Meet the current Open Ground Studios Instructors
Denese moved to Monterey from Minneapolis in 2003. She studied printmaking at UW-Madison, in Paris at Atelier 17 and later went on to get her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sanders artwork is driven by the human experience of relationship; with the self, our family and our environment. She uses whatever media will best serve her ideas, from mixed media to books, drawing, painting and printmaking. Sanders work has been exhibited in the Midwest and California. She has over 20 years teaching experience in college, university, and fine art school settings. She founded OGS in 2013, and is delighted to be able to mentor artists and creative adults of all backgrounds in their creative-life journey. Denese's website
Paul Richmond is an internationally recognized visual artist and activist whose career has included exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States, as well as publication in numerous art journals and anthologies. His work, which seeks to challenge social constructs and invite understandings beyond the immediate surface, is collected by individuals from around the globe. Paul is co-founder of the You Will Rise Project, an organization that empowers those who have experienced bullying to speak out creatively through the language, visual, and performing arts. Paul's website
Katie Crawford - Visiting Artist
Katie holds a Bachelors of Science degree from James Madison University where she studied anthropology and art history. Art has always been her passion - so after graduating she became a self-taught professional artist. Her work is represented by galleries in NC, CA and VA and is included in private collections throughout the world. OGS is excited to have Katie rejoin our crew of artists for one week this summer as a visiting artist from the East Coast. We are delighted to have this gifted illustrator, artist and maker of "the little things" come back to Monterey for a visit and to share her amazing skills with us. We will also host a pop-up exhibit for Katie including an artist's talk. Visit her website here.
Erin Hunter is a trained science illustrator with a background in graphic design. She splits her work between fine art paintings depicting the natural world, and technical illustrations for an academic science journal (Annual Reviews). Her personal work focuses on the interactions between plants and animals, with a special interest in plant-pollinator relationships. She also teaches the occasional weekend workshop, giving classes in natural history, drawing, and painting. Erin's website
Alyssa M. Endo
Alyssa graduated from University of Santa Cruz in 2013 with a BA in Art. In 2014 she started her Beauty Series, a collection of 18x24 inch color reduction woodcut prints exploring the relationship between traditional Japanese imagery and more contemporary color schemes. This series was selected by the Monterey Museum of Art for a solo exhibition in 2018 during the " Year of the Woman." Alyssa has been a fulltime artist member at Open Ground Studios since 2013. Alyssa's website
Robert has been drawing and painting since the age of six. He loves to create multilayered,
representational work that intrigues him based on his various personal feelings of the subject matter.
Robert is often inspired to create art based on his past and present life experiences and interests. He
loves to draw and paint portraits of people, wildlife, cityscapes and landscapes.
A Montana native and professionally trained in Fine Art and Illustration from the Academy of Art
University in San Francisco. For the past five years, Robert has lived in Carmel Valley and Pacific Grove,
California where he continues to create one art project after another. His work has been juried and
selected for exhibition in a number of local venues, including The Sunset Center, The John
Steinbeck Center, Open Ground Studios, The Monterey Rock and Roll Experience and The Monterey
Fairgrounds. He also works as a part-time painting instructor and sells his work to collectors worldwide. Robert recently released his debut series of oil paintings titled, Eternal Magic - The Italian Summer Collection.