Writers and Staff

Jannett Roberts

Publisher
Publisher

Jannett Roberts

Prior to this, Jannett was the associate publisher/advertising director for Winter Park Magazine. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stetson University. She has 15 years of successful sales experience in both the financial and publishing world. Jannett has lived in Central Florida for over 30 years and is passionate about her two beautiful children.

Gigi Rosenberg

Editor
Editor

Gigi Rosenberg

Gigi won her first unofficial grant as a 14-year-old when she convinced her parents to fork over the cash to buy 5 rolls of Super 8 Kodachrome film to shoot her first film. Born in New York City, she now lives in Portland, Oregon, where she’s a writer, artist coach and author of The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist, published by Watson-Guptill and now in its second printing. Visit gigirosenberg.com

Nada Hassanein

Associate Editor
Associate Editor

Nada Hassanein

Nada earned her bachelor’s in journalism and psychology from the University of Central Florida. Her work has been published in several publications based in Orlando, Florida, including Orlando Business Journal, Orlando Weekly and the Winter Park-Maitland Observer. She has lived in Central Florida for more than 15 years. She loves storytelling, and when she’s not reading, editing or writing, you may catch her making art.

Kristen Schaeffer-Santoni

Art Director
Art Director

Kristen Schaeffer-Santoni

Kristen has worked in the design and publishing industry for the past 15 years. Originally from northern Virginia, Kristen attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, then made roots in Central Florida where she was an art director for Create Magazine and Winter Park Magazine before moving to Los Angeles two years ago with her family. She’s judged several design and fine art competitions, and won many design awards.

Columnists


Eric Maisel

Writer
Writer

Eric Maisel

Dr. Eric Maisel is the author of 30 books, among them Coaching the Artist Within and The Van Gogh Blues, and is widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach. He is a featured contributor to the Huffington Post, WholeLiving.com, ArtBistro and Professional Artist. Visit Dr. Maisel at www.ericmaisel.com

Katie Lane

Writer

Renée Phillips

Writer

Writer

Renée Phillips

Renée Phillips is the founder and director of Manhattan Arts International (www.ManhattanArts.com). Known as “The Artrepreneur Coach,” she offers art marketing advice and coaching to artists worldwide. She is the author of several books and the Artist Success Package. She has organized more than 50 exhibitions including 7 annual “Celebrate The Healing Power of ART”. She invites you to join her group Manhattan Arts International on LinkedIn, follow her on Twitter, and join her on Facebook.

For online articles by Renée Phillips, click here.

Terry Sullivan

Writer
Writer

Writer

Terry Sullivan is a writer who has worked in the photo and technology industries for more than a decade. He’s also a photographer, musician and artist, whose oil and pastel paintings have been included in a number of gallery and museum exhibitions, including group shows at the Heckscher Museum of Art, in Huntington, New York, and the New York State Museum in Albany, New York. He has taught many art workshops at the Art League of Long Island, in Dix Hills, New York, and is the author of the book, The Best of Sketching & Drawing. For more on Terry’s work, visit his blog at http://postretro.wordpress.com.

Contributing Writers


Alyson B. Stanfield

Writer
Writer

Alyson B. Stanfield

Alyson B. Stanfield helps artists sell more art by teaching them how to built and sustain authentic relationships — online and offline. She is the author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion, available at http://idratherbeinthestudio.com and the popular Art Biz Blog, http://artbizblog.com.

For online articles by Alyson B. Stanfield, click here.

Annie Strack

Writer
Writer

Annie Strack

Annie Strack has artwork included in a number of museums, and other public and private collections. Her instructional DVD, Painting Seascapes in Watercolor — The Red Dinghy, is available on her Web site for $24.95 plus $5 shipping and handling. Visit www.AnnieStrackArt.com

For online articles by Annie Strack, click here.

Brenda Hope Zappitell

Writer
Writer

Brenda Hope Zappitell

Brenda Hope Zappitell creates abstract expressionist works not only born out of intuition but also serendipitously influenced by nature and life experiences. She earned her BSW from Florida State University in 1986 and her J.D. from University of Miami Law School in 1990. Zappitell is mostly self-taught but has attended classes and workshops in New Mexico, Mexico and Florida. She is represented at galleries around the country and has participated in solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in both private and public collections. Visit www.zappitellstudio.com

Diana Moses Botkin

Writer
Writer

Writer

Diana Moses Botkin is a wife, mother of five and award-winning artist who enjoys painting a variety of subjects, from figurative to landscapes. Her drawings and paintings range from miniatures to murals and are collected by clients around the globe. An Oklahoma native, Diana now lives and works in north Idaho, where she stays busy with family chores, making and marketing her art, teaching, blogging, and writing for Professional Artist. Find out more about Diana and her work at www.DianaMosesBotkin.com, http://DianaMosesBotkin.blogspot.com/, www.DailyPainters.com and www.DianaMosesBotkin.imagekind.com/lifeimages. For online articles by Diana Moses Botkin, click here.

Elena Parashko

Writer
Writer

Elena Parashko

Elena Parashko is an artist, teacher and writer based in Sydney, Australia. Her artwork can be viewed at www.elenaparashko.com
For online articles by Elena Parashko, click here.

E. Brady Robinson

Writer
Writer

E. Brady Robinson

E. Brady Robinson received her B.F.A. in photography from The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland and M.F.A. in photography from Cranbrook Art Academy. Museum exhibits include: The Aspen Art Museum, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and American University Art Museum. Her work has been reviewed in The Washington Post and Afterimage. She is Associate Professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design at UCF in Orlando. Visit her website: http://www.ebradyrobinson.com. For online articles by E. Brady Robinson, click here.

Gregory W. Frux

Writer
Writer

Writer

Brooklyn-based artist Gregory W. Frux paints both urban landscape and wilderness scenes, ranging from Northeastern United States’ forests, to Rocky Mountains, desert California, Alaska, Yukon and Bolivian Andes. He served as artist-in-residence in Glacier, Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks and worked as artist aboard ships in Antarctica and Arctic Norway. Frux’s paintings have been exhibited at Lincoln Center, the Cordova Historical Museum, the Salmagundi Club, Brooklyn College and U.S. Embassies. The Library of Congress, MTA, NYC Department of Education and National Park Service own his work. To see Gregory’s work, visit his Web site http://frux.net. For online articles by Gregory W. Frux, click here.

Matthew Daub

Writer
Writer

Writer

Matthew Daub (www.matthewdaub.com) is a professor of fine art at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. His watercolor paintings and drawings have been included in numerous invitational exhibitions at institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and most recently at the 185th Exhibition of Contemporary American Art at The National Academy of Design. Daub is also the director of ARTS SOJOURN (www.artssojourn.com) — an arts/travel company specializing in trips to Italy. He is represented by ACA Galleries in New York City.
For online articles by Matthew Daub, click here.

Ora Sorensen

Writer
Writer

Writer

Ora Sorensen describes her work as “exaggerated realism,” where the colors, scale, contrast and lighting are pushed just beyond reality. Her popular still lifes evoke the beauty of nature, and then heighten it with vibrant colors, brilliant light and dancing shadows. Ora’s laborious method of oil painting uses many layers of thin transparent oil paint to give a deep jewel-like glow to the surfaces of the painting’s subject matter. Sorensen was born in New York but grew up overseas in such countries as Libya, Turkey, Iran, Holland and Thailand. Throughout her childhood travels, Ora spent a lot of time drawing and painting and taking workshops from artists all over the world. Ora owned a gallery in Delray Beach, Fla., for the past 20 years and served on the Board of Directors of The Delray Beach Center for the Arts, The Board of Directors of the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, The Executive Board and Board of Directors for the Creative City Collaborative, and on the Public Art Advisory Board of Directors. Her work is in many private collections as well as The Cleveland Clinic and the Intercontinental Hotels. Since 2006, Ora has been a contributing columnist to periodicals for professional artists. Visit www.orasorensenart.com

Stephen Knudsen

Writer
Writer

Writer

Stephen Knudsen has an M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art And Design, where he is currently professor of painting, and has a degree in biology. He has taught university painting, color and design theory and critical art theory for 19 years. Stephen has published groundbreaking color theory and developed the Knudsen Dual Color Wheel. In 2010, his essay revising the aesthetics of Monroe Beardsley will be published and he will lecture on the topic at the 2010 SECAC conference. He is a regular writer for Professional Artist and theartstory.org on topics of process, design and critical art theory and analysis. Recent work and essays can be seen at www.steveknudsen.com. For online articles by Stephen Knudsen, click here.