I'm so happy to have joined the "Yarnell Team", as a certified instructor. Teaching has always been a passion of mine and once I got my art skills at an acceptable level I was able to work with Jerry to learn his teaching method. I will be teaching Yarnell School of Fine Art National Workshops in Oregon, California, Pennsylvania and possibly other locations. I remember attending Jerry’s workshops in Texas in the 1990s and having so much fun while learning his painting techniques. I always keep this thought foremost in my mind while teaching. There’s nothing quite like spending 2 days painting with like minded artists. I hope to see many of you this year.

Event Schedule, 2019

Artful Refuge

Date: April 30 & May 1, 2019

Location: Windrose Conference Center, Newberg, Oregon

Cost: $375 2 day workshop, $100 nonrefundable deposit

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Hawaii's Finest Hour

Date: May 6 & 7, 2019

Location: Hampton Inn, Vacaville, CA

Cost: $395 2 day workshop, $100 nonrefundable deposit

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Painting Undecided

Date: October 7 & 8, 2019

Location: Airport Hampton Inn, Pittsburgh, PA

Cost: $325 2 day workshop, $100 nonrefundable deposit

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A word from Jerry Yarnell:

I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie Mattison at a workshop I was holding in Houston, Texas. I distinctly remember after the first day thinking to myself “This person really has a lot of talent and I hope she will continue with her pursuit to keep learning.” Well sure enough, 15 years later and numerous workshop trips to my Oklahoma Studio for instructions, Debbie has now completed all of the necessary training to become one of our few hand-picked certified artists and instructors. Debbie now resides in Pittsburgh, PA and has begun holding acrylic painting workshops using the Jerry Yarnell techniques and teaching methods. This should be good news for all of my students that live in this area. Because of the massive growth of our Oklahoma Teaching Studio, Donna and I no longer have the time to travel to all of these areas holding workshops as we have done in the past. So Debbie has taken the wheel and continue the tradition of teaching the very popular Yarnell Fine Art techniques as a Yarnell Certified™ Instructor.

A word from workshop attendees:

“Debbie was engaging and supportive to the students, and lent an air of excitement about creating art. Not only does she have the skills of an artist, she also possess the demeanor of an excellent instructor – a combination not easily found. She was up front about Jerry’s expectations of her as a certified representative artist and she did not stray from those expectations. I also enjoyed hearing about her experiences of becoming a certified instructor; not only the demands (the high level of performance) that Jerry expects of his students but also of his compassion and encouragement to his students.

I would not hesitate in endorsing Debbie as a Jerry Yarnell Certified Artist. I can assure you that she held true to Jerry’s painting methods and provided her student a positive and creative learning environment.”

- Bill

“I was pleased to be included in Debbie's class.  She was very thoughtful and patient with the class.  She helped us to use the techniques that you employ to bring out the impressionist artists in all us.  I was so fortunate to win the drawing for her Lighthouse painting.  It reminds me every day of the marvelous experience we all had.  Thank you very much to Debbie and Jerry.”

- Greg

“Debbie did a great job on her first workshop.  She explained and showed how to do each step of the painting and gave enough time to complete each step.  She too went around and assisted all the students.   She really did a great job and we all had great fun while doing this painting.”

- Ellen

“Just want to say thank you for having such a good and personable artist here in the northwest. I loved the class and Debbie was very helpful with her instructions.. Hopefully I can take more classes from her. 

Thank you and God continue to bless your endeavors”.

- Nancy