21 SECRETS Color, Color, Color!


Below are the bios for the 24 amazing teachers that make up 21 SECRETS Color, Color, Color!

Briana Goetzen

Briana Goetzen, MA, founder of OrangeSpiralArts.com,is passionate about connecting women to their inner joy, creativity, and providing a safe space for them to unleash their colorful spirit into the world! With a background in Elementary Education and Human Development, Briana brings a loving awareness that art is a powerful tool for personal growth, healing, and transformation. By reinforcing the “process over product” philosophy, students are able to conquer their fears around creativity and move toward positive life changes.| WEBSITE


Cait Sherwood

I am a mixed-media painter who works into art journals.

Through a daily process of working into books and journals, my work reveals itself. When I begin a piece I don’t know exactly what it will end up like. I choose to embrace that mysterious quality and proceed. I strive to allow my work to come into existence whether I like it or not.

I live and work on my family’s farm in Brookeville, Maryland. | WEBSITE

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

I’m Chrissy Foreman Cranitch … Intuitive Artist, Nurturer and Proud Mama of Max Bear.

My work is a fusion of play, love, self-care and inspired thought and I use paint, pens, crayons, papers, magazines and color to explore these feelings. | WEBSITE

Connie Solera

With 20+ years of experience teaching art and working as a full time artist, Connie Solera offers a mystical approach to painting grounded in tradition. Through workshops, retreats, and mentoring, Connie guides artists to dig deep, experiment wildly, and discover new techniques and approaches that excavate their innate gifts, enhance their unique strengths, and help them thrive as heart guided artists.

Connie is the creator of Dirty Footprints Studio and the founder, creative director, and one of the amazing teachers in 21 SECRETS Color, Color, Color!  | WEBSITE

Danielle Donaldson

Danielle Donaldson

Danielle Donaldson is a mixed-media artist and illustrator. She is always scheming up new ways to infuse her love of watercolors and other mediums with as much color as possible. Danielle’s art always tells a story without words through her use of color, depth and light. Some say it’s whimsical; she

says it’s fanciful with a smidge of sassy. Danielle is the author of ‘creativeGIRL: mixed media projects for an artful life’ which contains a plethora of goodness about her art and process. In her free time, you can find her in ‘the dorm room’ playing with art supplies and imagining up new creative stuff to share. | WEBSITE

Dianne Fago

Dianne Fago is a Nebraska transplant but a Missouri girl at heart and being from “The Show Me State” doesn’t shine any more clearly than it does in her art. She is a mixed-media artist with a love of bright colors and texture who has learned the most by just listening to and trusting her inner artist. Letting go and following those little whispers of “What will happen if I try this? Okay, show me! Let’s see what happens!” is what her mixed-media creations are all about. As a stay-at- home mom of 5 children, and two granddaughters, with an 11 year gap between her third and fourth child, life can get really crazy! The freedom and comfort of expressing herself in her mixed-media and magazine collage pages has shown her that there is always a beautiful way to honor and cherish those good times as well as those those not so good times through art. | WEBSITE

Hali Karla

Hali Karla is a lifelong artist and writer, with a therapeutic background and a devotion to the interconnection of all life. As a mentor and guide, she enjoys helping others begin and develop their own holistic-creative practice as a way toward inner joy, healing and realization. She has experienced – personally and professionally – the empowering gifts and medicine of intuitive and conscious creativity to change lives, especially in times of transitions and uncertainty. The creative process and her daily practice ground and guide her life and work in the world. | WEBSITE

Imke Rust

 Imke Rust

Can we create rain through a creative process? This question together with my deep-seated curiosity, interest in shamanism and alternative worldviews and stubborn insistence that we can make the world a better place have guided my journey as a multi-passionate creative being. I love uncovering the deeper meanings and mysteries of life and figuring out how everything is connected.

I am a Namibian multi-media artist, rainmaker and curator. I grew up in the desert of Namibia and since 2010 I am splitting my time between my home country and Germany, between the desert and the forest. I have completed my Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts at the University of South Africa and have won Namibia’s most influential art competition, the Standard Bank Namibia Biennale, twice.

My artistic expression is versatile, with a strong attraction towards nature and land art. I also enjoy sharing the joy of creativity with others, through joined projects, workshops, interventions in public spaces and via my blog.

I am excited to welcome you on a joint exploration of the stories, symbolism and effects behind the colours we use to paint the stories of our lives. | WEBSITE

 Jeanne Oliver

Jeanne is married to her dream maker, Kelly, and the mother to three funny and creative kiddos. She home schools her children even though she has tried to get out of it a few times. You can often find her hiking in her state of Colorado, making creative messes in her studio and finding an excuse to have another cup of coffee.

She speaks and teaches all around the country and sometimes she even gets to cross the pond. She was told that she needed to find that one thing but she doesn’t like listening to directions so she embraces many loves and that has given her a sweet mash up of family, art, decorating and fashion. Connecting with women and sharing that each of us has been creatively made is one of her passions. The Lord is showing her each day to trust in him and he has been knocking her socks off every since. | WEBSITE

Jenni Horne

Jenni Horne is an artist.dreamer.doer. She has a teacher’s heart who shares her love of painting with others through in-person workshops and online painting courses. Jenni stresses along the way that finding your authentic voice is key to the growth of your own creative experience. She states that,

“Allowing yourself room to make mistakes, learning new techniques and creating everyday is what leads to successful art making. It’s okay to paint over a mess. It’s all a part of the growth. It’s a part of creating your thread. You find what works for you by experimenting. I always say the answer to a question never asked is NO. If you never allow yourself the opportunity for the yeses to happen, then you will never find out who you truly are as an artist.”

Jenni lives in suburbs of Atlanta with her husband Billy, 2 teenagers and 2 adorable dogs. By day she is an art teacher at the public school her children attend teaching both photography and visual arts….while by night she spends countless hours in her sunny yellow studio creating whimsical paintings and unique jewelry. | WEBSITE

 Jennifer Mercede

Jennifer Mercede is an artist residing in Portland, OR. She loves scribbling, doodling, being silly, and being expressive with paint, markers, crayons and/or whatever is closest and suits the mood. Her goal is primarily to get into the zone, the flow zone where she can forget all else and surrender to the joy of creating. She is spontaneous in her creation and enjoys thinking on a whim in a variety of expressions, including art, music, writing and play. Her love of color is evident in her bright and sophisticated palettes, producing a unique ‘street art meets fine art meets toddler art’ style. | WEBSITE

Kristina Oppegard

 Kristina “Kitty” Oppegard

Mixed Media artist living on the central coast of California in the heart of Wine Country.

First love will always be art journaling but loves to paint big!

Through ink meeting paint she has found a way to connect her stories that need to be told through what she hopes, are engaging pieces.

All art is done with healing intention and in honor of The Great Creator & her Ancestors. Of Shoshone Native American descent, she continues to grow her native roots and wants to reflect this in her ongoing works for universal healing. | WEBSITE

 Lorraine Bell

Lorraine is a self-taught Mixed Media Artist residing in Central Florida. A recent empty nester, she fills her days painting, traveling and writing. She combines all three hobbies to create illustrated art journals bursting with her adventures on the road.

Lorraine, owner of Serendipity Studios, is one of the artists that make up the collaborative team of Art to the 5thTM. She created the original visual planner/art journal that was the inspiration for The Documented Life ProjectTM– a yearly venture that encourages the concept of visual and written chronicles of your daily life.

Lorraine’s Catholic faith keeps her grounded and often inspires her art. She is a lover all things random, serendipitous and spontaneous.

Lorraine teaches art lessons on the road and through her online classroom and is currently working on her first book, to be released in 2016. | WEBSITE

Marta Łapkowska

I was born and raised in Poland but am currently living in Ireland for the last ten years. My inner soul is truly a creative person. Ever since I can remember I have loved arts and crafts and have a passion for innovative techniques. I love to play, experiment and create unique pieces – from cards and tags to layouts, assemblage art, mix media canvases, art journals and altered objects. Most of all I love sharing my passion through my YouTube channel where I regularly post new project tutorials. Recently I started my Art Vlogs where I talk about interesting scrappy news, products introductions and reviews. For the past three years creativity has been my way of life – so far it’s the best journey I could have imagined! | WEBSITE

Martice Smith II

Martice Smith II is a mixed-media artist and designer whose stunning illustrations reveals her love for fashion, typography and wildlife. Her keen eye for detail combined with exploding bright colors and graffiti grunge, makes her work instantly recognizable. She loves to work both traditionally and digitally, often embedding inspirational phrases into her work.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Illustration, she established herself as a freelance Illustrator and graphic designer in Kansas City, Missouri.

Along with exhibiting in numerous juried and solo shows, Martice’s work has been published in online and print magazines. | WEBSITE

Mary Wangerin

Mary Wangerin is an artist, wife, and mama living in a magical town on the Oregon coast where the forest meets the sea. Mary is a professional joy-seeker and believer that all of life is art (yes, you too!). It is important to Mary to look for beauty everywhere – especially in the ordinary, everyday moments. | WEBSITE

Michelle Turbide

Michelle Turbide is Vermont artist, seeker, and observer. She is passionate about exploring nature, color, and living creatively on every level. Her work is about the transformation of the soul through lived experiences that change, evolve, and grow us. She is fascinated about connections, self exploration, and the life journey. Her colorful, textural, and expressive dreamscapes can be found showing locally in Vermont and on her website. Michelle describes her creative process as entering a state of liminal space and collective unconscious and excavating a visual narrative that holds the energy of the experience. She is interested in her art being a journey for the viewer to relate to the emotions, mystery, and depth of the essence behind the piece. | WEBSITE

Mystele Kirkeeng

All the play- filled paths I’ve followed since 2008 have led me to my own way of painting and seeing that I call “gut art”. Upon closer inspection, you can see playful layer upon layer of story-telling in the backgrounds, and it’s these layers that eventually yield the quirk- ily beautiful characters and scenes that make you stop long enough to smile, to think, to remember, to laugh, to feel life in all of its bitter-sweetness, and to take heart in the midst of it all. My prayer is that the art that comes out of my life will encourage you to THRIVE. | WEBSITE


Natasha Reilly

As an artist and writer, Natasha Reilly works with students, private clients and businesses both online and in person using writing and multi-medium art-making techniques to discover unique strengths, aka Superpowers, and develop an authentic voice. Poet of Play and Founder of Creative Nachos –a playground for the imagination – she uses a joyful, intuitive, and innovative process both in workshops and private work to help people move beyond self-imposed limits and successfully apply their natural talents to all areas of life. She invites people to stop living other people’s stories and become powerful, expressive storytellers living their story in both their personal and business lives.

Natasha is the former creativity coach columnist for Sprout magazine and has published original pieces in national publications such as Family Circle and Latina, online venues such as MediaBistro, Wild Sister, Sacred Circle Creative Life, and physical spaces such as the Library of Congress. | WEBSITE


Penn Gregory

Penn Gregory is a mixed media artist from London in the UK.

‘I love to explore new ways of combining materials and media – collage, painting, photo, textiles, text and digital – more recently I’ve been integrating these with animation, video and music too. It usually starts out with an unplanned stream of consciousness fuelled by unbounded curiosity. My primary aim is explore new ideas and find new ways to play and have fun with my art. I love to document and share my thoughts and process with the online art community, it’s an exciting time to be a creative. | WEBSITE


Robin Mead

I’m a Mixed Media, Water-coloring, Acrylic using Artist and Art Journaler. I Love color and use vibrant and bold colors to capture the joy in life. My favorite subjects are depictions of nature, preferably the ocean, landscapes, flowers and birds. I believe that we all have a colorful source of imagination and joy…and this is what I try to capture and inspire within my creations…Beauty, Joy and a Zest for Life…! I also love to share what I learn and to encourage others to use their own ideas, imaginations and skills to design their own creative life. There are so many ways to fulfill a dream of becoming a full time artist, and part of my online presence is to connect with others, inspire ideas and show how I live creatively. I love to spend time at the ocean or in nature looking for inspiration, and always have a bag of art supplies ready in hand.. I live with my husband Wilson of 28 years our 2 daughters Victoria and Rachel, son in law Alex, his parents and friends enjoying our time in the deep south. | WEBSITE


 Shilpa Menghani Ruchandani

My name is Shilpa Menghani Ruchandani, also known as “Artyshils” on the internet. I am a visual artist, freelancer, youtuber and a blogger with a Bachelors in Fine Arts (drawing and painting) from Nagpur University , India. My art is about capturing emotions and the powerful language of colors.

Through a primarily figurative and abstract approach I love working with acrylic paints and mixed media. I absolutely adore pure and bright colors and love to challenge god’s natural chroma and patterns with my own. | WEBSITE


Tori Weyers

Tori Weyers is a fine artist and designer specializing in mixed media, screen printing, and abstract painting. Weyers received her BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and has a passion for creating work that engages and delights the viewer with rich visual narratives, strong composition and unique subject matter.

Weyers has been a featured artist in Art Journaling Magazine and she teaches mixed media, painting and printmaking at the Indianapolis Art Center as well many different in person and online workshops and classes.

Weyers creates and shows work from her downtown Indianapolis studio in The Circle City Industrial Artists Complex as well as her home studio in Broad Ripple Indiana. | WEBSITE


I’m an artistic explorer roaming the Colorado mountains like an elf through Middle Earth. My current artistic focus is on art-journaling and bight portraits/ pop art using markers. My life goal is to spread creative passion and positivity and hopefully make people laugh in the process! | WEBSITE