21 SECRETS Summer Studio 2019 Teacher Bios

21 secrets summer studio 2019


Below are the bios of the talented teachers in 21 SECRETS Summer Studios 2019: Playful Experiments + Capturing Moments

Playful Experiments teachers


Briana Goetzen

Briana Goetzen, MA, founder of Orange Spiral Arts, is an expressive arts coach living in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) area of Minnesota, in the USA.

As an artist, avid photographer, visual journal keeper, and deep conversation enthusiast, Briana supports people who desire to fully express themselves in mind, body, and spirit.

She helps people re-connect to the inner artist and divine inner wisdom that is inherently theirs.



Connie Solera, Founder of 21 SECRETS

I create art, teach, travel, and write in order to inspire every woman to pick up a paintbrush, let go of her fears, and sink into the artist her heart is calling her to be.



Consie Sindet

Consie is a mixed-media artist whose work often includes some form of doodling. She has been an artist for as long as she can remember and has done everything from teaching decorative painting, selling at crafts shows, painting murals, to face and body painting and henna art. She discovered the world of art journaling in 2014 and jumped right in! Consie offers online classes and creative inspiration on her website, Atop Serenity Hill. She believes that we should never stop learning and tries to be creative on a daily basis to support that belief.



Karen Elaine

Karen Elaine is a mixed-media artist, author and instructor living and creating in the heart of Arizona. She teaches art journaling, origami and mindful art techniques.



Lauren Hooper

Lauren is an adventurer, crafter, and storyteller. She leads creative retreats, in person and online, that serve to connect women, help them embody their creativity and explore their worlds. Lauren is the co-founder of Get Messy Art, the host of the podcast How She Creates and an advocate for creating good in the world through art.  She currently lives in the Middle East with her husband who is a music professor. Together they travel the world, eat street food and seek out inspiration for their art. 



Lille Diane

Lille Diane is Durango, CO native, a lifelong artist, musician, teacher-student & human sparkler.



Linda Sagastume

Linda Sagastume has a B.A. from Colorado State University and has studied with many amazing artists, each one making an impact upon her creative journey. Dedicated to lifelong learning, she continues to build her mixed-media tool box and loves teaching others how to use these techniques for creative expression. Presently, she is an instructor at Bemis Art School at The Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Linda is a member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters and her work has been published in Somerset Studio and ART Journaling.



Rae Missigman

Rae Missigman, mixed media artist, author and instructor is known for her vivid colors, intricate layering and signature repetitive art marks.

As an artist, Rae believes that creativity can be accomplished in bite sized pieces during even the busiest days. She focuses on embedding her distinctive mark on each piece leaving no doubt of its creator.

As an instructor, Rae strongly encourages all artists to trust themselves to fearlessly do what they love. She champions a bold voice, continuing education and finding inspiration in the everyday.

As a woman, Rae lives in central Florida within a large family of creatives.



Sharon Stanley

I tell people I live in a crop circle of craziness and make messes when asked what I do. The rest of the story is that the craziness is our working farm where I live with three dogs, two grown sons, one husband and lots of beef cattle. I make mixed-media art and write picture books for children to retain my sanity, when I’m not taking care of my family. I enjoy a very simple and contented life.



Stephanie Ignazio

Stephanie Ignazio is a mixed-media artist, teacher and maker. Her mission is to spread love thru her colorful art; to encourage others to live their JOY; to reconnect with their inner child and to passionately live their dreams. Stephanie firmly believes that she is here in this world to help others find their sparkle; to uplift peoples’ spirits and help them remember how to connect to their creative selves.

With over twenty years of elementary-art-teaching experience, her style of instruction and creating is all about exploration, intuition and taking chances. She loves teaching others how to play, have fun and create art with heart. She teaches art classes as well as her signature SoulCrafting classes. Combining the two areas of SOUL and ART is where the MAGIC happens!

Stephanie is the author and designer of Mandala Mantras: 30 Inspirational Designs to Color and the owner of Hello, Beautiful Soul.



Susie Stonefield Miller

Susie Stonefield Miller is passionate about introducing people to their abandoned and long forgotten inner artists. She is a painter, writer, expressive artist, and person-centered expressive arts facilitator. As the midwife to your creative spirit, she delights in sharing playful techniques, as well as taking you on a deep dive both online and in person. She’s mom to three young men and lives in Sonoma County, California, where she has a brick and mortar creative playground, Unfold Your Creative Spirit Studio.


Capturing moments teachers


Caylee Grey

I am Caylee Grey—South African in Germany. My favorite things to make are art journal pages. I’m wildly

enthusiastic about encouraging others to make, too; to make things with paint or scissors or to make their dreams come true. I teach art and productivity and co-host the Get Messy Art community of over 2,000 artists.



Connie Solera, Founder of 21 SECRETS

I create art, teach, travel, and write in order to inspire every woman to pick up a paintbrush, let go of her fears, and sink into the artist her heart is calling her to be.



Debi Adams

A teacher by degree but an artist at heart, Debi has been professionally and personally engaged in the art and craft community for many years. Her skillset includes watercolors, floral arranging, photography and set stylizing, papercrafting, home and party decor and of course, mixed media. She has been featured in a myriad of magazines from Where Women Create to Somerset Studio and a contributor to the book Upcycle with Sizzix by Sizzix. Debi is a StencilGirl Columnist and currently has a video series out with StencilGirl® called “The Art of Cardmaking.” In her spare time she loves hanging with her family. Junking and traveling are always on her radar.



Jane LaFazio

Jane LaFazio been a full-time artist since 1998, and in that time, she has cultivated a wide range of skills as a painter, mixed media, quilt artist, and art teacher. She’s known for her fun-loving, creative teaching style, and providing a relaxed supportive environment in the classroom. She teaches her own drawing and watercolor workshops online (JaneLaFazio.com) and is on the faculty of Sketchbook Skool (“Beginnings” semester) and at art retreats internationally. Her artwork has been featured in Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines many times, and in Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Life, and in numerous books. Jane design stencils for StencilGirlProducts.com and has been a Quilting Arts TV twelve times. She is featured in the instructional DVDs

“From Art Journaling to Art,” “Layered & Fused Applique Quilts: From Fabric Scraps to Recycled Circles” “Wet Felting Essentials for Fiber Artists” and “The Small Art Quilt” available on Amazon.



Kellee Wynne Conrad

Hi, I’m Kellee Wynne Conrad. Wynne (said win) is my middle name. I’m a redhead, I married a redhead and we have three redhead boys. It’s never quiet around here! Art is my outlet and passion in the midst of a wild life. It centers me and brings me peace. I am so fortunate for this gift and I honor it with gratitude in every brushstroke.



Liz Lamoreux

Liz Lamoreux is on a path to help you build a bridge between daily life and the longings you have inside you. She believes in the power of daily practice, in taking five deep breaths (often), and that magic is found when kindred spirits circle. Most days you can find her in her studio creating stories through her writing, journaling, and jewelry designs, but in that precious time right after dinner, you just might spot her dancing to the Hamilton soundtrack with her eight-year-old daughter.



Lynne Hudson

I am a writer, blogger and mixed-media artist who loves to learn new techniques in order to mix them all together and play. My style has been called experimental, which may be code for “tries everything,” but I like to learn the rules and then break them to see what happens. I am passionate about creating a world where kindness matters. I love reading, coffee and chocolate along with cat snuggles and puppy romping. While teaching and creating art are my passions, I love nothing more than scheduling the details of a retreat or an online class. As a creative entrepreneur I’ve found a way to mix my techie brain with my artistic brain—heaven for me!

In my previous lives, I’ve been an advertising executive, a tech teacher and librarian, jewelry designer and a fundraiser. Following my curiosity and making art have been a constant throughout this adventure called life. I grew up in Florida and Eastern North Carolina and now live in Raleigh, NC with my husband, two college students, a high schooler, two dogs and a cat. Needless to say it’s NOT quiet in my studio! When I’m not in the car shuttling said beings around, I can be found in my studio experimenting or at my kitchen table typing away at the computer—creating in a different way.



Molly Anthony

Molly Anthony is a writer and mixed-media collage artist living in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, two young daughters and golden retriever. After years of battling a creative block and on the verge of quitting art, she began taking morning walks with her dog, who taught her the importance of slowing down, looking around and paying attention to the little things you typically overlook. Once she began creating again, she worked on developing a daily creative habit and is now on the third year of her 365-day art journaling project. Being a storyteller at heart, she includes the stories behind the artwork with every post on Instagram. All her work is dedicated to her dog Murphy, who she lost unexpectedly in March of 2018. Knowing she needed those morning walks to keep creating, he put a new golden retriever puppy in her path to pick up where he left off.



Rachel Rose

Rachel is an Expressive Arts Educator who teaches people how to use creativity for self care, awareness and wellness. Her training and research have focused on a variety of visual arts mediums, creative writing, storytelling, nature and music all through a lens of mindfulness. In her own creative practice, every piece she makes begins through an exploration of an emotion and emerges as a symbolic story. Rachel’s favorite tools for creation are textiles, paper, the natural world and words. Learn more about her supports and art on her website.



Sarah Huizenga

The best days are spent wandering the water’s edge in my paisley rain boots, either a camera or dog leash in hand.

I began the journey of self-discovery through the lens in January of 2012. I was a good wife and a great mom, but I needed to be someone just for me. I had always dreamed of doing something creative. I enjoyed photography, so that seemed the logical path to explore. Many adventures with my camera led to a style that embodies my morning walks along the water’s edge.

Words are just as important to self-discovery and they became the natural companion for my photographs. From that pairing began a blog of adventures – Paisley Rain Boots.

In the last year, I have pushed myself to explore beyond the screen. Creating with my hands and stepping into the mixed media world, using my photography and words as the foundation for the pieces I create.



Tonia Jenny

When she’s not immersed in the joy of building inspiring resources for creative seekers through her work with Connie Solera and 21 SECRETS as Creative Director and Course Manager, Tonia Jenny supports creatives in the process of sharing their messages of inspiration with others and encourages the exploration of new things through her own online courses. Prior to owning her own editorial, writing and life-coaching business, Tonia enjoyed her adventure as a North Light book editor for over a decade. Passionate seeker and “sacred maker,” she never grows tired of learning from the talented artists with whom she adores working.