Board Members


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:

  Melissa Lackman - Vice President

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:

Michelle Robinson - Treasurer

Michelle received her Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1991 from Texas A&M University and continued on to study photography, video, and computer animation at Texas A&M's graduate program in Visualization. During that time she produced animated short films that were shown internationally in such venues as the Walker Art Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She has been an artist with Walt Disney Animation Studios for over 20 years.

In contrast to her work for Disney, her recent personal artwork is mostly analog, consisting of wet darkroom photography, collage, printmaking and encaustic. Thematically, her art seeks to find a narrative in the tension between the natural and the man-made.

Paul Kline - Secretary

Paul Kline comes from a family of artists and has a BFA and MFA in painting. Paul was a Fulbright Scholar to Poland, where he taught and finished his Doctoral research in art history. He has taught both studio art and art history, worked for the federal government for seventeen years in Washington, DC, was the Executive Assistant to the Director of the Guggenheim Museum, and after retiring, focuses on his artwork as well as occasionally teaches or lectures privately.

The Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, MA, represents Paul, and his work is held in many private and public collections in the U.S. and Europe. He currently lives in Miami, FL.

You can see Paul’s work on his website,, and on Cortile Gallery's website,


Flo Bartell - Education Director and Grants Coordinator

Flo Bartell began private art study at age ten. Though her passion for art continued, she pursued a career in education and mental health. After many years working in those disciplines, she opened a needlework business, taught needle arts, and designed children’s clothing, quilts, embroidery, and needlepoint. She also began to study art again.

Now Flo divides her time between family, music, creating, and teaching. Flo currently enjoys expressing her view of the world through the texture and intense colors possible with encaustic - wax, resin, and pigments. 

Flo is a member of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, The Painters Group, Morro Bay Art Association, and International Encaustic Artists. She is a gallery artist at Art Central Gallery in San Luis Obispo.

You can view her work at:

Liz Hampton-Derivan - Exhibitions Director 

Liz Hampton Derivan has been a photographer for 20+ years. In 2009, she began working more with mixed media, experimenting with photography, computer manipulated imagery, and encaustic. She enjoys contemporary photo-technology and the hands-on working with the seductive wax medium, which dates back to Greco-Roman Egypt, 1st century BC. Then she enhances with other art mediums – usually a spontaneous event, unplanned and often with unexpected, delightful results for the finished art piece. 

Liz received a B.A. degree in Art History from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.   She studied photography at Portfolio Center: School for Advertising, Design & Photography in Atlanta, GA.  She also studied art at the University of Perugia in Perugia, Italy. In recent years, she has studied with several encaustic artists in Arizona and New York.

Her work has been exhibited in one-person and group shows in the U.S., Japan and Europe. Liz’s artwork is in several museum collections and numerous private collections.  Her style is soft, ethereal, nostalgic, romantic and sensual, or sometimes displays a sense of humor. The artist describes herself as rather shy and introspective.  Her art is her passion and means of expressing her innermost self.  The artist currently resides in Morro Bay, California with her husband Mike and cat, Tigger. They recently moved to California from southern Arizona.

You can see her work at: Hampton-Derivan/

Shary Bartlett - Co-Director: Social Media 

Shary Bartlett’s encaustic and mixed media paintings and sculptures are held in public and private collections in Canada and the US.  She teaches art internationally and nationally at Capilano University, Langara College and Red Deer College. Her encaustic mixed media work and techniques are published in the books, Encaustic Art in the 21st Century and Encaustic Revelation, and in numerous magazines.  Shary’s curated encaustic wax pigments sets are available through Enkaustikos Paints.

Shary lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Her contributions to the Board of the IEA are in appreciation for all she has received from the organization and reflect her desire to support artists from around the world who, like her, are passionate about encaustic.

You can view her work at:
nstagram:  SharyBartlett/    and 
YouTube video

Shari Lyon - Co-Director: Social Media

Shari Lyon paints with beeswax!  Shari also incorporates the use of oil paints, pan pastels, oil sticks, and drawings. She loves the smell of the melted beeswax that fills her studio! Shari is often drawn to the imagery and symbolism of trees, but she often plays with other themes that are important to her as well, beautiful loose landscapes, and women’s themes are common imagery she works with.  

Shari was the recipient of the 2017 International Encaustic Association Emerging Artist Scholarship. Her pieces can be found in private collections in Canada, Arizona, Utah, California, Texas and Georgia and Croatia. 

You can view her work at:          
Instagram:  ShariLyonArt/

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 painting.  She brings her experience as the WebManager and website designer as well as her 12-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    Instagram:  RaulstonART


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