Faculty & Alumni



Hope Railey

Chair of Fine Arts

MFA | Academy of Art


Hope Railey was born in New Orleans and graduated with an MFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco before training with Glen Orbik at CAI. She then taught beginning drawing and painting at the Academy while participating in numerous group and two person shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles before relocating to Southern California.  She has become a respected teacher and artist in the academic fine arts world and has been included in todays top fine art exhibitions featuring academic works. Her work has been exhibited throughout California and is held in Fine Art Collections throughout the country. “As a painter, I have continually returned to the figure as the main vehicle in my work. I have found there always to be further discoveries to be made, both technically and conceptually. I am grounded in classical principles and historical perspective, which has allowed me freedom in my work. This has been my most cherished reward as a representational artist, and is what I hope to share with my students.”


Betty Shelton

Chair of Post-Baccalaureate



I obtained my BA and MA degrees in Drawing and Painting, graduating with honors, from California State University at Fullerton. After receiving my MFA degree, I was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Project Award in the College of the Arts at California State University at Long Beach, and I was selected as the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Visiting Artist in 1987. I’ve taught and traveled through out the western states, and Europe. I’ve been on the faculty at the University of Texas in San Antonio, University of Denver, Metropolitan State College, Arapahoe College, Irvine Valley College, and California State University at Fullerton University. I began teaching at Laguna College of Art & Design in 1995, and I’ve served as Interim Dean and Chair of the Drawing and Painting Department. Currently I teach full time, I’m the Chair of the Post-Baccalaureate Program, and I’m the Director of the European Summer Program. I’ve taken our students to Italy, France, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Holland and Greece. My realistic figurative paintings continue to be inspired by my yearly pilgrimages to the great museums of the world. Among the many master artists who’ve motivated me are Caravaggio, Rubens, Michelangelo, and Tiepolo. The small-scale, intimate and detailed paintings of Vermeer, and Rogier van der Weden are also very influential on my work. Since the 1980’s, my artwork has received awards and been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States. In addition to teaching, I’m currently working on commissioned portraits, and maintaining a studio in the historic “Ice House” in Orange. I feel blessed to be able to share my experience and skills with my students at LCAD.


Scott Hess

Full Time Faculty

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Austria

Baltimore, Maryland, was the city of my birth in 1955, but I never really lived there. I began to draw intensely at the age of seven after my parents divorce in Florida, and continued that practice growing up in a small Wisconsin town. My Bachelor of Science in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977) was for drawing and printmaking. Attracted by the intense psychological content and technical skill displayed by artists in Prague and Vienna, I moved to the Austrian capital in 1978, attending the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts for five-and-a-half years.  There I learned Old Master painting techniques, studied paint chemistry, drew thousands of figure drawings from life, and completed a year-long course at the Anatomy Institute.  Vienna hosted my first solo exhibition in 1979, quickly followed by exhibitions in Austria, Germany and France. In 1981 I received one of Austria’s most prestigious awards for artists, the Theodor Koerner Award.  By 1984 I had moved to my current home of Los Angeles and in 1985 had my first American solo exhibition, followed by of over one hundred group and solo exhibitions, including venues in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  My work is included in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Oakland Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institute, among others.  In 1990 I received a Western States Art Federation award, and in 1991 a J. Paul Getty Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship. Funds from the latter allowed me to live in Post-Revolutionary Iran for one year in 1992-93. The national tour of a massive six-year project, The Paternal Suit: Heirlooms from the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation, was launched in 2012 at the Halsey Institute in Charleston, SC, and will end at the Long Beach Museum of Art in 2014. A career survey of works will be published in 2014, accompanied by an exhibit at multiple venues.  I am represented by Hirschl and Adler Modern in New York and Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles.


Jonathan Burke

President of LCAD

BFA Kansas | MFA Boston University

Hello, I’m Jonathan Burke, President of LCAD. I earned my BFA in painting from Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from Boston University. Additionally I studied at Skowhegan and the New York Studio School in New York and Paris. I’ve been full-time faculty at LCAD since 1985. Though I’m involved in the administration of the BFA and MFA I continue to paint, teach and occasionally exhibit. I am completely devoted to creating the best representational drawing, painting and sculpture program. It’s an honor to be associated with faculty that care deeply about the tradition of representation and students that found this unique drawing and painting major.



Robin Fuld

Director of Career Services

BA University of Massachusetts


Robin Fuld has taught the Professional Studies Class, the business of art, to LCAD’s Fine Artists for 11 years. In addition, 8 years ago she began her role as Director of Career Services. She transitioned to this new position after a 22 year career of professional experience in the visual arts. Robin holds a BA in Education from the University of Massachusetts. Her background includes extensive experience in corporate and residential art consulting and gallery management in prominent art regions, including Vail, Los Angeles, Palm Desert and Laguna Beach. She is a past president of First Thursdays Art Walk in Laguna Beach and created the first student mentoring program effectively partnering Laguna Beach galleries as mentors with senior college students at the Laguna College of Art & Design She also gives her time to other nonprofit organizations dedicated to enriching people’s lives through art by volunteering her time to promote art education and appreciation.


Brittany Ryan

Adjunct Faculty | Sculpture Coordinator

MFA | Laguna College of Art + Design


Born in 1983 in San Diego, California, Brittany Ryan received her formal education at the Laguna College of Art and Design. Graduating in 2005 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, majoring in Illustration and a minor in Sculpture. After working as an illustrator for two years Brittany began work toward her Masters of Fine Art in drawing and painting, at the same institution. In 2008 Brittany had the opportunity to study portrait painting at Florence Academy, in Florence, Italy. She graduated in the spring of 2010 with a MFA, culminating with her show “The Dress Makes The Girl”. Brittany currently lives and works in Southern California and is periodically involved in group shows and is an instructor at Laguna College of Art + Design. She is available for commissioned sculpture and painting.



James Galindo

Part Time Faculty | Foundations Coordinator

MFA | Laguna College of Art + Design

James Galindo (b. 1983) is an emerging young artist from Palm Springs, California. He received his Master of Fine Art Degree from Laguna College of Art + Design in 2009 and now teaches drawing and painting courses at various colleges and ateliers in Southern California. He has been the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards including the “La Quinta Arts Foundation Scholarship,” the FRyan Ramirez Memorial Scholarship,” “Best of Junior Fine Art” at Laguna College of Art + Design?s Annual Juried Exhibition, the “Passport to China Scholarship” sponsored by the Chinese Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, “L. Ron Hubbard?s Illustrators of the Future award,” “Best of Show” at the Third Annual Fairhaven Juried Exhibition, the “Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Education Scholarship,” and most recently, in 2009, the “John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship” sponsored by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK. James currently lives and works out of his studio in Los Angeles, CA, from which he runs weekly drawing and painting workshops. He began showing at Dawson Cole Fine Art in December of 2009.


John Brosio

Part Time Faculty

BFA | University of California Davis

Funny, I have always been able to draw but never thought it would lead to a career as a painter. My early interests were in science and film but art per se was something I enjoyed on the side of intended pursuits toward a life in movie special effects. But at the same time I was interning at George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic I was also taking art courses from the likes of Wayne Thiebaud, Roy DeForest, Robert Arneson, and Wally Hedrick at the University of California at Davis. To say that this experience under their energies was influential would be an understatement. At Lucasfilm I was always working on someone else’s ideas but painting of course afforded me a foray into my own warped and wonderful thoughts. Who might you ask was addressing the notion of future income at this time?! Nobody. But I digress. Looking back it is clear that my affinity for the cinematic has very much made its way into the imagery with which my work is concerned. I began to get into stormchasing and the results are a slew of tornado paintings for which I am best known. However, keep your eye out as some new things are creeping up over the horizon…


Richard Morris

Part Time Faculty

MFA | New York Academy of Art



Richard Morris is a representational figure/portrait painter. He has been teaching in the L.A. area for the last six years at such schools as the California Art Institute, LAAFA, and Laguna College of Art.  He has studied with many prominent L.A. artists such as Sergio Sanchez, Adrian Gottlieb, Marshall Vandruff, and  Glen Orbik.  Richard is a graduate of the New York Academy of Art’s Master’s program.



Joseph Todorovitch

Part Time Faculty

BFA | Cal State University Fullerton

Joseph Todorovitch is a young contemporary painter who has developed a reputation for his highly representational figure paintings. Growing up in Southern California, he became interested in traditional drawing and painting at an early age. His training introduced him to many artistic influences including notable ateliers and instructors. His work is a culmination of these forces with a deep respect for the knowledge and sensitivities of the past. Joseph has been able to sift through the vast amount of information, be selective, and utilize what’s necessary to achieve an impact that speaks about a personal experience with his subjects. His paintings emote, and convey a care and sensitivity that is reminiscent of the naturalist painters of the 19th century. Utilizing subtle value and temperature shifts, fine draughtsmanship, and pure intuition, Joseph weaves a world of breathable air and psychological nuance in his work. He has participated in many group shows including the 15th annual U.S. American Artists Fine Art Show in Pennsylvania; the Artist for the New Century assisted by Art of the West, Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, and Wildlife Art magazines; Ontario History Museum invitational; the Antiques and Fine Art Show at the New York Armory; and the Richard Schmidt Fine Art Auction 2005, 2006, 2007. Joseph has been awarded First Honor and Peoples Choice at the 10th annual National Portrait Society of America’s international portrait competition. He was awarded first place at the Chaffey Community Art Association 2009. His latest accolade was the Draper Grand Prize at the 2009 11th annual International portrait competition given by the Portrait Society of America and he is currently a semifinalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.


Susan Hoehn

Part Time Faculty

BA | UC Berkeley


California artist Susan Hoehn is best known for her vibrant hues reflecting the beauty of the landscapes she paints. From vineyards to seaside vistas Ms. Hoehn captures the essence of the contemporary landscape.

Susan received a B.A. in Art from the University of California at Berkeley where she was schooled in a variety of mediums. As a student in the late 70’s she studied painting under Joan Brown. During that period she worked part time for the University Bear Backers designing brochure covers for athletic events. She also designed the poster for the U.S.A. vs U.S.S.R. International Track Event.

Susan has built a successful art career painting the vineyards of Northern California. Her paintings and limited edition giclees can be found in numerous galleries through out California and especially in the Napa and Sonoma region. She visits the wine country several times a year exploring new locations to photograph and paint. She is most inspired by summer and fall as the color, light and shadows unite to form that perfect composition.

After the passing of her husband of 35 years in 2014, Susan decided to explore other subject matters as well as her landscape paintings. ” I enjoy painting things that I love, and going to museums is one of my favorite things to do. It was a great comfort during a difficult time”. Her depiction of museum goers is a juxtaposition between our current culture and the historical masterpieces on view.

No matter what the subject, Susan knows she is ultimately successful when someone viewing her painting experiences the same delight from the scene as she did.

Susan Hoehn’s art is exhibited in many galleries in the western United States and is collected across the U.S., Canada and abroad. She was accepted into the 2015 Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach.

She is a member of : Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Assoc., Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club.



Jon Neill

Part Time Faculty


Jon is a member of the Art Directors Guild local 800 as Senior Illustrator. He specializes in conceptual design, illustration, specialty prop, creature and costume creation for television and feature films, as well as sculpting for the toy industry, museum exhibits, television and feature films. Jon has been freelancing for more than 25 years.

Jon has sculpted hundreds of head likenesses for museums exhibits, feature films and action figures, as well as animals for museum exhibits, including the traveling exhibits Tiniest Giants and Dogs: Wolf, Myth, Hero & Friend.

Jon’s work can be seen in more than 50 movies and television shows, his most recent work includes The Hunger Games, Looper, Anchorman 2, Paranoia, Spiderman, Green Hornet, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Priest and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). His career in movies began with Michael Jackson’s Ghosts, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and T2-3D the ride for Universal Studios.




Kenny Harris

Part Time Faculty

BFA | Colorado College, Colorado Springs

I am drawn  to certain conditions of light and space, which usually contain elements of isolation, reflection, or atmospheric perspective.  These come together in various genres – the space interior, the figure in contemplation, and atmospheric cityscape or landscape.  Within these I try to articulate the feeling I get in transitional low light conditions. The light is the focus of the paintings, creating mood, but with a lively varied surface. Location influences my paintings tremendously. I travel to reinvent the subjects I paint, seeking a fresh eye abroad, or upon return.


Taylor Montague

Part Time Faculty

MFA | Laguna College of Art + Design

Taylor Montague was born in 1980 and was raised in Huntington Beach, California. He holds a MFA degree from Laguna College of Art and Design. Taylor has participated in many group exhibitions in the Los Angeles and Orange County area and has received several magazine publications and awards for his figurative artwork. In 2007 Taylor Montague was selected to be a mentor member of the California Art Club. The same year, he was juried into the 97th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition held at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. In September 2008 Taylor’s work was nominated to be featured in the “21 Under 31” issue of Southwest Art Magazine. At the 99th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition in 2010, Taylor received both The Emerging Artist award from American Artist Magazine and The Award of Excellence in Oil Painting, which included a feature appearance of his artwork in each magazine.


Michael Jacques

MFA | Hartford Art School

Born and raised in Vermont, Jacques (pronounced j-ah-k) began his formal art education at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts. In 1967, he was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree. After two years as an illustrator in the U.S. Army, the painter returned to New England and in 1971, received a Master’s Degree from the Hartford Art School at Connecticut’s University of Hartford.

From Cambridge to Miami, from Washington, D.C. to Santa Barbara – Jacques’ paintings, etchings and serigraphs have been widely praised. While teaching drawing and painting as an Associate Professor of Fine Art at Boston’s Emmanuel College, Jacques appeared in more than 40 one-man exhibitions and has been represented in more than 125 national art shows. His work appears among important permanent collections in museums such as Washington, D.C.’s Museum of American Art and The Smithsonian?s National Collection, Virginia’s Chrysler Museum and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

In 1980, ABT Books of Cambridge, Massachusetts, published his Images of Age. Nominated for the American Book Award for Original Art, the volume is an unusual collection of Goya-quality drawings, which capture the solitude of aging among the forgotten elderly in New England nursing homes.

Jacques: Being an artist requires more than merely being a committed observer. It requires an ability to record the feelings that image awakens.

I began teaching at LCAD in 1993. Hired full-time in 1997. I am both an Associate Professor and Admissions Counselor for the school.


Darlene Campbell

Part Time Faculty

BA Redlands | MFA Claremont University

I have served on the LCAD faculty since 1994. I received my B.A. in Art from the University of Redlands and my M.F.A. in Painting from The Claremont Graduate University. My paintings have been featured in 13 solo and 58 group exhibitions. Exhibit venues have included the San Jose Museum of Art, Nevada Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, Riverside Art Museum, Frye Museum (Seattle), Arnot Art Museum (Elmira, New York), and Loyola Marymount University. I have also illustrated two published books, and in 2004 one of my paintings was selected as the cover artwork for D.J. Waldie’s book, Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles. My work has been reviewed in over 40 publications, including Artweek, American Art Collector, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Santa Barbara Review. The Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Culver City, California has represented me since 1997. My current work chronicles the rapidly changing suburban landscape of Southern California. Small-scale images of reconfigured hillsides laced with new roadways, terraced knolls, ridge-top trophy houses, concrete drainage channels, freeway pillars, and land moving equipment depict a landscape in transition. Alluding to old, religious icons through the use of wood panels, gold leaf, and the arched form, I create beautiful images that suggest history and age, while depicting contemporary imagery. By employing golden-hued light and dramatic clouds, I attempt to coax beauty out of the banal and, in so doing, allude to romantic 17th century Dutch and Italian landscape paintings.


Carolin Peters

Part Time Faculty

MFA | Laguna College of Art + Design

Born in 1981, Carolin Judith Peters, grew up in a small, little known town in Bavaria called Vilsbiburg. To this day she is heavily influenced by the impressions made on her by the idyllic beauty of southern Germany. Fascinated by nature?s overwhelming beauty and power Carolin started processing these impressions at a very young age through pencil drawings of animals and people. In 2002, the intrigue of learning representational art making techniques and an unceasing urge to get away from her native surrounding’s small-town mentality, triggered her move to southern California. There she completed six rigorous years of study in Fine Arts and graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2008 with her BFA and MFA degree.

Her most influential mentors during her studies were renowned figurative painters F.Scott Hess and Stephen Douglas. Although she is fresh out of school her exhibition record is already notable and includes group and juried shows all over California. Galleries and other venues she has exhibited at include Koplin del Rio (Culver City), Arena 1 (Santa Monica), I-5 Gallery (Los Angeles) and the The Look Gallery (Los Angeles). Currently she is represented by Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago. Awards she has won include The Art Renewal Center Merit and Purchase Awards, Best of Show Award from the Pacific Art Foundation, Excellence in Arts from the Peter and Masha Plotkin Foundation, the Passport to China Scholarship from the Contemporary Chinese Fine Art Gallery and a 2nd Best in Show at the Fairhaven Mausoluem Exhibit “Sotto Voce”. Art, for Carolin, holds the unique opportunity to engage with life’s experiences on a primarily sensual level. She focuses her often large-scale, figurative paintings and drawings on psychologically and emotionally saturated moments, staged in nature?s beauty. By creating art that needs to be felt rather than understood she focuses on the sensual aspects to life. With these works she hopes to offer a quiet room for the viewer’s spirit to discern itself with the presented image.




Jason Dowd

Part Time Faculty

BFA | Art Center College of Design

I knew I wanted to be an artist from the age of five. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, I grew up around the studio of my father, Ken Dowd, a successful illustrator, laying the foundation for my future as an artist. I received my BFA at the Art Center College of Design, graduating second in my class. At Art Center, I focused on classical drawing and painting as the principal areas of study. I returned to St. Louis to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator. I worked with clients such as Simon& Schuster, Coca-Cola, and Anheuser-Busch while continuing my studies as a painter. In 2000, I decided to dedicate myself fully to fine art and established my studio at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild where I was Artist-in-Residence. I have completed commissions for clients which include Southwest Bank, The Fox Theater of St. Louis, as well as many portraits including two official portraits of the Cardinal Justin Rigali for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Southwest Bank President Drew Baur, and President/Founder of the Mary Engelbreit Company, Mary Engelbreit. I am a member of the California Art Club, the Portrait Society of America, and the Oil Painters of America. “Woman in a Black Hat” was awarded “Best of Show” by juror and fellow artist C.W. Mundy at the Oil Painters of America regional exhibition. My still life, “The Sweetest Things in Life” was awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2006 Art Renewal Center’s Salon Show. I am currently represented by John Pence Gallery (San Francisco), Waterhouse Gallery (Santa Barbara), Altermann Galleries (New York/Santa Fe) and Kodner Gallery (St. Louis). I teach workshops, instruct at the Laguna College of Art and Design, and continues to work from my home studio.


Kari Dunham

Class of 2011

MFA Candidate

Her work comments on our longing for deep and meaningful relationships and how the home—the place where those intimate relationships are developed—has potential for both comfort and risk.

Kari came to LCAD from Portland, OR in 2011 and completed one semester in the Post-Baccalaureate Program before moving into LCAD’s MFA.

Recent exhibits include the JUSTart Exhibit at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and the MFA’13 Show at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California. Kari is also a summer faculty member for the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, Washington where she has taught for four summers.

Brandon Tucker

Class of 2012

MFA Candidate

Teacher | Exhibiting Artist

BASIS Independent

The central fixation unifying my current paintings is the significance sports has towards life changes. I believe that sports offer an alternative perception of life. My work shows the ups and the downs, the glories, the memories, and the ending of a career. I offer an exclusive view of the sports world.

I was raised in the east side of Los Angeles and to keep out of trouble I was exposed to sports. Through the sports setting I got to learn the values of life. As I moved forward in my education, sports came hand in hand. I matured as a student but I credit sports for molding me into a man. I’ve been in the spotlight when times were great but I also experienced the lows. I have broken bones in my body and had numerous surgeries during my sports career and I hold no regrets, I cherish these lows because this is where I learned to overcome adversity, never settling for less. I apply this work ethic to my production of art. I will stop at nothing to complete whatever I set my mind to and right now my goal is pursuing my art.

It wasn’t until my ending years of college football when I felt the urge to embody my art into sport subjects. You can’t fully understand the intensity and overwhelming adrenaline rushing through your body until a 300lb+ Defensive Line is chasing you down in pursuit of a tackle. I have and there is certainly a stressed emotion that I want to expose.

My application of paint is heavily induced and essential to achieve passion and movement through my work. Most of my paintings are from imagination but when I do work from a photo I take the first session as my sketching period. Once this process is complete I stop working from the photo. Pulling away from the photo I find allows me to rely on pure intuition. I also use figures from historic paintings such as Caravaggio’s, “The Entombment of Christ” and take a modern approach by depicting them in a sports scene. Recently, my work has evolved from depicting life as an athlete to now observing life after sports.

Justin Snodgrass

Class of 2011

MFA Candidate

I am no doubt lucky. I have had many opportunities to test myself and to explore various interests. I have served in the military, worked as a firefighter, created short films, competed in martial arts tournaments, spent hours with my nose in science and philosophy books, and been a dedicated stay-at-home dad. Throughout these experiences, two things have remained constant. First is my unyielding interest in the nature of our existence and reality. Second is my natural drive and excitement toward creating representational art.

I received my BA from California State University, San Bernardino in 2004 with high honors. After a short 10 year break to stay at home with my kids, I headed back to school. I was lucky enough to find my way to LCAD’s post baccalaureate program and am currently an MFA candidate in LCAD’s MFA program.