Director of Education/Personnel, College Director, & President
Painting, Portrait, Figure Drawing and Teacher's Training Instructor
Laura has always loved to teach and see people blossom. She has been an active teacher since 1999. She always knew she wanted to be an artist and writer. It was not until her first drawing class with her Mom at age 13, that her ability began to mature. Laura has been primarily self-taught, though she is looking forward to learning more from the college instructors coming on board when she gets the chance. She always planned to go to art school, and was dismayed to find in her search that the post-modernist philosophy of "draw what you feel" and "there's no wrong way to do art (therefore I will not teach you any technique)" was everywhere. After an unsuccessful search for an art school that taught the techniques of the masters, Laura began classes in writing and general education at a community college. She pursued art on her own.
**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.
Thursday Choir and Vocal Ensemble Instructor
Melissa loves to sing, especially in worship! It is her desire to enable singers of all ages to use their God given gifts in praise to the King. She has been involved in choirs since she was a little girl and studied voice at Linfield College as well as Baylor University. Singing in classical choirs, jazz ensembles, church choirs, worship teams and as a soloist, has given Melissa a wide variety of vocal experiences. She has led many Christmas programs and the Children’s worship ministry at MSCC. Melissa owned and operated Stepping Stones Music for eight years where she taught early childhood music. She is also a life long pianist and has studied with many gifted musicians.
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.
Claymation, Animation and Concept Art Instructor
Andy has his Masters degree in teaching with undergraduate majors in both Science and Arts & Letters. He has had and especially strong passion for animation from an early age, learning all that he could from school, independent study, and interviews with studios, directors and animators from around the world. Currently, he is working on his own feature length film using a blend of 2D and 3D techniques.
Andy is happily married to his wife, Alishia, who is a horse trainer and riding instructor in Oregon City. Together, they are working towards building a boarding school for children from all walks of life where they can excel in their learning and life skills.
Proverbs 22:29 - Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men.
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
Oil Painting, Pastels, Watercolor and Pen & Ink Instructor; MSOA Certified
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.
Thursday Drama Instructor
Emily Heinl has been homeschooling for 13 years and she considers this her greatest ministry. She has a love for portraiture and nature photography. She started her own photography business and was soon immersed in juggling photography clients and homeschooling. Currently she has reduced her photography business to only ministry opportunities until her children have all graduated. Emily is excited to grow her business in the future, but in the meantime, teaching her passion for photography to students is a great replacement.
Emily lettered in Speech/Debate in high school and enjoys teaching improv to students in homeschool co-ops. One of her greatest accomplishments as an improv teacher was seeing a shy student blossom with confidence in public speaking. This student went on to perform for the first time in a church musical. Improv is an excellent segue into other forms of public speaking, which she believes is a lifelong skill that many students lack.
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.”
Intern Anime Instructor
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.
Web Design, Screen Writing, Digital Painting and Computer Art Instructor
For over fifteen years, Taran has worked in technical graphics and digital editing environments yet his yearning for creative expression has often meant extra hours of “real” work after leaving the office. Taran has participated in the creation of a feature film and two different webisode series, written a plethora of short stories, finished over 100,000 words in his first novel, and remained active in the wide world of digital arts and music.Currently, he is pursuing a degree in English and Creative Writing with which he hopes to continue building on his Christ centered fantasy fiction series. Taran is extremely excited for the opportunity to help develop the flourishing film, writing, and computer art departments at MSOA.
Friday Choir Instructor
Lisa has always loved singing and has actively done so since she was young. She enjoys inspiring and nurturing this gift in others. Singing is her passion and when she is doing it she feels, “Alive.” She continually seeks out opportunities to express/ share this gift with others. Her singing journey has allowed her the opportunity to sing gospel, jazz and contemporary genres in a variety of college and community based Choirs, small Ensembles and she has also done a variety solo work. She has currently recorded two music CDs.
“Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.”Philip Brooks
Dance and Choir 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! “
Perspective Instructor; Clackamas Office Mgr, Westside Satellite School Director
Megan has a passion for helping and encouraging others in art. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with Bachelors of Science and Art, with an Artist Residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. She has taught for the Grace Institute, Young Rembrandt's, and Elementary schools in the Greater Portland Area.
Megan received a bronze medal in 2000 Sidney Summer Olympics in the Sports and Art competition and was also an All-American soccer player in college.
She has shown her art around the United States, since 1997, as well as Australia, Switzerland, and Japan. She does freelance work: commercial art, outdoor sculptures, murals, etc.--(some Grants)
Her work can be found in private and corporate collections and publications.
Personal quote: “I have been blessed with family, friends, teachers and other artists that have encouraged me to use the talents the Lord has given me.”
Bryce L. Tomlinson
Bryce is what we call "double-dominant", both left and right brained. Bryce learned to program computers in 1977 from his grandfather, who taught him to program a wide carriage teletype machine by converting decimal to hexadecimal and binary and punching that into cards that would be inserted into the machine. At the same time, his father often involved the whole family in nightly guitar jam sessions on the front porch, while the youngster learned to draw horses by visiting farms owned by family friends.
Bryce eventually applied his computer means to creative ends, first making video games and mastering early digital drawing and music programs on the Commodore 64 and Amiga computers. He gained interest in video in 2006 when a friend showed him a YouTube video he had made. Bryce bought a camera and learned all he could from young producers all over the world and peers in the professional arena. He is now an accomplished music producer, sound engineer, graphic artist, photographer, filmographer, and owner of his own freelance video production company, established in 2010.
Bryce enjoys daily time with The Lord in prayer and study, and loves to shoot nature stock footage of God's creations.
His life Bible verse is Matthew 13:23
Poetry, Lego Animation and Writing Instructor
Leesha has been a lover of the written word since childhood. For the last nine years she has been a dog trainer and is in the process of attaining her B.A. in Literature. She has a passion for the whimsy of the old writers and a love for teaching it. She lives in Clackamas Oregon. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, fishing, and a never ceasing pursuit for the ultimate story.
Now we see but a poor refection as in a mirror, then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part, then I will know in full, even as I am fully known. -1 Corinthians 13:12
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.
Guitar & Violin Instructor
Teresa has been an instructor with Masters School of Art since Spring 2007. She currently has 2 children enrolled in the Foundational Studies program.