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Karen Bonaker

From the time I was very young I enjoyed painting on whatever I could get my hands on and that included the walls of my house! My mother was wonderful as she herself was an artist and supplied a wall in my room where I was free to express myself. 

I received formal training at my local college concentrating on color and design. I discovered the software program "Painter" almost 20 years ago and have since then enjoyed creating images using a Wacom tablet and stylus. The same principles can be applied to painting digitally as in traditional media painting. The technique of “painting with digital light” enables me to have command of skills that are both traditional and state-of-the-art.

My feeling is that everyone has the ability to draw and paint, we just need to learn how to develop our own gifts, and Digital Art Academy is the venue to achieve that goal. I am a veteran of online training and an instructor at Digital Art Academy .

I look forward to helping you explore the world of digital painting; it has been a wonderful journey for me!

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Skip Allen

Skip received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts with an Emphasis in Pottery from the Memphis College of Art. He was a studio potter for almost three decades and taught at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi for 21 years. An Award-winning artist, he is published in Ceramics Monthly and The Crafts Reports, and has been included in articles from House Beautiful, Mississippi Magazine and Studio Potter.

So, what is his connection with digital art? Skip got his first computer in 1984 and began developing skills in graphics and desktop publishing. He started using CorelDRAW in the late eighties, but didn’t discover Corel Painter X until 2008. Since that discovery Skip has immersed himself in digital art. Passionate about Corel Painter, he is a beta tester and member of the Corel Painter Advisory Council. In 2011 he was named a Corel Painter Master.

“I love to teach”, Skip remarks,“ I find that it is a wonderful sharing experience.” Skip is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of Painter with those anxious to learn about the program and the digital creative process.

Besides teaching, Skip enjoys making custom brushes for Painter. While he has made Impasto and Liquid Ink brushes, his favorites are Watercolor. His brushes are available for free at his blog Skip Allen Paints. Articles written by Skip can be found at Digital Paint Magazine.

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Debbie Kolesar

No site would be successful without the people that help to make it so! Debbie is no exception. Her hard work supporting not only the instructors but the students is always helpful and professional. 

Debbie is there to help you with site questions, but to also help you to be a successful student at DAA. 

Debbie says: I am a Research Scientist by training, an amateur photographer and wanted to expand my hobbies into digital painting. It made sense to me as I love computers, getting my first one in 1987 and learning database programming in DBase 3+.  I have also designed and managed a few websites.

When I was asked if I wanted to help out at DAA I jumped at the chance. I can bring some of my techie skills into play while being an integral part of this wonderful school.