Instructor Bios

Judith Becker

Judith Becker is an experienced artist with dual degrees in design and education.  She previously taught a variety of classes in Garrett County, Maryland. Judith specializes in painting with colored pencils, pastels and watercolors and often mixes her media for unusual effects. Her subjects mostly are botanical s and scenes from her travels. Her popular classes cover many art techniques targeted for both the beginner and the more experienced painter.  She is a juried artist at Tamarack.


Robert Howard

An artist’s style has a lot to do with who we are, what our personality is like, and, in a way, it is a sort of graphic signature. Jan is interested in detail and a careful representation of what she actually sees – whether it is in a photograph, or an object or scene from real life. My interest is the essence of my subject, I am less interested in representing something as it actually is and more attracted to getting a feeling of the subject – the essence. So, most of my work here, especially the figurative pieces and portraits, try to do just that.

I also find myself being pulled to the smallness of things – so I’m not going to be attracted to grand vistas, but rather the flowers at the road side. I like still life for the same reason. I am also an eclectic, mixed media artist so that I will use whatever is at hand to help me convey the feeling I’m after – brushes, sticks, leaves, fingers – anything that makes the mark I want. And I’ll use whatever media – oils, acrylics, pastel, watercolor, charcoal and sometimes several together.

Victoria Pendragon

Victoria Pendragon, has exhibited in 47 juried shows across the country and has work in four corporate collections. Her work hangs in numerous private collections both in the United States and Europe. She is an ordained transformational counselor and the author of four books on emotional and energetic healing, which have been published by Ozark Mountain Publishing.

Her workshop – Collage as a Tool for Personal Transformation & Healing has been presented at venues in Providence, RI, Philadelphia, PA, Cherry Hill, NJ, and at WomanGathering, an annual event held in upstate Pennsylvania.

Victoria’s one-woman show, Witness, which consists almost entirely of collage, has been exhibited in Winchester, Virginia at the Shenandoah Arts Gallery, and in Bedford, Pennsylvania, at Locality Gallery. It is also available for viewing online at

David Rehor

David Rehor is a freelance photographer based in the Washington DC area with over 22 years of experience in the photography industry.  He received his BFA in photography from The Corcoran School of Art in 1994.  In 2001, he started my photography business full time, specializing in commercial and editorial portraiture.  In his personal work, he is drawn to night photography, time lapse exposure, and a fluid “painting with light” approach to subject illumination.

Sterling “Rip” Smith

Sterling “Rip” Smith is an award-winning fine art and architectural photographer whose work has been exhibited nationally and regionally. His work can be found in public and private collections throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and in galleries in the Eastern Panhandle region of West Virginia. His web site is

Lori Thompson

Lori Thompson earned her BA in Art Education at Shepherd in 1991 (honors) and her Master’s at George Mason in 1999 (honors). Lori taught art in VA public high schools for many years. She was Director of Fine Arts at Hyde School in Woodstock, CT for four years. Lori’s teaching has encompassed all age groups: from preschoolers in daycare centers to the elderly in senior homes and from students in after-school art programs at inner city elementary schools to adults in community art centers, such as the Creative Alliance in B’more. Prior to moving back to WV in 2017, Lori was the Arts Specialist at a Veteran facility for seven years. Her passion for teaching art and her compassion for her community recently led her to develop and instruct a weekly, ongoing art class (free) for those in recovery at Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center in Martinsburg.

Concerning her own art, Lori has this to say:

“I love creating. Period. I love making books in particular because bookmaking allows me to utilize many of my interests. The book format offers limitless possibilities for sculpture, painting, carving, sewing, printmaking, collage, writing, etc. Besides traditionally bound books, I’ve made books from stone, clay, glass, various metals and found objects. I am creating a “Book Garden” this spring, so I’ll add earth and plants to the list of my bookmaking materials! I also like to alter books. I carve niches, drawers, devise hidden spaces within the structure, as well as simply altering the pages.

I am fascinated by small objects, by the flotsam and jetsam of daily life. I make collections of these into assemblages that rely heavily on metaphors. I am a big fan of puns. I am currently working on a series of small sculptures based on puns and I have fits of laughter every time I work on them.

One of my main goals as a teacher and as an artist, is to inspire others to joyfully discover and embrace the art within themselves, to present possible digging tools and create opportunities for them to both delve and connect.”