Peace River Arts



2/4/2020 - 2/7/2020

Katie Dobson Cundiff Studio

2270 72nd Ave. East
Sarasota, Florida 34243-3985


Sharon Yarbrough


4 day workshop is for all skill levels from beginner to advanced.  The first half of morning/afternoon Derek will paint a painting from a photo to demonstrate his process from start to finish using oil paint. The second half of the morning/afternoon the students will paint with Derek’s guidance. Students are also welcome to bring a painting previously painted for Derek to critique.

Students will use oils (acrylics are OK) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures, and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose.

Derek will cover topics such as the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships.

Students will use oils (acrylics allowed too) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures, and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose.


Derek Penix was born on December 29, 1980, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Derek grew up watching members of his family paint but didn't pursue painting himself until after high school. After trying his hand at painting and selling his first piece he knew this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. 

Over the years Derek's work has changed greatly and continues to evolve with each painting. "I never want to be stuck painting only one way or only one subject matter. Variety is the spice of life and is especially that way for me with painting."

Derek has had the opportunity to work under Quang Ho and later with C.W. Mundy. "They have helped me as an artist immensely. I am so thankful that they have been willing to feed into my life as they have."  

Derek has been recognized in many national competitions and publications. Even at a young age, Penix was recognized in Southwest Art Magazine's “21 Under 31” artist competition in 2010, and Oklahoma Magazine's "40 Under 40" in 2014. To date, Derek's most notable award has been the 2016 "Gold Medal Award" from Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition, boasting a $30,000 prize. Derek currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

To see more of Derek's work, go here.


11/8/2019 - 11/10/2019


Ourdoor locations in  and around Venice, Florida


Sharon Yarbrough

Open to all levels - oils and watercolors

Day 1  Still Life (set up outdoors)
Day 2  Landscape
Day 3  Landscape techniques

How to create not just a painting, but a piece of art? How to put soul, power and emotion into your painting to avoid ending up with just a copy of your subject? I will demonstrate how to combine your visual impressions with you inner sensitivity to find your own artistic language.

Learning how to see, how to look at your subject and how to judge it, that's the essence of my impressionistic method. The process as well as the finished painting should mirror your personality in your colour choice and your brushwork. So I will encourage you to show excitement and emotions to bring your paintings alive. 

Supply list will be given upon registration.

Guido Frick is truly an outdoor painter. "It might sound overstated, but I really consider nature as my original studio. It is because of this belief  that I claim the whole American West as my own and personal studio."  The German-born painter, who lives half of the year in Europe and the other half almost exclusively traveling through America´s western states,  just wants to express his huge enthusiasm about places like Montana and Wyoming, the Dakotas and Nebraska or Utah and Idaho. 


In the early 1980´s he met with famous instructor and painter Sergei Bongart, and still considers this encounter as the most influential experience he has ever had as a painter. "Sergei truly opened my eyes and showed me the way. "   By the 1970´s Guido had already studied with Professor Karel Hodr from Prague, a well-respected impressionist painter and art teacher throughout Europe. Soon Guido´s work was shown in exhibits in Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy, and most recently in England. He was published in "Maler Sehen den Bodensee", and in 1980 he won the Prix de Salon in Fontainbleau-Paris."

As a painter I do not like to be labeled. I am always crossing the borderline between Impressionism and Expressionism.  In art there should be no borders, no fences, no stop signs. I want to paint free and generous and be labeled Independent...always outdoors, in nature, not in a claustrophobic and restricting studio".  Guido's still life's are also painted outdoors.

To see more of Guido's work, go here.