THE AUTHOR of two books, a video series and CO-host of an instructional painting pilot filmed for public television, Mr. Garden has been featured on national television and prestigious newspapers through the U.S. As a farm boy in West Virginia, Robert began painting at the age of seven. He used his mother’s cosmetics and colorful berry juices for paint. His canvases were window shades and scrap materials. His first brushes were made from the hair of his cat and dog’s tails. His first painting was sold at a sidewalk art show in Wheeling, West Virginia, for $80.00 when he was eight years old. Robert Garden has since continued to conduct painting workshops, touring throughout the United States and many foreign countries.
Susan is an award-winning artist, muralist and member of the Irving Art Association and the National Speakers Association. Susan has been the featured guest on live television and with Robert Garden has produced and developed a unique line of art education materials including books, videos and art supplies as well as co-hosted an educational television series entitled “You Can Paint”. Susan loves painting on location and offers painting cruises for her students, ages 5 to 105, and to the Padre Island gulf coast every October. While oil is Susan’s favorite medium she also specializes in teaching oil, watercolor, oil pastels and charcoal. Last summer the Garden’s and their certified instructors taught over 1,000 children in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to paint in “Adventures in Art Camps”.
Pamela Smith was fortunate enough to take an oil painting class many years ago with an instructor, Susan Garden. After her first oil painting lesson, Pam found her true passion and has been hooked on painting ever since. Recently Pam completed a instructor training program under Master Artist, Robert Garden, earning her position as a Robert Garden Certified Instructor.
Pam says “your ability to create is 90% desire! I love teaching students of all ages and watching their smiles as they admire their creations and realize they too can paint. I am currently expanding my business to include You Can Paint studio classes, private lessons, art camps for children, and corporate team building”. Pam knows something about corporate team building serving as Senior Manager of Verizon Wireless for over 15 years. “I cherish the time I spent motivating people in business but it left me mentally exhausted with little time for family or creativity” she recalls.
Pam has been married for 25+ years, has 4 children and 4 grandchildren who she enjoys spending time with as well as sharing her other favorite hobbies of camping and fishing. Pam looks forward to her new life sharing her passion for art and teaching “You Can Paint”.