Our Teachers

Meet Our Incredible Teachers:

JUDY BALES

Judy is a Missouri native who attended the Kansas City Art Institute and received a Bachelor of Fine arts in Painting and Printmaking. She moved to Tampa a little over 21 years ago to accept a job offer as a Graphic Designer for a Tampa company, and is still employed in the Marketing Department. Over the years she has been involved in various art shows throughout the Tampa Bay area and has received awards for her detailed etchings and linoleum block prints.

TONA BELL

Tona Bell, proprietress of The Paper Seahorse, has always had a passion for all things paper, packaging, writing and making.  All through her successful career in public relations, marketing and creative services, she found new and exciting ways to use paper. She used hand-written, stamped letters to 100 specific people as a very personal way to launch a successful marketing company. In her18 years as President of that company, Tricycle Studios, she continued to encourage the use of handwritten letters.  With The Paper Seahorse, her dream has come true to share these creative pursuits with others.  She hopes to inspire people to follow their dreams and make the world a lovelier, more thoughtful place.

JULIE CLARKE

Julie is a lively creative spirit who does it all: from knitting to crochet, jewelry to pottery and more.  Owner and creative vision for Beadlejules, Julie ran Tampa’s premier beading shop for 10 years.  After taking some time to get married and make her greatest creative production, daughter Amelie, we are so lucky Julie is back inspiring us all.

JENNI GLASER

Jenni Glaser grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and has lived in Tampa since 1986.  She received a BFA from Tulane University and a MEd from the University of Missouri.  She has taught art in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, is the mother of four, and currently is creating art in the medium of clay and fiber. 

LEO GOMEZ

Leo Gomez is a designer and hand lettering artist based in St. Pete Fl. You'll often him working on fun hand lettering projects for menus, t-shirts, signs and wall murals. Leo loves teaching what it means to be a hand lettering artist and how you can make a career of doing what you love. You can see his work on Instagram and Website . When Leo is not working on something cool, he loves to spend the day with his bulldog puppy Luna.

JENIPHER LYN GALLARDO

Jenipher Lyn is a self-taught artist who believes the more genuine encouragement in the world, the better! Her goal in life is to inspire as many girls and women that they are not alone! She accomplishes this with whimsical illustrations and vulnerably humorous articles.  She is the owner of Nightly Doodles and wrote and illustrated an encouraging book for girls (Crown Pub. May 2018!). She’s worked with amazing clients such as:  Design House Greetings, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Recycled Paper Greetings, and Girls on the Run.  She can be found drawing and eating cupcakes in the middle of Florida with her amazing husband and giant cat, Baby. www.jenipherlyn.com

PATTI INGENERI

Patricia Ingegneri is a transplanted New Yorker who had been an RN for going on 30 years.  She received her BSN from Pace University in NYC.  Hobbies are how she keeps her sanity in such a stressful profession.  She’s dabbled in beaded jewelry, pottery, mosaics and spindle spinning. Her current passions are knitting, spinning, and recently happy mail, fauxdoris and junk journaling.  She loves the crinkly sound of paper!

AMANDA KAMMARADA

Amanda is a wife and mom of two. She is the designer behind Amanda Kammarada Hand Lettering, which specializes in hand lettered art and design that hopes to bring inspiration, happiness and joy. Art has always been a part of her life but didn’t find her love of hand lettering until 2015. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, going to Universal Orlando and DIYs. She loves Harry Potter, coffee and chocolate.

NATASHA LUE

Natasha is the creator and working hands behind Everything So Pretty products. Her handmade affair came about as an escape from the stress of corporate life. She quickly realized balance and peace of mind can be triggered by different mindful emotions through our sense of sight, touch and smell.  Seeing, touching and smelling anything pretty can elicit positive energy.  Everything So Pretty creates items that inspire wellness through our senses. Follow her on Instagram: @everythingsopretty_esp

TERI NAVAJO

Teri Navajo is in fact Native American and a Florida Native (yes, they exist). While she is not from the Navajo tribe, the Navajo is a collection of people that she identifies with due to their love of nature as well as aesthetically in their artwork and jewelry making. Her passion is to create, connect and coach. She loves hanging out with my fellow artist tribe but finds it really amazing when she has the opportunity to work with someone who feels intimidated by art or who may have never picked up a paint brush or sketchbook in their life and help them take a journey that shows them just how creative they are.

JULIO RAMOS

Julio Ramos is an art director and self taught lettering enthusiast for over 10 years. He currently labors as the creative director for Creative Loafing Tampa. Julio also does brand identity and illustration work on his free time where he incorporates his passion for typography and letterforms. You could see some of Julio's work at www.studiografiko.com

RISHA ROA

Risha is a DIY enthusiast and Calligrapher. “Before I buy it – can I make it?” is one of her life’s mottos and it’s a catalyst that led her to pursue calligraphy. She has experience with both Copperplate and modern calligraphy. Risha loves using this lettering craft on just about everything from custom invitations, cards, signs to digital design to Cinco de Mayo table runners --- you name it, she will find a way to write on it. She believes that handwritten or handmade elements truly make any gift, celebration, design or touch in life special and so much more unique.  You can find her bumbling around with her pointed pen and Shiba Inu sidekick, Cubby, on her Instagram @rrisha.

RANDY ROSENTHAL

Randy Rosenthal is an artist/entrepreneur.  As co-founder and Creative Director of Tricycle Studios, he advises business leaders at some of the world’s best-known brands like Johnson & Johnson, and Olympus on customer engagement strategies. He is very excited to bring these proven techniques to the local creative business community. Randy brings his signature “human-centered” approach to all of his wildly different endeavors like stand-up comedy, hypnosis, and filmmaking. Most recently, Randy curates and restores vintage typewriters, making them available for use at events, rental or to have for your very own.  www.tampatype.com

MICHAEL SULL

Michael Sull is widely regarded as America’s most significant living Master Penman. A former Lettering Artist for Hallmark Cards and personal calligrapher for President Ronald Reagan, Mr. Sull is credited as being the individual responsible for re-introducing our nation’s heritage of handwriting to today’s generations of students, both here in America and around the world. He is the author of several books that are considered to be modern classics in the field of Handwriting, including “Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship”, and “American Cursive Handwriting”. As an instructor, he has conducted classes in over 40 states and a dozen foreign countries; more than any other penman in American history. He is the founder of the Spencerian Saga workshop program (now in its 31st year), and was the designer and director of the Spencerian Monument for American Handwriting. He is a past President of the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH), and founded that organization’s Master Penman program, serving as its director for 15 years. Currently he serves as Corporate Master Penman for the Zaner-Bloser Company, and as Academic Director for the Ink Academy educational center. His Penmanship artwork can be found in private collections throughout the world. www.spencerian.com

TAMMY WRIGHT

Since childhood, Tammy Wright has loved all things paper including stationery, journals and paperback books. She even studied paper making in school and currently holds a bachelors degree in Pulp and Paper Science. For 15 years she worked in various engineering and project management roles for the paper industry. Since leaving the industry in 2013, she has shared her love of paper by leading workshops on letter writing and running her YouTube channel, Paper Tams and Instagram: @papertams where she talks about snail mail, journaling, paper crafts and books.