Michael Craig Carrier is a self taught artist of Anglo/Hispanic heritage. His family was a group of highly creative individuals, whose encouragement inspired him to develop my own artistic voice. He has worked in various LA area galleries including Sunyata Gallery and Don O' Melveny Gallery. He works as an artist maintaining studios Cedarpines Park, and Temecula CA and also works as a Licensed Painting Contractor. His Eco Art has been seen in over 2 dozen solo exhibitions and over a 100 group shows. Widely collected, his work has earned several awards, as well as two Museum Residencies. 

Charlotte Carpentier is a Certified Zentangle Teacher in Temecula, California. She loves to do lots of things…quilt, knit, and make books and art. She knows that feeding the creative side of your brain is important to staying sane, but we all suffer from self-doubt and overwhelm at times, and that keeps us from being everything we have the potential to be.  Check out her website atwww.charkatscreativeinsanity.comType your paragraph here.

Multimedia artist, Angela Briggs creates personal shrines/spirit dolls, masks, prints, artist books, assemblage, instruments and public art. Signature pieces in Briggs repertoire of art to wear include her one of a kind Khatiti JuJu bags and jewelry, generally made from gourds, coconut shells, leather, bone, fiber and copper.  Her art was placed at the tomb of Kushite nobleman, Karakhamun on the West Bank of Luxor, Egypt. Over the past 45 years, Angela has worked with K-12 students and adults with disabilities, creating workshops that teach the history and traditions of African, Native American and Asian cultures at several school sites.  

Pierre Mainguene is a Temecula artist painting with oils. He uses the usual subjects for his art: landscapes, still lifes, etc., But he particularly loves following in the footsteps of great masters and getting his inspiration from them. There is nothing like painting a Van Gogh or a Modigliani and being able to admire first-hand the genius of the great master hanging on your own wall. He enjoys doing portraits, but also keeps trying various styles. Art is a constantly evolving activity for Pierre. Trying new and different compositions is what keeps things interesting for him. 

Wendy Hammarstrom has been involved in the art of mandala making since the 1970s when she ran a dance company in Philadelphia and taped mandala designs on the floor.  More recently she has been creating mandala coloring cards for children,  teaching in Escondido elementary schools and other venues, as well as creating on-site installations using rocks she finds locally. Her book Circles of Healing, The Complete Guide to Healing with Massage and Yoga includes her mandala images, and Circles of Healing Book 2 will feature her designs as well as her flower (mandala) photography.

LINDA STEWART, Treasurer, has served as a member of the Dorland board since 2012.  Ms. Stewart is a travel and food writer, with memberships in the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association.  As a former resident of the Pacific Northwest, she was an active volunteer and fundraiser for the Parry Center for Children Women's Auxiliary.  While living in the greater Washington, D.C. area, Ms. Stewart was President of the National Guard Bureau OSC, which assists and supports military families and veterans, and provides college scholarships for military dependents. Art (painting and music) has been her avocation and she has been captivated by the inspirational beauty and the enchanting serenity of the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. 

Jenny Gagnon is a first-grade teacher with 35 experience. She has always felt there was an artistic side to her life. For many years, she played classical guitar, until stopped by arthritis. She experimented with different hobbies, including learning Spanish and gardening. Since taking a class on gourd decorating in 2012, she has been inspired to work non-stop on improving her art. Her style focuses on turning her gourds into boxes that are artistic on the outside, with lids that are not always obvious. Her sources of inspiration include nature and the abstract. In her latest endeavors, she has used gourds to make musical instruments such as drums, rattles and guiros. She is grateful for the continual support of her family, especially her daughter Valerie, and Art, her partner of many years.

Carol Wiggins- Shiffer began her watercolor journey after retirement and has never stopped painting or looking for great teachers to expand her knowledge. As she and her husband travel around the country in their motor home Carol finds talented artist in virtually every state to paint alongside. She is not afraid to try new watercolor ideas and loves painting people's precious pets.

Barbara DeMarco-Barrettis founder and host of "Writers on Writing," which airs every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. PT on KUCI-FM. She's author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within (Harcourt) and has stories in Orange County Noir and USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series. She's also written essays and articles for the Los Angeles Times, Poets & Writers, The Writer, Writers' Digest, The Authors Guild Bulletin, Orange Coast magazine and more. She teaches an online class for Gotham Writers Workshop, and two private workshops in Southern California where she lives with her husband and son, both musicians, and 13 typewriters, and counting.  

Katinka Clementsmith works in two very distinct artistic styles. The offbeat, colorful portraits of her “Imaginary Friends,” series emphasis the uniqueness of individual personalities. The evocative, but simplistic “Silhouette Series,” tell stories with minimal detail.  Both series are expressive and use color as a means to communicate mood.  Katinka works in oil, acrylic and watercolor, often including mixed media. 

Elissa Lieberman is a San Diego Based painter and owner of the San Diego Art Loft, a teaching studio in San Diego. Elissa received her M.F.A from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002. She taught painting, drawing, and design at many colleges and universities as well as local studios and ateliers. Elissa managed the Art School for the San Diego Museum of Art in 2007/2008. Elissa opened the San Diego Art loft in 2015. A solo project, it was nominated in the top 5 art schools in San Diego by San Diego City Beat Magazine. Elissa’s paintings and drawings are loosely autobiographical. Her writing practice informs contemporary narratives and portraiture that offer her a subject matter that connects deeply with viewers. 


When you see a photograph, you are looking through the eyes of the artist at a singular place and time.  Never to be exactly duplicated again.John Mazurek brings you the world through his eyes as you share the joy of nature, the treasure of a new location or the delight of a unique face. He began as a photographer as a young teen with his first 35mm camera. He learned the hidden secrets of the darkroom as the first image developed before him. After many years and thousands of images, he found a new way to express his art. The power of the computer finally balanced the capacity of film to accurately capture an image. Digital photography allows John the immediacy of the Polaroid and control and versatility unknown in traditional film technologies. Finally, with Photoshop he has a virtual "darkroom" to compose photos and create a final work of art. Digital photography has renewed this old photographer’s passion for his work and added years of enjoyment to his craft.

Jenny Gagnon is a first-grade teacher with 35 experience. She has always felt there was an artistic side to her life. For many years, she played classical guitar, until stopped by arthritis. She experimented with different hobbies, including learning Spanish and gardening. Since taking a class on gourd decorating in 2012, she has been inspired to work non-stop on improving her art. Her style focuses on turning her gourds into boxes that are artistic on the outside, with lids that are not always obvious. Her sources of inspiration include nature and the abstract. In her latest endeavors, she has used gourds to make musical instruments such as drums, rattles and guiros. She is grateful for the continual support of her family, especially her daughter Valerie, and Art, her partner of many years.