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Portraits by Karen Martinez

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Andrew Tyzbir


Andrew has been a Valencia resident since 1984. He is married with two adult daughters and is a Realtor with Pinnacle Estate Properties specializing in residential and commercial properties throughout the Los Angeles and Ventura county areas.In his free time, he enjoys cooking and gardening. His beautiful wife Idelle is an artist and a teacher with ARTree.

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Melissa Lackman


Melissa grew up surrounded by artists and musicians and has always loved art. She has been directly involved in nonprofit management at the board level since 1995, serving a variety of organizations. 

In addition to her studio practice, she has a passion for children's mental health and travel. Melissa also servers as Chief Business Officer of International Encaustic Artists.


Sheri Carlson

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Sheri finds great joy in seeing the impact that art and creativity have on the lives of our community. 

She has a background in microbiology and food science, but has always been drawn to learning new ways to incorporate art into her life.

She loves to paint in watercolor in her free time.

ARTree family events are a favorite of hers, watching all ages experience the joys of creating together.

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Kay Kaminski


Kay is a visual artist, with formal studies in photography and graphic design.

She studied secondary English Education at Michigan State University and has a teaching certificate. She started as a volunteer, then became an instructor with ARTree in 2013.

Creatively, she works in collage and printmaking, and hopes to inspire the students of ARTree in those mediums.

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Karen Martinez


Karen has lived in Santa Clarita since 1984. She loved art as a child, but took a circuitous path via a degree in Electronics and a career in Medical Equipment Service Management before finding her way back to art after retirement. 

Karen enjoys assisting with and teaching classes at ARTree, watercolor painting, playing guitar and traveling. Karen is married and has two grown stepchildren and four grandchildren.

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José Barba


José is an artist who is best known for his landscapes and seascapes. He works in a variety of mediums such as oils, acrylics, and pastels. He is a member of the Santa Clarita Artists Association.  He has a passion for teaching and loves sharing his techniques with students of all ages. He has lived in Santa Clarita for 37 years, married and has 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren.  

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