MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Pasco Fine Arts Center is a building dedicated to community engagement and art education. We have amassed an amazing cadre of instructors who teach regularly throughout the year. We offer group classes and private lessons. Learn more about our experienced instructors.
Suzanne Natzke is originally from Michigan but has lived in Florida since 1985. She began to paint in watercolor in 2001 and has since studied under several local and nationally renowned artists. She is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society. Her work has been featured in state and national exhibitions, online shows, and publications. Suzanne teaches watercolor and mixed water media classes at the Pasco Fine Arts Council in New Port Richey. She also offers workshops and demonstrations on a variety of water media techniques.
Denise Philbrook was born in San Diego, California. Art was an important part of her life growing up. She lived in many different cities around the U.S. and in Spain, before settling in Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Barry University in Miami. She moved to the Tampa area in the 80’s and currently resides with her husband and two children in Holiday, Florida. She has a studio at home where she happily works as a potter and artist.
Lisa Phillips Owens Lisa is a second-generation artist practiced in several mediums, but her mediums of choice are acrylic and oil painting. While she considers herself a contemporary artist, she has focused much of her studies on the works and methods of the old European masters which brings added dimension to her abilities and style of painting as well as to her teaching. Her goal as a teacher is to pass on the fundamentals to her students with an emphasis on them developing their own personal style.
Christa Stanelun - Christa was born and raised in Germany and moved to the U.S. as a young adult. She attended the University of Rhode Island, majoring in art history. Through contact with other students, she got her hands into clay and found that she loved it. Eventually she and her family moved to Holiday, Florida, where she quickly found other clay-enthusiasts. The earth, growing things and being creative has always been her pleasure. Clay fit well into her life and has become an important part of it for more than 30 years. Christa now teaches pottery at the Pasco Fine Arts Center. She loves teaching, passing on the skills she has acquired over so many years. She is talented and a skilled crafter, teaching all student levels from children to adults, showing them how to hand
Ernesto Blanco - was born and raised in Cuba where he taught Fine Arts at the Professional Academy of Fine Arts “El Alba”, Holguin, Cuba for nearly 30 years. His work became well known in Europe and Canada, and in 2011 he became connected with the Ottawa School of Art in Canada where he lectured and taught art. In 2017, he came to the United States where he has shown his work in many venues. Over the years, he has been honored with many awards in art, printmaking, and photography.
Artist statement: The main focus of my work is the human being as a social entity. I am interested in how the pervasive thought-shaping systems influence the individual and by what means. I think of each person as an amphibious being who is struggling between not just two but three realities: that one which simply "is", independent of what the mind insist on perceiving and interpreting; the other one created as a result of a conditioned perception of "reality"; and, on a more subtle level, the reality created artificially as an external mechanism of control (ideology, culture, politics, economics), which saturates and inundates the individual's life. It's my opinion that the latter constitutes "reality" for the majority of people.
In most of my present works I create a kind of palimpsest, establishing semantic relationship by juxtaposing images and codes used by the mass media, such as publicity and propaganda. I mainly use cutting of written press, as a symbol of that created "reality", which appear as a backdrop in my pieces, on which the human being is represented in different expressions and compositions, stripped of personal attributes and superfluous details, so the image can dialogue freely with the background elements. This encourages the viewer to question and evaluate our role as passive or active participants in society.
Ann Larsen - has been studying polymer clay as an art medium since 2005 and incorporates techniques and concepts from her studies in many other media in her polymer explorations. She studied art and art history at Drake University and Drake’s School of Art & Art History in Florence, Italy, as well as the University of Iowa (B.A. 1974). She recently retired after a 44-year career as an arts administrator and educator in directorships at a museum, two art centers, state and local arts council and a private gallery.
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