s instruction, the dedication of its students and the reflection of both in the phenomenal artistic work being produced, I knew I wanted to be a part of such an incredible program. I am beyond thrilled to be on the teaching staff of MSOA and I am looking forward to working with all of the staff and students here.” –Jenica
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 NLT
|Cartooning and Lettering & Typography Instructor|
Rachel Clark is a teacher and artist, and is delighted when she can combine the two. Her early years were spent acquiring skills from her mother and father, a teacher/portrait artist and a professional cartoonist. After going to college for graphic design, she worked for the Keizer Times news, the Salem school district, as a church communications director, and as a freelance artist. She has been active in the Graphic Artists’ Guild, the Salem Art Association, and numerous online artist networks.
Rachel has a strong desire to see the arts used to encourage people.
Philippians 4:8 Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Anime and Color Pencil Instructor
Melissa has always been drawn to the arts ever since she was young; particularly Film and Anime. She spent two and half years at the Art Institute of Portland building her experience in Digital Film and Video while also pursuing anime on the side. In 2013 she transferred to Masters School of Art after deciding to chase her biggest dreams; to become an art teacher, to create her own christian based anime/manga series, and to illustrate storyboards for films.
Melissa gains inspiration from hearing the stories of others and enjoys lending a helping hand wherever she can. In her spare time she loves playing guitar, taking her rat terrier Molly on walks, and puppeteering.
"I cried to the Lord in anguish, and He answered by setting me free." ~Psalm 118:5
MSOA Certified - Fall 2010
Oil Painting, Pastels, Watercolor and Pen & Ink Instructor
Anna is an MSOA Certified Instructor, with a Masters in drawing and painting. Her passion lies in working in all the classical art forms. She desires to share with others the love of drawing and painting in the style of the old masters.
Photography, Drawing 201, and Art History Instructor
Cheri discovered photography when her five year old son and husband (who coached him) disappeared out of her daily life to play sports. After complaining to God, He put a camera in her hand and told her to go join them. Cheri discovered the joy of capturing players in mid-air. Soon, the angst of losing or the exuberant expressions of winning a hard fought battle on the players and spectators faces turned her lens toward them. Since 1992, Cheri has photographed almost half the world and is passionate about teaching others how to photograph the rest of it.
Cheri discovered art when she felt God elbow her to sign up for a volunteer Art Literacy Program at her children’s grade school. While preparing for a watercolor pumpkin lesson, she broke out of the box with a Picasso-like pumpkin and a cartoon character emerged. Winkle, a darling whale, captured the fancy of her teacher, who called the Oregonian. Winkle is published and her story is a work in progress. Cheri pursues the art of drawing and painting with watercolor.
At the age of 48, Cheri discovered kayaking. With the help of God and a very patient teacher, she got over her fear of water and learned how to paddle roll in a hard shell with a spray skirt. She kayaks up to class III whitewater and is certified through the American Canoe Association to teach and guide on flat water and swift water at eNRG Kayaking.
Mark 10:27 “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
MSOA Certified - Spring 2014
Drawing, Animal Drawing and Portrait Instructor; Salem Satellite School Director
It’s never too late to enter the world of art, something Cindy can testify to, not having discovered it until Evie convinced her to take a few classes when enrolling her son at MSOA just as it was getting started in 2003. She completed her MSOA Certification of Instruction in 2014 and is feeling grateful to have progressed under the instruction of MSOA’s fabulous teachers to the point of now getting to participate in teaching the students that continue to come through MSOA's doors. She and her husband, Gary, served on MSOA’s board of directors in the early years helping them achieve their non-profit status. She is very appreciative of this door God’s opened into His creative arts and plans to continue to be a learner along with teaching.Cindy was a piano major in college and loves playing and accompanying choral groups. She also enjoys cooking, hiking with Gary, and now that her family has extended to grandchildren she has fun bringing art into their lives as well.
Film and World View & Art Instructor
Impacting lives, culture, and the world is Jacob's passion. One of his highest goals is to bring the art world back to a God-fearing worldview, particularly in the film industry.
Jacob graduated in 2013 with a BA in both Communications and History. He has filmed several events, TV shows, and performances since 2006, some of which air globally. In addition to working with MSOA, Jacob umpires youth baseball and has been working in the radio industry for the past year.2 Timothy 2:1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Dance and Speech Instructor
Cindy has a degree in education from the University of Portland with endorsements in Special Ed. and Social Studies. She has taught dance, junior high, preschool special needs and martial arts for a combined total of 18 years. She is a second degree black belt in Tae kwon Do and a certified instructor. She is also an ACSM certified personal trainer, COBRA certified self defense instructor and UBC certified instructor of fitness/kickboxing.
With a grandmother as an artist and a father who majored in music, Cindy grew up with fine arts all around, reading music before words and participating in band, orchestra, dance and choirs throughout school. She has been part of Portland’s Singing Christmas Tree since 1999 where she enjoys singing in the choir, costume design and set and prop design and choreography for a smaller ensemble comedy group within the “tree family”. Cindy also enjoys lots of creative projects at church, raising six children and coaching Special Olympics track and field.
“Achieving goals of my own are fun for a day, but encouraging and teaching students who go on to achieve goals they didn’t even think possible is eternally rewarding! “
Longview WA Satellite School Director
Barbara has taught, traveled and ministered for over 30 years. She's been to a dozen nations ministering through drama, speaking, prayer and outreach. Before founding the Mime Troupe "Silent Truth" she met her husband of 32 years,(Ken), while she was directing the musical "The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe". He came in to orchestrate the music and the adventures began! Since that time she has written, directed and participated in many outreach productions and has a passion for theater and the arts.
She went on to home-school her four children (Rachel, Heather, Daniel and Jubilee) who are published poets, award winning filmmakers, musicians and artists.
She is excited to teach theater and drama for MSOA.
Acrylic Painting Instructor
Sondra has been drawing from a very early age. When out to eat at restaurants she wouldn't color on the part of the kid's menu with cartoon characters for coloring. She flipped the menu over to the blank side and asked her mother for a pen so she could draw her own subjects to color, claiming it felt like cheating otherwise. Obsessed with animals—especially horses— she spent her free-time studying and drawing napping house pets.
She works with many medias, particularly large-scale narrative charcoal drawings, oil paintings, and hand-drawn animation. Her work is characterized by her use of bold lines-- stylistically similar to Mexican muralist art, a full range of color harmonies, and dreamlike imagery.
She received her BFA in drawing and painting at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR. Sondra says teaching art is one of the best ways to sharpen her own skills as an artist. At the end of the day she believes we should make our lives fit our purpose, not our purpose fit our lives.
Marketing Your Art Instructor
Tammy has a B.A. in English and has worked on marketing in a variety of arenas including art fairs and bazaars, website design, online advertising and social networking. She’s also an ebay power-seller.