Board Members

Officers

S. Kay Burnett - President

S. Kay Burnett worked in the computer industry for thirty-four years. During that time, she worked as a scientific programmer, developed interactive software for children, and wrote online documentation. She’s published and presented scientific papers, been a guest artist at the CSU Summer Arts program teaching interactive creative writing, and taught several interactive multimedia workshops.

In 2013, Kay began pursuing her love of art and creative writing full-time. She’s the author and illustrator for “Emails From Paris,” a digital memoir/art book that includes over thirty encaustic illustrations, and co-author and illustrator of “A Gargoyle in Paris,” a children’s picture book illustrated with encaustic sculptures. The original artwork in both of these books were featured in her solo exhibition of encaustic paintings and sculptures at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

You can view her work at: www.southofharmony.com


Lyn Belisle - Vice President

Lyn Belisle is a teacher, artist, designer, and writer. She began her career in art education with at-risk students and was recognized for her work in integrating Art and Technology in Special Education. Lyn recently retired from the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Trinity University where she taught design and essential technology skills. She now works full time at her studio in San Antonio, primarily in fiber, earthenware, and encaustic. She also teaches nationally, most recently in Santa Fe, Truro, and Washington State. 

Her online workshops and interactive e-books cover an eclectic array of creative topics. Her work has appeared in IEA’s Wax Fusion, in the digital exhibition catalog of Vignettes in Wax and Words, and in the Winter 2020 Issue of Encaustic Arts Magazine. Lyn has had six one-person gallery exhibits since 2011. Her work can be found at The Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe and in the San Antonio Art League & Museum as well as in numerous private collections.

You can view her work at: www.lynbelisle.com/


Mary Jo Reutter - Treasurer

While other kids dreamed of being a rock star or astronaut, Mary Jo Reutter dreamed of the day when she would see one of her own creations on a shelf in the toy store. Mary Jo works as a toy & game inventor and designer with more than 20 years of experience in creating board games, video games, novelty items and interactive media. Her company, You-Betcha Interactive specializes in development, and primarily licenses concepts to larger companies who produce and market the items. Several of her games have won awards, and  Mary Jo herself was awarded the industry 2010 TAGIE Game Inventor of the Year award. If you want to play along, she recommends “Even Steven’s Odd” for the family, or if you’re looking for something more “adult,” check out “Midnight Outburst.” Because – everyone needs to play more!

Mary Jo has always been interested in working with new materials. To her excitement, in 2015 she discovered Encaustics. In her professional work she is constantly on the lookout for innovation and new ways to create. As a visual artist, she never before felt a kinship to any particular medium, outside of the computer. With her discovery of encaustics, she felt an instant love, and knew (as far as an art medium goes) she had finally found “the one.”

Instagram:  MJ_Reutter

Rhonda Raulston: Secretary

Rhonda Raulston is a Los Angeles based encaustic and oil painter who teaches encaustic painting workshops and regularly exhibits in galleries. Long familiar with the encaustic paintings in European museums, Rhonda finally took an intensive weeklong R&F Paints encaustic workshop in 2004 and now devotes her studio time to encaustic and cold wax painting.  She brings her experience as the WebManager and website designer as well as her 15-year tenure on the Pasadena Society of Artists' Board of Directors, to the IEA in support of their mission to encourage and support encaustic artists around the world.  She is a member of IEA and the Pasadena Society of Artists. 

  You can view her work at www.RhondaRaulston.com       Facebook.com/RaulstonART    Instagram:  RaulstonART



Directors

Michelle Robinson - Exhibitions Director 

Michelle Robinson received her Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1991 from Texas A&M University and continued with graduate studies at Texas A&M’s program in Visualization, producing animated short films that were shown at the Walker Art Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, Imagina in Monaco, and The AFI National Video Festival. She has been an artist with Walt Disney Animation Studios for 25 years.  

Michelle Robinson also maintains a personal studio practice, and her current work is a mix of analog and digital approaches, producing physical pieces that examine the home and the domestic as an uncanny space. She recently completed her MFA in Visual Art at New Hampshire Institute of Art and exhibited her thesis body of work at the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, New Hampshire. 

You can view her work at http://www.michellerobinson.org/

  Melissa Lackman - Grants Director

Melissa Morton Lackman grew up surrounded by artists and musicians and has always loved fine art. She took a B.A. in Art fromSeattle Pacific University in 1977, before turning to a career in law. After earning her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 1981, she was a full-time litigator for 11 years. She has been directly involved in nonprofit management at the board level since approximately 1995, serving a variety of organizations, both local and national. In addition to her studio practice, she has passion for children’s mental health, children’s arts education, music, language learning, and travel.

You can view her work at: www.melissalackman.com


Regina C. Quinn - Social Media Director

Regina holds a Special Studies in Fine Arts bachelor’s degree from Trinity College where she received the Peyser Art Award, first prize and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Vermont. She has designed and painted sets for several Lyric Theater productions at Burlington, Vermont’s Flynn Theater for the Performing Arts and has worked as a muralist, graphic designer, and educator for 35 years. Regina is dedicated to sparking students’ creativity, innovation, and passion for environmental stewardship.

You can view her work at:  https://reginabquinn.net/


Melissa Stephens - Membership Director 

Melissa Stephens is an artist, encaustic instructor, arts advocate, senior artist business coach and web designer. She added curator to her resume when she founded Hope Lives: Art for ALS, an educational fundraising exhibition at the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery in May 2021. She received a BA in Art from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA, and continues her arts education through various workshops and specialized instruction. In 1998, she worked at the Minnesota State Arts Board while kick-starting her career as a printmaker. Melissa served on the Minneapolis Arts Commission, volunteered at arts organizations large and small and co-founded the North Minneapolis Roundtable, an open discussion group with guest speakers. 

While living in Seattle, Melissa restructured a volunteer based elementary school program called, Art Imagination, to better serve its volunteers and elevate the art making experience for students. Melissa currently exhibits her work nationally and internationally, and teaches over 20 different encaustic classes from her studio in Walnut Creek, CA. A few of her other volunteer positions include: President and Social Media Chair at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA, Exhibition Committee at the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, art teacher with the Bedford Gallery’s Art in a Suitcase program and IEA Pinterest Team.

You can view her work at https://www.mascreations.com/


Rhonda Raulston: Tech Director

Rhonda Raulston is a Los Angeles based encaustic and oil painter who teaches encaustic painting workshops and regularly exhibits in galleries. Long familiar with the encaustic paintings in European museums, Rhonda finally took an intensive weeklong R&F Paints encaustic workshop in 2004 and now devotes her studio time to encaustic and cold wax painting.  She brings her experience as the WebManager and website designer as well as her 15-year tenure on the Pasadena Society of Artists' Board of Directors, to the IEA in support of their mission to encourage and support encaustic artists around the world.  She is a member of IEA and the Pasadena Society of Artists. 

  You can view her work at www.RhondaRaulston.com       Facebook:   RaulstonART    Instagram:  RaulstonART

Paul Kline  - Member at Large

For me the act of painting is all important: How my body moves affects what I create. Do I use my hand and arm, or do I use the movement of my entire body? I find a painting develops, much like a dance, from one action to the next and the next and so on. I prefer to work rapidly and spontaneously rather than planning my steps ahead of time.

I have been most influenced by Abstract Expressionism and German Expression from the pulse and visual movement of expressionism. I have been painting for more than 50 years, and painting still remains a mystery to me: Filtered through every painting I ever made, culled from every bit of knowledge of color and design, what still emerges is something unique every time.

You can view his work at:  https://www.paulklineart.com/

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