Meet the Team

Paul Holtz

Founder and CEO of Class on Demand, Paul Holtz is a 20+ year accomplished producer of award-winning training productions for leading video technology, and an Online Education Training Partner to Corel, Pinnacle and Avid. Paul is dedicated to sharing his expertise covering wide-ranging technology topics including Audio and Video production, IT, Sales, Marketing and Engineering for professional and consumer video enthusiasts all over the world.
With a focus on a creative vision for media users, Paul launched Studio Backlot, a...

Skip Allen Painter Master

Skip Allen has been working in Corel Painter since June of 2008, but has used Corel products since the inception of CorelDRAW. A potter for nearly 3 decades, Skip has been involved with the arts professionally for 55 years. Currently he is allegedly retired, but he teaches for the Digital Art Academy and keeps a pretty active blog, Skip Allen Paints. Named a Corel Master Painter in 2012, Skip says, “Corel Painter has enhanced my life and given me...

Karen Sperling Content Contributor

Karen Sperling wrote the very first Corel Painter manual when the program debuted in 1991. She subsequently went on to write the manuals for the next several versions of Painter, in addition to writing several published Painter books, including her bestselling Painting for Photographers. Karen has taught and demonstrated Painter for over 20 years in major venues including Disney Animation, the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and WPPI national conventions.
Learn more about Karen and her work at the following...

Karen Bonaker Painter Master Elite

From the time Karen was very young, she enjoyed painting on whatever she could get her hands on and that included the walls of her house! She discovered the software program “Corel Painter” fifteen years ago and has since then has enjoyed creating artwork using a tablet and stylus. The same principles can be applied to painting digitally as in traditional media painting. The technique of “painting with digital light” enables her to have command of skills that are...

Jeremy Sutton Painter Master

JEREMY SUTTON is an internationally recognized Corel Painter Master who has used Painter for over twenty three years, since it’s first version. He is the author of numerous books, videos and DVDs on Painter, including the acclaimed Painter Creativity: Digital Artist’s Handbook series of books. He is the founder of, the online digital art training web site, and is a long time Painter Beta Team and Corel Painter Advisory Council member. A former Oxford University trained Physicist who...

Jane Conner-ziser Content Contributor

Jane Conner-ziser is a pro photographer, artist, retoucher, painter, author, expert in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw, Corel Painter and a host of third party software and plugins, including NIK Software, Graphic Authority, xRite and Wacom. Jane specializes in fine art portraiture, photo retouching, portrait arts and fine art image manipulation. She has over 30 years of working and teaching experience in the professional photography and retouching industry.

Helen Yancy Content Contributor

An internationally recognized artist, author and Corel® Painter™ instructor, Helen Yancy has shared her style and techniques across America and in Canada, Asia and Europe. Her DVD Tutorials have launched many a career, motivating and inspiring artists and photographers to pursue their passion and expand their horizons with a different kind of brush, incorporating the amazing brushes and tools of digital painting software. After selling her first painting at the age of 12, she began working in a photographic...

Heather Michelle Painter Master

Heather Michelle is an artist and Corel Painter Master. She was born with a paintbrush in hand. From early on she would paint anything with any medium she could find. Walls were never a solid color but covered with anything, from murals depicting Da Vinci-esque life-sized washes, to portraits on ceilings.
In 2003, Heather discovered Corel Painter and was hooked for life. Fusing her two passions, photography and painting, she created offering wholesale digital artwork to photographers worldwide. She...

Greg Banning Painter Master

Greg Banning is a well-established illustrator based in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Over the past twenty years his work has been seen on many diverse projects. Some of which include the new Brawny Man for Brawny Paper Towels, the cover of Maclean’s Magazine, a coin design for the Royal Canadian Mint, and several children’s books, most recently “Go Ahead and Dream” for HarperCollins.
His nostalgic, realistic style is sought out by major clients in Canada, the USA and the UK.
Other clients...

Douglas A. Sirois Content Contributor

Doug Sirois was born and raised in Massachusetts. He graduated from the Art Institute of Boston in 2001 earning himself a BFA in illustration. He has since illustrated and designed everything from children’s book covers and cd covers to clothing and apparel. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in illustration at CalState, Fullerton in 2009. He currently resides in Massachusetts with his beautiful wife Jenn, son Micah, and his dog Miles. Clients in the past have included...

Don Seegmiller

Don Seegmiller is a successful artist, author and instructor. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Don has been teaching at the university level for 17 years. He is a member of the faculty and coordinates the Illustration Area of the Art and Visual Communication Department at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT. Don teaches both traditional and digital painting, and conducts classes for the Academy of Art University online.
Don conducts...

Cher Threinen-Pendarvis Content Contributor

An award-winning artist and author, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis has always worked with traditional art tools. A native Californian, her art is a reflection of the inspiring travels she made with her family around the Pacific Rim — Hawaii, the Philippines, Japan, and Hong King, to name a few. A pioneer in digital art, Cher has created illustrations using the Macintosh computer for nearly three decades. She has been widely recognized for her mastery of Painter, Photoshop and the Wacom pressure-sensitive...

Carlyn Beccia Content Contributor

Carlyn Beccia is an author and illustrator and has received numerous awards for her work. Her latest release, I Feel Better with a Frog in my Throat was the nonfiction picture book Cybil Award winner, Parent’s Choice Silver Honor medalist, an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio award winner and received a Silver Honor from the California Reading Assoication’s Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards.

Aaron Rutten Artist / Content Contributor

I’m a Seattle based artist and educator who has exhibited and sold artwork in countries all around the world. I share my illustration techniques as video tutorials on my YouTube channel which features hundreds of video tutorials that teach nearly every aspect of digital painting with Corel Painter. Students have traveled from as far away as Qatar to study in person with me.
In my studio, I use a Wacom Cintiq 24HD and I paint outdoors on a Wacom Cintiq...

Aaron Blaise

For 21 years Aaron Blaise worked with Disney helping to create some of the greatest animated films ever made. During that time he worked as an animator or supervising animator on “The Rescuers Down Under”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, “Pocahontas”, “Mulan” and more.
In 2003 he was co-director of “Brother Bear” for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.
After “Brother Bear” he helped to develop several projects but ultimately left Disney to...

Suzanne Smith Content Creator

Suzanne Smith has been a Corel UK employee since 2002 and has an in-depth knowledge of Corel products. Working first as a technical support agent for German and Dutch customers, Suzanne has been providing corporate product training now for many years as well as regularly attending UK and European trade-shows where she provides Corel customers with all-day seminars, showcasing the latest software tools that can be used to develop skills and enhance business potential.

Steve Bain Author/Content Contributor

Steve is a communication consultant working in hardware and software development industry. He is also the founder of Definio Communications, Inc. whose mission is to help companies migrate from print-based authoring to cloud-based knowledge delivery. In his younger days, Steve worked as publications designer, technical graphic illustrator, photographer, and publishing specialist before the advent of digital technology. He was also an early adapter of digital illustration software and later added “writer” to his skill set, which enabled him to...

Stefan Lindblad CorelDRAW Master

Stefan Lindblad has been in the graphics profession working with CorelDRAW and PHOTO-PAINT since 1997. He took a break from art and illustration at age 31, working with other things. Then the lust came back again, after two years, and he remembered what it was he wanted to work with. He registered his own company as a freelancer and has worked with it full time since then.

Joseph Diaz CorelDRAW Master

Joseph Diaz is a graphic designer and sign artist who grew up working in a family-owned sign shop, Diaz Sign Art, which has been providing quality signs and designs for well over thirty years. Joseph started by sweeping the shop floors at the family business as a kid, and when he showed interest in what his parents were doing, they began teaching him how to layout signs. Before long he was creating simple layouts, and by high school he...

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