Our Instructors

Rosita Gilsenan – Batik and Oil Painting

Rosita Gilsenan was born in Kells, Co Meath Ireland, and studied fine art at the University of London, England. For a period of time, Gilsenan divided her time between residences in New York and Europe, eventually settling in the Hudson Valley region of New York. She currently serves as the principal designer and owner of Gilsenan Designs, Inc. in Warwick, NY.

Her studio practice concentrates on the ancient medium of batik, which she produces mostly on silk, and occasionally on wool or linen. Gilsenan enjoys painting en plein air in both pastel and oils, particularly during her travels to Italy, Ireland and the South of France. She often bases her large scale batiks on these plein air pieces.
Her work has been exhibited in London, New York, and Ireland. She has produced commissioned work for The National Blood Bank of Dublin, and is in the private collection of Lord and Lady Mountcharles, and several other private collections.
Rosita is the recipient of several Best in Show Awards, including the Greenwich Village Art Show and the Brooklyn Heights Prominade Show. She has shown in several group shows throughout New York and Europe, and has had solo exhibitions at Bloomingdale’s Gallery in NY and Port of Call Gallery in Warwick, NY.

Lisa Zukowski – Printmaking and Special Topics

The paintings, prints, mixed media, and assemblage works by Lisa Zukowski utilize both traditional and experimental methods. Zukowski received her degree in painting and printmaking from Brooklyn College,where she served as printer for the Brooklyn College Press. She has worked as a textile colorist, studio assistant, and as a graphic artist.

Zukowski is a two-time recipient of the Charles G. Shaw Memorial Award for Painting, the Brooklyn College Press Printmaking Award, the 2001 Peter Rahill Memorial Award in Graphics, and several awards from local arts organizations, including Orange County Art Federation Artist of the Year in 2006. Lisa teaches printmaking workshops at various locations throughout the year and conducts an annual art holiday in Tuscany, Italy. Lisa’s work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad, and is in several private collections.

Zukowski was born in Brooklyn, and is a resident of Warwick, New York. She currently serves as President of the Warwick Art League. Lisa Zukowski’s work can be viewed at Beacon Artist Union in Beacon, NY, Skylight Gallery in New York, NY, Beacon Art – Shortwave Gallery in Stone Harbor, NJ,  and by appointment at Green Darner Studio.

Susan Hope Fogel – Oil Painting and Pastel

While living in New York City I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to study classical drawing at The New York Academy of Art. The experience changed the course of my art. After completing those studies I went on to the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design to work from live models where my newly gained knowledge enhanced my sensitivity in the fine art of drawing and painting. While there I studied figure painting and portraiture with Harvey Dinnerstein and Ron Sher.

Eventually moving out of the city to Warwick, New York, the beauty of the Hudson Valley captured my attention as I began to paint the rural landscape with my mind’s eye. At the suggestion of a friend I started studying at the Ridgewood Art Institute with master painter/teacher John P. Osborne. John Osborne’s focus on painting principles constantly challenged me toward developing my painter’s eyes. After working in the north-lit studios of the RAI I was attracted to the still life and floral set-ups that were bathed in the magical quality of the silvery north light. Again, my focus shifted for a few years to the still life genre. At this time I have again rekindled my fondness for the landscape, working in plein air, as I also continue to explore the other genres of portrait, still life and floral.

Whether painting a portrait, a bouquet of north-lit flowers, or the landscape, the constant inspiration for me remains the quality of light enveloping the subject. It is this quality that transforms our world, resonates within and inspires this artist to paint the light.

Susan is a member of The Copley Society of Art, The Hudson Valley Art Association, The Pastel Society of America, The Ridgewood Art Institute and The Warwick Art League. She has had a feature article in American Artist Magazine, ‘Painting in North Light’ as well as an article in Art Times reviewing her exhibition at Kenridge F

Linda Richichi – Pastel

Linda Richichi, IPAP, NYPAP

Award winning artist Linda Richichi was born in Montgomery, NY. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz and years of study with many modern masters. In 1999 Richichi received a scholarship from the Pastel Society of America to attend the Art Students League in New York City. Her studies continued under John Osborne in Ridgewood, NJ and Albert Handell’s mentoring program in Taos, New Mexico. She was included in the International Artist Magazine under Master Painters of the World, Pastel Showcase in the Jan. 2005 issue. In the June 2006 issue, Linda’s exhibit at the RiverWinds Gallery was critiqued favorably and written up by art critic Raymond J. Steiner, ART TIMES. The American Artist Magazine included Linda in their article about the new slower drying acrylics.

In Sept. 2006 Richichi was awarded the Best of Show Ontario Purchase Award, at the International Plein Air Painters (I.P.A.P.) Fourth Worldwide Paint Out at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The award winning painting now hangs in the Ontario, Canada City Hall.

Richichi has exhibited extensively including the prestigious National Arts Club in New York City with the Pastel Society of America, a solo exhibit at the Karpeles Library Manuscript Museum in Newburgh, NY and her work has traveled recently around the US and Canada. Linda attends several national invitational plein air events during each year. Her work is in private and corporate collections internationally. She was commissioned by Mercedes Benz Corporation and the Rowley Family Birthing Center at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY commissioned her for an entire collection. Her work is traveling with the World Tour Exhibition titled “Far and Near Horizons” which includes work of 20 Contemporary Landscape Artists selected from the International Plein Air Painters and the Landscape Artists InternationaI organizations. Richichi was the first artist–in–residence at the SUNY Orange at the Newburgh Extension in 2008.

Richichi conducts workshops in the US, Italy, Australia and Paris, France. She is represented by Fieldstone Fine Art in Ramsey, NJ, Woodwalk Gallery in WI and the Icehouse Gallery in McIntosh, FL. She also shows in various galleries in the Hudson Valley Region regularly.

Linda Barboni – Watercolor

Linda says, “Wet-in-wet watercolor technique always produces surprises.  The loose-flowing spontaneity of pigment moving with water is why I fell in love with it 30 years ago.”

After painting in acrylic and oil in the early part of her career, Linda was ready to diversify.  The excitement the medium provides has been a constant inspiration.  A new direction has been the addition of chalk pastels in landscapes worked onto the watercolor surface thus giving a visual sense of luminosity.  Literally, expanding her horizons.

Earning a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC, she freelanced and worked on
staff in the design field concentrating on book design, logo and corporate identity and most recently, interiors.  Linda enjoys sharing her love of painting and has given watercolor workshops at Cornell University and taught for years with galleries in the Hudson Valley.  She is currently teaching Basic Watercolor classes at Red Eft Gallery, Wurtsboro, NY.

Her pieces are included in a number of  private collections in Europe and South America and throughout this country.  An active member of NorthEast Watercolor Society, Garrison Art Center and Pascack Art Association,  Linda demonstrates and exhibits widely and has been in many solo and group showings.  Past exhibits include New York Botanical Gardens, Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center and Applewood Winery in Warwick.

Rose Dwyer – Iyengar Yoga

Rose Dwyer has taught Iyengar Yoga for over ten years in various yoga centers, senior centers, adult education programs and libraries. Ms. Dwyer is founder and director of Iyengar Yoga Center of Warwick. She is certified at the Intermediate Junior 1 level.

Paul Massie – Iyengar Yoga

Paul Massie has trained with Kim Peralta and Rose Dwyer since 2005. He recently passed his teacher in training assessment.