Who We Are

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Since opening our doors, we’ve been committed to helping students master and paint with Corel Painter. Digital Art Academy provides a unique and highly personalized method of learning, creating an environment to nurture, educate, and encourage creative individuals to achieve the highest level of success. Browse through our site to learn more about what we have to offer. Digital Art Academy is a Senior-friendly site!

The DAA Team

The people responsible for the course content and website management

Your Instructor Karen Bonaker

Karen is an Elite Painter Master and a long-standing member of the Painter Advisory Board. She discovered Corel Painter 20 years ago, and she has since enjoyed creating digital images and teaching thousands of students how to paint digitally. Karen believes traditional art principles can be applied digitally to produce artwork that defies distinction.

With her traditional art background and her state-of-the-art skills, Karen has been able to bridge two worlds and teach students how to apply traditional painting techniques to the digital canvas working with Painter. Karen believes everyone has the ability to draw and paint, but they need to learn how to progress. She saw a need for digital art education, so she founded the DAA in 2007 to help students achieve their artistic goals.

Looking for Karen's personal website, Visit KarenBonakerArt.com!

Painter Master Elite Skip Allen

Skip received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts with an emphasis in pottery from the Memphis College of Art. He was a studio potter for almost three decades and taught at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi for 21 years. An Award-winning artist, he has been featured in numerous magazines.

Skip’s connection with digital art began in 1984 when he bought his first computer. Since his discovery of Corel, he has immersed himself in digital art. Skip uses his teaching experience to help students overcome their anxiety about the digital creative process as well as training them to work in a new digital environment. He began working with Digital Art Academy in 2012.

To find more information about Skip, you can visit him at SkipAllenPaints!

DAA Technical Assistant Deborah Kolesar

Debbie is a research scientist by training, an amateur photographer, and a digital painter. She has found a way to bridge her “techie” side with her artistic side.

Debbie aids in the success of Digital Art Academy. Her role is to support the instructors by answering site and Painter software questions and is the person who brought this new site to completion.

See Deb's painting collection at Flickr

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