Kimberly Dykes I was inspired at a young age by her mother who would often find inventive ways to be creative. "During second grade one of my classmates had brought in a painting of two red birds that his mom had made. I remember thinking that if his and my Mom could make something like that then I could too." Kimberly took Art throughout school, which mainly began with free handing her favorite subjects such as animals and anime. Through college, Kimberly developed an interest in figural work and mainly enjoyed working on large surfaces with charcoal and acrylics. "I pick people as my subject because I love trying to capture emotion in my work. It's exciting to me when the audience can feel the mood I'm trying to set." Kimberly graduated from William Carey University in 2015 with her B.A. in Art Education. She moved later that year from her home in southern Mississippi to San Antonio, Texas where she completed her first year of teaching Elementary Art. Having recently moved to the area, Kimberly is excited to meet new people and share her skills at Amber's Art Place!
Lindsay Calabrese (Sewing Instructor) is a local designer and seamstress who lives in Crystal Lake with her husband and 4 children. Since receiving her degree in Fashion Design, she has been designing and creating children's clothing, doing clothing alterations, and teaching homeschool sewing classes. She is excited to share her skills and teach here at Amber's Art Place.
Caitlin Rausch(Watercolor, Drawing, Oil Painting, Pet Portraits)
Caitlin is a a biomedical illustrator from Lake in the Hills, Illinois. She graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design and Michigan State University in 2016 with a degree in Medical Illustration. Her professional work covers anything and everything scientific and medical, as she has always had an intense interest in these subjects. Her favorite part about working with science and art is learning something new for every project she creates. When she isn’t making diagrams or figures, she loves illustrating wildlife and is inspired by nature, color, and animals. Birds are her favorite animal to observe and paint, and watercolor and pen are her favorite media to use; however, she also enjoys the capabilities of digital art. Caitlin often uses Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and sometimes some digital 3D modeling in Zbrush. She’s always experimenting to find new ways to create!
Ally Irsay: Co-Director, teacher, Printmaking, Acrylic Painting, Furniture Refurbishing & Chalk painting, Paint Party facilitator)
"Ally comes to Ambers Art Studio as a life long artist. She received her first set of acrylic paint over 20 years ago and has experiece with a number of different arts and crafts styles. Ally has taken multiple art classes in high school, college and beyond and has done a number of works in acrylic, oil and water color paints, chalk and oil pastels and is currently focusing on linoleum block printing, furniture chalking & mixed media. Ally owns her own Etsy shop and sells her block prints as greeting cards at Conscious Cup Coffee in Crystal Lake. She is excited to host upcoming workshops and classes and share the joy of art with others!" Ally is now the director of all Paint & Pour Parties and has a great following!