Meet the Artists

Carlos Primo

Studio 5

I have been a Foundry artist since 2013. Shortly after joining, I discovered my passion for painting the ocean. I have now completed close to 50 ocean paintings, many of which I have sold.
I had previously been painting off and on, when and where I could and usually alone without much exposure or success. After renting my studio space at The Foundry, I started exploring oil as a medium, with tips and encouragement from my fellow Foundry artists.
I have been able to accomplish and experience a lot more as an artist than I ever imagined. I am grateful to Kristianne Kurner, Creative Director of New Village Arts for her vision, the City of Carlsbad for supporting the arts, and The Foundry artists. Last but not least, a big thank you to YOU for visiting.

Cassie Langan

Studio 8b

I develop multi-layered mixed-media artworks incorporating fine art techniques such as calligraphy, collage, drawing, painting, printmaking, and digital graphics. I also make handmade books integrating art papers developed while producing my mixed-media works.
Formally trained as a graphic designer, and a CZT (Certified Zentangle® Teacher), I have lived and worked in New York, Boston, and Allentown, Pennsylvania. I taught art for 16 years in the East Bay, Northern California. I am available to teach Zentangle®, creative journaling, and printmaking workshops.
The collaborative environment of The Foundry Artist Studios at New Village Arts promotes artistic fellowship and creative inspiration among the 17 practicing artists who engage in personal artistic experiences that intrinsically strengthen their human spirit.
The Foundry provides a unique opportunity for the community: witnessing the creative process firsthand. From rough layouts to gallery exhibitions we endeavor to capture our visions and share both the joys and the frustrations of our individual and collective artistic journeys.



Catherine Lombardi

Studio 12b

“Inspired by Nature”
Curious as a child, I was drawn to nature and loved to draw and paint, especially trees. Even the cold New England winters did not deter me from my need for creative expression. I would go out into the frosty air with great enthusiasm to draw and paint my favorite tree.
Over the years my interest in painting grew as did my artistic awareness and use of various mediums, styles, techniques and subject matter, including portrait painting which was an interesting challenge. I also enjoy the freedom of abstract painting after working on more detailed traditional work; to free my creative mindset.
In addition to painting I work with residents in residential care facilities for the elderly providing art programs. I also provide art programs for residents with Alzheimer’s disease.
I had always dreamed of having my own studio space. It is a pleasure to be with the artists at The Foundry and experience the synergy of creativity with this extraordinary group of talented individuals.



Chris Monette Appleton

Studio 1

My recent work is mostly abstract and/or figurative mixed-media. I also enjoy drawing using various media. My paintings often combine drawing and painting using acrylics, watercolor, crayons, inks, pigment pens and collage.   
I like creating large busy pieces that I can become involved with for a long time. For me it’s about the process though I enjoy occasionally adding a subtle political or social comment. I like working with layers, details and bold color. 
I’ve been an artist most of my life and studied fine art in college as well as with various workshop instructors in the US.
Being at The Foundry has enabled me to be with a community of artists, which is very supportive of the creative process. My studio here also allows a level of productivity that I have difficulty achieving in my home studio.



Fred Deutsch

Studio 9a

Fred Deutsch works in wood and organic materials (palm fronds, cork, tree bark).
His three-dimensional hand-crafted wood pieces are artistic and functional, and occasionally whimsical.
He is interested in reproducing wood products and art utilizing techniques common before the introduction of power tools. Deutsch also applies the techniques and skills common in Shaker and Japanese woodcraft.
“I use these skills to produce crafted wood items that are both artistic and utilitarian.”
In 2003, he began studying woodworking formally at Palomar College’s Cabinet & Furniture Technology program. He has exhibited at the San Diego County Fair’s Design in Wood Exhibition. What had been a hobby rapidly evolved to a passion then a profession as he worked in cabinetry and became a licensed finish carpenter. He is a member of the San Diego Fine Wooding Association. “When I became involved in The Foundry my passion for woodworking took a more artistic turn that has continued to evolve in this most nurturing artistic environment.”
As his focus is on sharing the history and techniques of pre-20th century woodworking, Fred prefers to meet interested parties in person at his Foundry studio. Please feel free to contact him by email, or by phone, 760-525-1713 to arrange a time.



Jessica Lindsay Anjulie Flemming

Studio 12a

The medium I use is a combination of acrylics, inks and photography. 
My work is abstract, arranged in a pseudo-dimensional manner, to convey movement in an omni-dimensional flow. My goal is to draw upon the viewer’s perception, and cognitive attributes.
I view and appreciate art as a living quality. My endeavor is to express movement, depth and attitude through the flow and mixing of color, in blends and often vortices to extrapolate the viewer’s interest and emotions. I make each of my paintings unique, they are personal, and I believe that allows each to be an individual art piece. 
I’ve pursued informal art study for fifteen years that span photography, drawing, modeling, and painting. Creating visual art is a passion that allows me to express who I am. I initiated my work in two dimensional pencil and color drawings, with ideas drawn from my photography of faces and simple natural beauty. I believe faces portray every aspect of life from joy to sadness. My earlier work captured these images as artifacts of people’s emotions. It was during this period I garnered an interest for facial expressions, where I was able to appreciate contours, color, texture, shadows, and contrast. Collectively, I learned these attributes are infinite, and I apply these to my abstract paintings as well. 
I view The Foundry as Carlsbad’s epicenter for human creativity. It provides an umbrella of cultural influence to Carlsbad. Diverse art and art instruction are presented embracing all aspects of art. I value The Foundry community as it provides me the interface and exposure necessary to cultivate my artistic vision, and spirit.



Margi Saccomanno

Studio 4

I am a Southern California painter working in, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, and other mediums. I have pursued a wide variety of subjects since I began my art life at age 6. Over the past several years I have been focusing on political and world events, but recently I am trying to explore new areas. 
In high school I participated in an arts intensive study program for four years. I enjoyed being selected as the secretary of Arts and Bulletin Boards for the school and I received the Art Award upon graduating. I then enrolled in the Art Instruction School, for three years and taught watercolor painting and drawing at Michael’s for three years. I have studied painting in oils, charcoal, and pastels with private instructors.
I came to the New Village Arts Foundry nine years ago and began a journey that has included solitude, education, growth, camaraderie, and friendship. Through the years we have seen numerous artists come and go. Each has left a little mark. Working in the "Village" is in itself a special experience and encourages a sense of community. Our artist receptions have been fun and a chance to connect with the locals and visitors to Carlsbad. With each new year we continue to integrate our vision as artists enriching the community we are part of.
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Mike Striler

Studio 10

I have been doing art from the beginning, perhaps from a past life work incomplete. I am compelled to express myself visually and create. I studied fine art with an emphasis on painting at San Diego State University. I worked in graphic design for many years professionally. I am a poet, songwriter and performing musician. My art studio is in Carlsbad at the New Village Arts Foundry where I share a working studio with 16 other incredible artists. Recently I have been doing a lot of photography in the parks I frequent for inspiration. Nature is full of form and we emerge from it and are a part of it. I aspire to work in film and continue with my passion for painting and drawing. I have recently returned to school where I can pursue these passions with like-minded people. Life is better than you can ever imagine.



Monica Martin 

Studio 2b

My current body of work consists of acrylic abstracts and florals. My painting has been a process of learning and exploration, not only with color but with composition and movement within each painting. Through creating a history of layers on the canvas, I am able to let the textures develop and guide my work.
As a self-taught artist, my hope is to always embrace learning and to share my gifts with others through teaching.
In recent years I have worked in watercolors and enjoy this medium as well.
I have participated in many juried shows and galleries including Art on 30th in San Diego, Fallbrook Art Center, and Spanish Village at Balboa Park.
My original paintings and greeting cards can be seen at The Foundry and I am a licensed artist with shops on Amazon and other retailers.
Being a part of The Foundry Artist Studios has been such a treasure for my artistic process. I am able to get support and feedback from my fellow artists, as well as the option to teach classes throughout the year. Our monthly receptions provide an opportunity to engage with the community and share our talent.



Phyllis Swanson

Studio 2a

Over the years I have tried many mediums, but much of my current work is in collage using recycled wine foils and acrylics on canvas.
I love to find a bit of humor in our everyday experience by juxtaposing the expected with the not so expected. I like to examine the positives in life. If my art can cause someone to stop and think or wonder or smile, then it's been successful.
For the past 25 years I have worked at Studio 2, a small art company that specializes large and small scale murals and paintings.
I am also one of the original artists in residence at The Foundry, Over the last nine years I have found inspiration from both my fellow Foundry artists as well as the broader community we serve. Sharing the actual evolution of a piece of art is a pleasure for me and something many of our patrons seem to enjoy as well.
In addition to my work at The Foundry, my murals can be seen throughout the county including: Barrio Carlsbad on Walnut Street, Carlsbad; Cecil the Lion on Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad; Vista’s Tribute to 395 on Main Street, Vista; Rady Children’s Hospital NICU, San Diego; and Canine Companions for Independence Radiology Unit, Oceanside. I also display selected pieces at the Michael J Wolf Fine Arts Gallery on 5th Avenue in the Gaslamp area of San Diego. 



Robert MacPherson

Studio 9b

Robert MacPherson is a representational painter who uses oils in an impressionistic style. He does not specialize in any specific subject matter, preferring to work in all categories of traditional painting.
His main source of inspiration is curiosity. He experiments a lot with different techniques, materials and subject matter. This has kept him interested in painting for nearly fifty years.
Robert believes that all artists are self-taught in the sense that the only way to learn how to paint is to do it. He received most of his formal training by taking numerous workshops with artists he admires. He also created and taught a university course in oil painting. His paintings have been shown in many galleries all over the country. He also shows his paintings in national and regional exhibitions sponsored by Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, American Society of Marine Artists, and the California Art Club.
He enjoys being a member of The Foundry because it gives him a chance to interact with other artists and members of the public in matters related to art.


Shari L. Roberts

Studio 8a

I came to The Foundry as a painter specializing in faux finishes, applying a variety of finishes and textures on walls and refinishing furniture using similar techniques. Being surrounded by the talented artists at The Foundry has reignited my passion for painting on canvas. In addition I enjoy teaching art to elementary school children. I began instructing children in art during After School Enrichment Classes on the East Coast and currently continue in SoCal.
Art for Kids Classes and Workshops allow a hands-on approach to children for being creative and having fun with art. The classes are taught at The Foundry to enhance and encourage a positive, artistic learning experience. Children are introduced to different media and exposed to all genres of art, artists and influences of art. Classes/Workshops range in time and price depending on the topic.
I paint animals (pets), sports figures, graphics; anything I find creative, moving and inspiring. I love color, shape, line and texture. It’s the process of painting and the challenge that motivates me.
Transforming an old broken down piece of furniture can be very hard work, physically, but it is also fun. It’s magical watching the old life disappear and a new one emerge. Being creative inspires me. It can be any medium for any reason, it just has to touch me and I’m there – all in. 
I was a professional Interior Designer in New York. My expertise was in Contract Design, Space Planning, Specification of all Materials and Products and Drafting. After hiring professionals for faux finish painting commissions, I took workshops and classes to become educated in this art. As I began to paint as a faux finish painter, I translated my skills to furniture. As a designer, familiar with how furniture is designed and built, I felt comfortable combining these two skill sets which led me to refinishing and painting furniture.
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Facebook: @justfauxyoubySLRoberts



Sheryl Tempchin

Studio 7

I was initially attracted to abstraction because I had begun to feel more and more that what I wanted to paint was not what I could see, but what I couldn't see. There is a mystery behind things, and that mystery is what I’m always reaching for. When the work goes well, the paint, the canvas, and whatever it is that I bring to the process, combine like elements in a chemical reaction to become something new that is complete within itself.
I've made art, in one form or another, for as long as I can remember. Before I could read, I was drawing with crayons and pencils on any available surface (not always to the delight of my parents). Making art was like breathing or eating. I didn't think about it, I just did it.
I've studied art at Palomar College, UCLA and the Otis Art Institute, and participated in many workshops, most recently a painting workshop with artist Marianne Mitchell in Scottsdale.
My work can be seen and purchased through these online galleries: Zatista,
Saatchi Art, and Vango Art.
Having my studio here at The Foundry has allowed me to grow as an artist in ways that wouldn't have been possible otherwise. I value the camaraderie of the other artists and enjoy interacting with the community.



Terry Lightfoot

Studio 11

Evolving as an artist, Terry Lightfoot has joined the diverse and creative artistic community thriving at The Foundry Artist Studios, where there is a rich exchange of ideas and supportive camaraderie. Exposure to this collaborative society of artists has added another level of experience and inspiration to her artwork.
Terry’s work consists of digitally created collages (produced as giclée prints made with archival quality inks on 100% cotton rag paper). Her surreal images arise as complete visions, and using collected found images, she transforms them into a finished piece. Her work uses repeated symbols and themes which come from a deeply personal space and tend to have several layers of meaning, some reflecting thoughts on the nature of consciousness (reality) and mankind's evolution, but also her own personal state at the moment of inspiration. For Terry these two topics are closely linked: “We are all on the same adventure!” 
Terry Lightfoot has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from USC, where she studied printmaking, painting and ceramics. She has been producing artwork throughout her life.



Walter H Hambly

Studio 3

I am a California artist and my medium is acrylic and wood. I do abstract paintings and Southwest folk art. My business card identifies me as an abstract and santero (saint painter). This gives me the space for creativity in two different worlds. Because of this, I would like to think that my art, whether it be on canvas or wood, is always evolving. My inspiration comes from my special needs students and my Mexican heritage. But most important, I just like painting and cutting wood.
As an artist we often tend to work in isolation. The Foundry has given me its valuable sense of community. As a group of artists working together in open art studios we can take our creativity to new heights; out of the box and comfort zone. Also as a group of artists, The Foundry can make a difference for the arts in our community. This allows a voice as a village within a village to influence the importance of the arts when planning the direction of ideas for community involvement and actions. I feel when artists are creating art or engaging in community activities we can become a cultural voice for all.
I earned a BA in arts/communications from Whittier College and teaching credentials and an MA in special education from National University/Chapman University. I also spent 15 years in the garment industry designing textiles and as a designer/merchandiser and 22 years as a special education teacher.

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