Teaching Faculty

Farmstead Arts has some wonderful and caring teachers to help you or your children learn creative arts, from drawing, paints & pastels, photography and more. Please consider attending one of our artists classes. And if you are a teacher, contact us today to discuss how you can be one of our valued faculty.

Susan Antin: Painting and Drawing

susan antin with art Susan Antin has a BA in Fine Art – Painting and Drawing, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts – because of a strong interest in the business world. While continuing to develop her artwork, she established a career in marketing and corporate training. Presently, she spends time creating, teaching art classes and promoting the arts. Her paintings and drawings can be found in numerous private collections. Susan has been represented in many exhibitions, including the Westmoreland Nationals, Westmoreland College, Pennsylvania; Montgomery Center for the Arts, Montgomery,NJ, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Gallery, Skillman, NJ and Princeton Arts Council, Princeton, NJ. Susan currently lives in suburban New Jersey with her adoring husband and two indifferent cats. She is actively involved in promoting the arts and encouraging other artists. For more info visit www.antinart.com

Joy Ann Cabanos: Origami Teacher

Origami teacherJoy Ann Cabaro with students  Samantha Lee, Cynthia Chen and Allie deAsla

Origami teacher Joy Ann Cabaro with students at Farmstead Arts

Joy Ann Cabanos is a painter and poet who works in acrylics, pastel, watercolor, oil and mixed media.  She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in the Phiippines, the UK, and in various cities in the US.  She teaches Drawing at the Westfield Adult School, and teaches private art classes for adults and children. She is an instructor with the MORE After School Program at McKinley Elementary School in Westfield, NJ.  She runs various art workshops in the Westfield and Clark public libraries.  She is a member of the Contemporary Art Group, and the Westfield Art Association.

Jim DelGiudice: In Search of Photographic Style

Jim DelGiudiceA resident of Basking Ridge, Jim DelGiudice  has used his eyes and voice to document the New Jersey scene for more than half his 58 years. His architectural photography for books published by Rutgers University Press and his lectures at Drew University have won him a share of the state’s Historic Preservation Award three times. In the millennium year Jim was cited by both the state and county legislatures for his lifetime contribution to the arts. Most recently, he served as photo editor for A Lifetime with Shakespeare, published by McFarland & Company. An adjunct assistant professor at County College of Morris as well as an adjunct at Columbia University, Jim enjoys presenting talks to adult and professional groups around the metropolitan area. http://www.jimdelgiudice.com/index.html

Tammy DeVoe: Landscape Painting, Open Art Studio 

tammy DeVoe

With a BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Tammy DeVoe paints abstract landscapes based on the beauty of environment and cultural details of varied travel destinations. The colors, shapes, energy, textures, trees, earth, sky, architecture, and cultural elements of any location, all contribute to the development of each painting. Sketches and studies become the start of a piece she works on with multiple layers. Her goal is to achieve a final painting that evokes the feeling of a specific location with simplified abstraction and appropriate colors. After spending 12 years in Manhattan as a designer and painter, Tammy now lives in NJ. She has years of experience with painting and design commissions, sales and freelance opportunities, and remains active in creative communities.

Margaret Fanning: Painting and Drawing from Photographs


Margaret Fanning is an award-winning artist who has exhibited internationally.  She is a realistic painter, working in oil, watercolor, ink, and mixed media.  She received the NJ Chapter of the American Artists League Traditional Realism Award, and won the Alexander Portfolio Award from Savannah College of Art and Design.  She currently lives and works in New Jersey.

Stefano Junior:  Illustration and Cartooning

stefano-juniorAn alumnus of Parsons New School of Design, Stefano Junior is a fine artist & illustrator concentrating on cartooning & sequential art.

Deborah Lavine: Fiber Artist

Deborah Lavine wearing her own creations (297x300)Deborah Lavine, local fiber artist who lives on a farm in Califon with her dog Sadie and bratty cat, Little One, is a self-taught knitter.  Deborah learned how to knit when she decided to give her niece an afghan for her birthday.  At the time, a self-proclaimed experienced knitter thought she was crazy to take on such a big first project.  But her response to them was “there isn’t much difference between a blanket and a scarf, just a few extra rows”. She is pictured wearing her own creations.  Please join Deborah in our upcoming knitting workshops to be inspired by her talent and designs knitted exclusively from her own patterns.

Debbie Limoli:  Ceramic Artist

Baby Elephant Sculpture by Debbie Limoli

Baby Elephant Sculpture by Debbie Limoli

A self-described animal nut, teaching artist ( Play with Clay) Debbie Limoli of Warren, displays her work at galleries and art shows across the Northeast. The works are called CustomCrittersByDeb as her work displays her passion for all creatures of nature. Her best ability for her self-taught art is to place personality and soul into each piece and make them affordable, handmade and one of a kind.Limoli has lived in Warren for 25 years while raising her two sons. One son is autistic and graduated from Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla., a school for learning disabilities. Her other son is a Princeton graduate. Limoli has her own kiln and studio in her home.

Anita McKenna Murphy: Artist and Children’s Studio Art Teacher

profile anita mckenna murphyAnita McKenna-Murphy has been working in pastel since childhood. Her inspiration rests solidly in the observation of nature. Murphy’s paintings find their foundation in devotional works created during the Early Renaissance in Northern Europe. Her work, some of which can be as small as one inch square, inspires the viewer to escape into a dreamy and illuminated natural setting. Mrs. Murphy serves as the Artist in Residence for St. James School in Basking Ridge. Her work is represented by Meli Melo in Bernardsville and she has enjoyed commissions for Mansion in May, Simply, The Hanson Gallery and the IFDA at the Museum of Art & Design in New York. She lives and paints in the countryside of New Jersey and Pennsylvania with her husband, their two children and the family dog, Smudge.

Oscar Peterson: Portrait, still-life and figurative drawing/painting

Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson was born in Harlem, New York, raised in Brooklyn, NY, and is currently a resident of Millburn Township, NJ. He has worked as a professional art director and designer/illustrator for various corporations and non-profits, and as a commissioned fine arts painter who specializes in portraiture. An alumnus of Pratt Institute and The Art Students League of NY, Peterson has studied with such leading realist painters as Nelson Shanks, Max Ginsberg, and Costa Vavagiakis. His works, both portrait and non-commissioned, are in corporate and private collections and museums across the country. He uses traditional methods and techniques while incorporating new ideas and personal observations. His preferred medium is oil, although he frequently uses many mediums. Peterson describes his paintings as “realistic with an impressionistic feel,” his artistic style is inspired by the Impressionists and the Old Masters. His approach echoes a favorite quote from Alberto Giacometti; “The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” http://www.oscarpetersonportraits.com/

Doug Schiller: Drawing Fundamentals, Watercolors, Pastels, Art Sampler, Portfolio Review, and other classes and workshops for teens and adults.

doug-schillerDoug Schiller received his BFA and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and diploma from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The harmony and balance inherent in nature are integral elements of Doug’s drawings and oil paintings. A grant recipient of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Artist/Teacher Initiative, Doug has been an instructor at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey for over 20 years and an instructor at Kean University and the College of Saint Elizabeth. He initiated the College Arts Fair at the Arts Center. His artwork can be viewed in local and New York City art galleries and is in collections in the United States, England, and Italy.

Colby Ann Theurich:  Art Adventures, Scratchboard

Colby Ann Theurich with artColby Ann Theurich of Basking Ridge is a graduate of the duCret Scool of Art, where she studied Fine Art and Illustration. She has since been working as a professional artist, specializing in Animal Art and Children’s Book Illustration. Colby has a passion for nature and animals, and hopes to inspire future generations to appreciate wildlife through her art.