Jim Peters - Director/Instructor

email: jim@theartacademyofcolorado.com


Jim is double-digit Emmy Award Winning Artist with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He holds Television Promotional awards including 2 National Gold awards, 2 National Silver awards, and 1 International Bronze Award from the Television Broadcasters Designers Association. Included in his accolades are People's Choice Awards from the Brighton Cultural Arts Commission's Art Cafe for work exhibited in the mediums of pencil and oil. As well, he holds a certificate of appreciation from the United States Air Force Recruiting Service for his artistic contributions to The Air Force Thunderbirds flight team.

Jim earned a degree as an Architectural Specialist in Wisconsin. He studied design under several Architects in Wisconsin. Among them included working with the State of Wisconsin Department of Local Affairs and Development.  Let Jim refocused his attention to Fine Art and attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison taking courses in Art and Communications. 

In 1983 he relocated to San Diego, California where he became a freelance illustrator for the David Scroggy Agency. While there, he served such clients as Dole, Dupont, Ektelon Sports Equipment and Bilstein. His work has appeared in major publications such as Flying, 4-Wheeler, and Hot Rod Magazines. He was a member of the San Diego Aerospace Museum while the Museum was under the direction of Capt. Edwin D. McKellar Jr. a former Navy and Blue Angel Pilot. At Captain McKellar's request, Jim was invited to display his work as part of the Museums exhibits.

Jim moved to Denver, Colorado in 1986 with a call from one of the nation's premiere animation houses. He became fully engulfed in the field of computer graphics and animation. His primary role was the design of graphics for broadcast television. As the company grew, their focus switched to litigation animation. Jim then began working on projects for the Department of Justice and the Federal Aviation Administration in select high profile cases. 

Jim ultimately entertained an offer from 9KUSA to be their Animation Director. He went on to serve as Art Director for FOX10 in Phoenix, Design Director for FOX31 in Denver, and Design Director for FOX 9 KMSP in Minnesota. FOX then promoted Jim to Corporate Art Director for their newly formed entity, FOX Television Stations Graphics HUB in Tampa, Florida. Jim oversaw branding and helped direct promotional efforts for all 27 FOX Owned and Operated Stations including the FOX-owned MyNetworkTV Stations. Jim was also integral in the promotional efforts of 21st Century FOX pilot programs and worked with third-party entities in the production of imagery and promotion for FOX television pilot programs.

Jeremiah White

Instructor - Hybrid Drawing


I’m a self-taught artist who has been painting for about 20 years and working as a professional artist since 2013. I’ve been interested in art since I was a small child and spent a great deal of my childhood immersed in drawing. There would rarely be a time where I didn’t have a sketchbook and drawing materials with me. I took some public school art classes, but that was the extent of my instruction. After I graduated high school, I made a considerable effort to learn as much as I could about painting and drawing while also working a full-time job in the technology field.

I feel as though being self-taught gave me a unique perspective on art. It was harder to find what I needed to learn and it required a great deal of trial and error before figuring things out. I’ve been fascinated by painters from the late 1800’s – early 1900’s and would study their work and any of their writings extensively so I could try to emulate their techniques on my own. I would also study modern masters as well as read any book that I thought could help me to develop my skills. It wasn’t easy, and I made far more mistakes than I had successes in my work at the beginning. Eventually, I was able to incorporate their techniques with techniques I’ve developed independently to create a style recognizable as my own. I still consider myself a student of art and continue to try to grow every day in my work.

My goal as a teacher is to help students avoid much of the trial and error I had to go through and to share what works and what doesn't. Learning how to draw and paint can be a confusing journey. I intend to help students navigate that journey. It’s important to me to provide each student with a way of practicing their skills, both in the classroom and on their own, so they can continue to reach their full potential.

I invite you to visit my website http://jeremiahjwhite.com/ and view my artwork so you can understand a little history about my process and experience. 

Sharon Krohn

Instructor - Watercolor

BIO - Artist Statement

  “Art is a journey, not a destination.” This quote sums up my lifelong love of art and the desire to grow as an artist. I was born in Omaha Nebraska but have lived the majority of my life in Colorado. I attended the University of Colorado majoring in Fine Arts. My appreciation of nature has fueled my desire to paint the things I love. I have been fortunate to study with many well-known artists throughout my life and still enjoy the opportunity to learn from other artists. Although I have worked in another medium, watercolor remains my favorite. I have taught watercolor classes in the Denver area and Mexico for many years. I love sharing my passion and knowledge of this exciting medium. It is a joy helping others on their own “artistic journey.” 

Anastasia Bliss

Instructor - Ceramics



Anastasia Bliss was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. The daughter of the world-renowned photographer, the late Arington Hendley, she was immersed in art from birth.

She moved to Colorado after having finished her BFA in ceramics from Georgia State University. 

She saw a potter giving a demonstration when she was only four years old and was mesmerized, drawn to the process instantly. 

She began working on the pottery wheel at the age of 14 and started showing her work professionally at just 15 years old.

Having lived in a very culturally diverse city, her curiosity, along with her love of other cultures and travel blossomed. 

Anastasia took a year off from college to live and teach in Taiwan, where she fell in love with the art and architecture of Asia. She traveled to far-flung parts of the globe, adapting Moorish design and elements of nature, along with many other Eastern themes into her artwork. 

These can all be seen in the designs which she carves into many of her wheel-thrown pieces. 

Anastasia especially loves to create functional pottery, feeling that her artwork should be used and enjoyed from a practical as well as an aesthetic standpoint. 

She began her teaching career at the age of 23 and derives joy and energy from interacting with her students, as well as artists of all media.

Anastasia has won awards for both her artwork and her teaching.

She currently lives in Lochbuie, Colorado with her daughter and two cats, happily working each day in her home studio.

Ed Hawkins - Instructor Fine Art

email: ed@theartacademyofcolorado.com


Ed grew up in England and has been a life-long, self-taught, artist. Ed is experienced in many media, which fortuitously prepared him to teach in several mediums. He came to America to attend Bible College in Grand Rapids MI, raised a family - and with his Saviour, his kids and grandkids remain the central joy in his life. He is also a musician (keyboards) and plays with the Worship Band at his church. He has held several and varied positions in several and varied companies, finally taking early retirement in 2008. It was after that, that he heard of Main Street Creatives and Judee Dickinson, from a friend.

Initially, Ed rented studio space at MSC, but soon also began teaching in the Academy after subbing for Judee during her out of town shows. He teaches various media – oil, acrylics, pastel, pencil, charcoal, clay sculpture, amongst others. Ed’s subject matter is suited more to teens and adults, although he has taught and enjoys a great rapport with younger children.

Ed implemented the Ceramics programme as part of the Academy's offering. He also re-initiated the (now weekly) drawing/painting from life sessions and also provides plein air painting opportunities. Ed works with Barr Lake personnel to providing opportunities for artists to paint in their twice-annual Art In The Park events as well as the City’s annual Art in the Park event.

He has also functioned as the ‘Go-To Guy’ for MSC issues, admin, tech/computer, Events and Salons (implementing the videoing and projection of the Salons).

He is excited about Brighton's commitment to becoming a state-wide recognized Centre for Arts and Culture. To that end, he is involved with the City of Brighton Arts and Culture office, is a member of BCAC (Brighton Cultural Arts Commission) and represents MSC, along with Judee, at the Downtown Business Partnership. He has received a plaque in gratitude for service to BCAC as well as recently receiving the ‘Beyond Brighton’ Excellence in Arts Award, presented by BCAC.

Ed has also been one of the liaisons with the City Facilities Dept, concerning MSC building maintenance and remodeling projects.

However, the thing that most warms his heart is to see his students grow, and listen to the excitement in their voices as they look back and recognize that they have crossed boundaries they thought they could not, and see the progress in their artistic journey.