Maria Carrasco

Maria Carrasco

It is my personal belief that art comes from the Creator as the source.  I explore all mediums and pursue themes of hope, restoration, and encouragement through visual means. Working in oils, acrylics, pastels, pencils and clay. The work I create is representational, colorful and impressionistic. Especially LOVE the freedom of pour painting.

I have an AA in General Ed from Las Positas and have formally studied art under some phenomenal teachers, Engela Wilson, Ozell Hudson Jr., and Linda Ryan focusing on skill building and mastering my craft. 

Wife, mom of 2, and grandma of 6. I look forward to staying creative with my family. As the Director of our art ministry at The Well Christian Community, I am fortunate to be part of a wonderful community of artists.

Richard Beebe

I have been involved with photography in excess of 30 years, including over 20 years of professional experience and skills in a variety of aspects. Despite this strong background, I still believe I am a “work in progress” – I have no desire to sit down and rest on my laurels – I now expose more original images consistently, than I ever did with just film, continually exercising and stretching my visual experience. That’s where the “fun” of this image-making medium is.

* Formats – 35mm (30+ years), 6×6 square (25+ years), digital (10 years), 4×5 (infrequent).

* Experience – photographer, assistant (lighting, sets, logistics, camera), instructor (classroom, field, workshops), writer/editor.

* Styles/Genres – portrait, fashion, and figure (studio & location); landscapes, cityscapes; night imagery, b&w infrared (35mm, 6×6, digital); and expressive interpretations/impressions.

Photography remains a strong passion – even with this long tenure. Pushing my own visual creativity and expanding my own expressiveness further is a strong goal, to keep ME inspired and jazzed about this. Instructing others on the craft and art of the photographic medium is another, as I have been doing since 2009 here at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.