Our Team


Karen Bonaker

Painter Master Elite

Karen attended Cabrillo College and studied art with a concentration on color and design. She discovered Corel Painter 20 years ago, and she has since enjoyed creating digital images. 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 within digital art education, so she founded the DAA in 2007 to help students achieve their artistic goals.

Skip Allen

Painter Master Elite

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 http://skipallenpaints.com

Deborah Kolesar

Administrative Support

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. She supports the instructors by answering site questions and helping with site management.

Lisa James

DAA Community Support and Host

Lisa has a B.A. in English. She is an essential part of keeping the DAA Community running smoothly. She has done ghostwriting, technical and business writing and has taught English. Currently, Lisa is working on her third book.


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