Art Instructors

I have been painting for 45 years since I was 17. I always loved color. I started out making images on linoleum and printing them. By the time I was 19, I was captivated with realistic Science Fiction art. My favorite artists were Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, and Salvador Dali. My first paintings on canvas were people from SF stories that I wrote. I liked that the images were out of my imagination, but I wasn’t pleased with my inability to paint what I saw in my imagination.

Born and raised in Northwestern, Nebraska, in farm country with little exposure to art or artists, opportunities for art classes were nonexistent. As a result, I am self-taught. I resided outside the Continental United States from 1979-2001 in Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Guam, Hawaii and Yap, Micronesia, and taught watercolor and drawing. My focus on my work was influenced by the cultures around me. I worked as a creative animation director in Indonesia and Australia. I developed and conducted drawing and portfolio presentations for a Youth Adult Bureau in Melbourne. Life in Guam confirmed my work as an art instructor teaching DOE a Gifted and Talented Program.   

I am a Minnesota native, moving to Arizona in 1982. I am a self-taught artist and work in all mediums. I have taught classes for the Palo Verde Art club for almost 19 years. Currently, I have been teaching Acrylic painting. I have earned degrees in CADD drafting and Graphic Design and taught classes in the Graphic design program for 11 years before moving to Sun City. I don't have one favorite medium; I love working in all of them.


Since the early 1980’s Bruce Cody has been regarded as one of the premiere painters of large urban and small town architectural motifs. His contemporary images range from high-rise towers with busy urban activities to small, purpose built structures such as gas stations, motels, theaters.
In all of his paintings the rich light and shadows of the Western landscape are the primary motive for selecting his subjects. Light pouring on a sign covered façade reflects his interest and early years of being in his father’s neon sign shop.



My interest in art in general and watercolor in particular, began in my high school days. I was fortunate enough to have an excellent arty instructor who took an interest in me. He encouraged me to develop a unique style, which I am still working on. I now wish I went on to art school after high school. Unfortunately, I listened to those who said I would be a “starving artist” instead of an art instructor.


Florine is an international award-winning photographer, painter & instructor. Her incredible images have appeared in galleries, shows, books and private collections throughout the US, the UK and at the Association of Photographers Gallery, London.

Florine’s career started in New York City during the 60’s working as a model/actress/singer.

1970’s – present day, Florine operated commercial photography and fine art studios in Dallas, TX; New York City; Arizona; and the UK.


Sue always has had a hunger to paint and finally listened to that call before retiring to Logan, Utah, in 2004. She began painting using watercolors and has since added oil, acrylic, charcoal, and pan pastels. Sue is usually found painting or drawing anything with a face: portraits, animals, flowers, the face of a mountain or a barn. Sue has been juried into and received awards in numerous local and state competitions in Utah before moving to Arizona full time in 2017 and has been teaching painting for over ten years. Her paintings have been popular with collectors here and abroad. 

Patti Hoffert is a self-taught artist who lives with her husband, John, spending her time divided between their home in sunny Arizona and the remarkable beachside town of Pacific City, Oregon.  Patti is a retired educator and school counselor.  After her retirement in 2008, she and John moved to Arizona, where she took her first art class in watercolors with an excellent instructor who told her she had talent. She quickly discovered a new passion, art!