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Yarnell Graduates

We celebrate with our Yarnell Certified Artists for having the creative fortitude, heart, and soul to successfully meet and overcome the challenges of becoming the Artists they were meant to be. Each of you are extraordinary in your success and you are a masterpiece of life and an inspiration to others. Congratulations!

Debbie Mattison

Study Series include: Landscape I and II, Yarnell Instructor

As a child and young adult Debbie was a musician, studying flute and piano. After becoming an “empty nester” she found a creative outlet in painting and became more passionate about art. While raising her children she had the opportunity to live in Holland and it was there that Debbie took her first painting class in 1992 and spent most of my time painting landscapes. After returning to the United States, she continued to study with Jerry and in 2013 became a “Yarnell Certified Artist” and in 2016 she became a “Yarnell Certified Instructor”. Studying with Jerry through the “Certified Artist Program” gave her the extra boost that she needed to advance her painting abilities and her confidence to take her art to the next level. As a Certified Instructor she is currently teaching Yarnell National Workshops near Pittsburgh and throughout country.

More recently Debbie became interested in Plein Air painting and has attended the Publisher’s Invitational for Plein air painters. During the summer months she works outdoors as often as possible and enjoys the extra challenges that painting outside poses. Debbie is doing critiques of student paintings and also online lessons using the Zoom platform.

debbie@debbiemattisonfineart.com

Paul Acosta

Study Series include: Landscape I

I’ve always enjoyed watching artists on TV.  It amazed me how they could take a blank sheet of paper or canvas and create a work of art.  My painting experience started with 'paint by number' sets.  It slowly moved to attempting my own art work.I started watching Jerry on TV around 2009.  I was really impressed by his work.  It wasn’t just art, but fine art.  I wanted to be able to paint like he did.  I bought several of Jerry’s art books and painted a number of his works following the instructions.  Friends and family were impressed with how they came out.I retired from my Accounting position in 2014 and decided to get more involved with my art work.  I attended two semesters of art classes at a local community college.  That gave me confidence that I had some ability.I was looking to improve my skills so I decided to enroll in the Yarnell Certified Program.  I really enjoyed the challenge of painting some of Jerry’s works.  Jerry’s critiques were encouraging and thorough – identifying areas to correct and improve.  I can see great improvement in my art work since participating in the program.

pacosta333@yahoo.com

Gail Aitchison

Study Series include: Landscape I

I first discovered Jerry on TV in 2003 and was immediately “hooked.” I quickly started painting his instructional videos, attending his workshops in Portland, Oregon, and later, went to Skiatook, Oklahoma for private instruction and group lessons. In 2018 I decided to sign up for the Landscape I course. I found it both challenging and very rewarding, As a former school teacher and art teacher I can honestly say Jerry is the best, the most thorough and patient instructor I have ever met. For anyone wanting to advance their painting skills I would highly recommend Landscape I. I look forward to taking Landscape II as soon as it is up and running!

ngaitch@telus.net

Scott Allen

Study Series include: Landscape I

I got into painting quite by accident. Watching TV, I saw Bob Ross and follow his style of painting for a bit. But his style left me wanting more.  Searching around the internet I found Jerry Yarnell. He was perfect for what I was looking for. His web site was open 24/7 and his “how to” paint videos on just about everything in landscaping was there in YSO (Yarnell School Online). Turn on the computer and the school was right there. It does not get any better than that. After a year of enjoying his web site I went to his school in Oklahoma which was a blast meeting all the other artist from around the country. As my skills improved, I started getting serious about painting.   It was time to give his 'Certified Artist' a try. Make no mistake. The pressure was on. Paint one picture, send it in and start on the next one. I loved it. He is a great teacher, and I can't thank him enough. Anyone who is interested in his school feel free to send me an email.

skallen@sbcglobal.net

Bryan Benson

Study Series include: Landscape I

Bryan discovered his passion for painting at ten years of age while he lived in Asheville, NC. When he first saw Jerry’s Yarnell’s TV show about how to paint, he was inspired to follow Jerry and to begin painting and doing everything he could to perfect his painting skills. Once it took days to create a work of art on a canvas; now it merely takes hours. Now that Brian lives in Gaffney, SC, he has worked with two art galleries that have displayed his paintings and even opened his own art gallery (Benson’s Art Gallery) in 2012. Bryan soon decided to take the online painting class with Jerry Yarnell and to begin pursuing his goal of becoming a Yarnell Certified Instructor by first completing the Yarnell Certified Artist Program. Most recently, he has become a painting instructor for two galleries (Cave Art Gallery in Gaffney, SC, and the Westgate Gallery located in the Spartanburg, SC, Mall) and also works with Michael’s Craft Store while simultaneously taking care of two kids. Bryan says his life couldn’t be any better and he owes it all to painting and to Jerry Yarnell. Today Brian is wildly successful promoting and selling his art and has ventured into even more of an impressionistic style. You can find Bryan and his art on the Facebook Marketplace.

bryanbenson41@gmail.com

Linda C. Casella

Study Series include: Landscape I

I am Australian. I have a Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting and am a CPA Accountant. I have always been drawn to art, but it wasn’t until I bought some of the “Paint Along with Jerry Yarnell” art tutorial books that I was captivated by the way Jerry taught art techniques systematically. I immersed myself into completing many of the projects in his books and later joined “Yarnell School Online.” I was then inspired to enroll in the Yarnell Certified Artist Program and over the past two years Jerry’s guidance, suggestions, technical instruction, and skilled teaching methods have really helped me to enrich my skills and improve my paintings. I recently completed my first art commission for an IT company which felt absolutely great! I hope to continue to take classes with Jerry and continue to develop as an artist.

casella09@iinet.net.au

Mike Cook

Study Series include: Landscape I

I have worked construction for most of my adult life and with a background in drafting have also enjoyed drawing. When my wife went back to school, I needed an activity to keep me out of her hair while she was studying. I decided to try my hand at painting. I began with portraits in pastel, charcoal, then oils Even during the infancy of my new pursuit, my endeavors were rewarded by multiple ribbons earned at the local state fair. Through a mutual friend, I was introduced to Jerry’s school and began landscape classes with acrylics. Over the past two years Jerry has enriched my skills and offered more comprehensive and technical instructions allowing for a more painterly appearance to my work.

tjcathey@hotmail.com

Brian Corder

Study Series include: Landscape I

I have worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for 20 years. I obtained a master’s degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2012. Upon completion of my MBA, I began searching for a creative outlet. It did not take long for me to discover Jerry Yarnell on PBS. I was then lucky enough to realize that Jerry’s Studio is a mere 30 minutes from my house! It has been my pleasure to grow my skills and talent at the Yarnell School of Fine Art. If it were not for Jerry and the other artists and friends I have made at the Studio, I would not have come this far.
My new goal is to become a working artist full time. I have begun taking commissions, entering art shows, and have branched into teaching. I don’t think there is any greater feeling than seeing a student’s smile when they learn something new or complete a painting. “God Bless you all and keep painting!”

brian@bcorder.com

Shirley Davey

Study Series include: Landscape I

I have been an artist for over twenty years. I am mainly self-taught; however, I took portraiture courses from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I have also taken instructions on the Flemish Technique used by the Old Masters and use this technique when painting portraits and horses. I like to challenge myself to learn and grow as an artist, and thus a new genre I chose was landscape painting. I was inspired to do so as I live and am surrounded by breathtaking scenery in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in the East Kootenays, Canada. I find creativity easy, and I am also a published author of “The Liar Birds.”

scdartist@hotmail.com

Mark Earlam

Study Series include: Landscape I

Drawing has always been an important thing for me from a young age, but I lost touch with it when working life started. A couple of years ago I came across one of Jerry's books by chance while browsing on Amazon. I painted several of Jerry's great painting tutorials from the books and loved them all. After some more research I found the YSO online school and signed up immediately. The videos took the learning to another level and I knew this is what I wanted to spend my time doing.
Once I had a sound idea of the basics I wanted to challenge myself. The YCAP certificate was the prefect opportunity to do this. It was certainly a challenge and I learnt more with this program than I could have ever hoped.
I love nature and being outside, hiking whenever I get the chance. This gives me inspiration to paint the things I see when I am at home. I try to paint the memories to capture the feeling of being there again. I cannot really remember what it was like to not be thinking about painting all the time.

mark.earlam@gmail.com