About Artists



Laura Schedin Schlaht

Laura remembers clearly a 7th grade art assignment that made her fall in love with graphite drawing. Over the years she drew many portraits of loved ones, some better than others! Eventually Laura married and started raising her children. It was after the death of her 2-year-old son that she discovered colored pencils. Her first piece titled “Heaven’s Playground” featured her little boy with some other children that had passed away. It was a way to grieve and heal at the same time. Since then she has specialized in memorial portraits and that is her passion. “I just love starting with a blank piece of white paper and watching it come to life.”

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton

Patti Hoffert

Patti is a self-taught artist who lives with her husband, John.  She spends her time divided between their home in sunny Arizona and the remarkable beachside town of Pacific City, Oregon.  She 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 a wonderful instructor who told her she had talent. She quickly discovered a new passion – art!

Patti loves color and the wonderful textures that can be incorporated into a piece of art.  Her first passion is drawing and she spends a great deal of time working in graphite and pastels but also loves to work in acrylics. Her goal is to portray the beauty and wonder of nature – both human and in the world around us - with bright colors and bold moves.  Patti strives to convey feelings of hope and happiness through her work. 

Rose Perez

Rose Perez is a professional artist residing in Pacific City, Oregon, painting primarily in oils. Inspired by the beauty of the Oregon Coast as her favorite subject matter, Rose has specialized in painting seascapes, open ocean, boats, lighthouses and other scenes along the West Coast. The paintings are done with fine detail and accuracy of the ocean movements, color and light. Rose is a former member of the American Society of Marine artist.

In 2001 she was juried to exhibit at Coos Bay Art Museum, winning the "People's Choice" award for her painting "After the storm". In 2004 Rose was published on the 24th edition of the distinguished "Marquis Who's Who of American Women". Also published in 2006 the Diamond Anniversary 60th edition of Who's Who in America.

In 2005 Rose painted 7 canvases depicting the history of the Nestucca Indians of the Northwest Coast. An exhibit of the collection was shown at Tillamook Pioneer museum in Oregon. The Museum Board of Directors purchased all seven paintings of which are now on exhibit at the Museum. (All copyrighted in 2005) In 2009, all the Nestucca Indian paintings were published on a book, titled: "Nestucca River Country", Natives, Settlers and Settlements. On the front cover in color is one of Rose's paintings named "Nestucca Bay Cannery", (Circa 1890's)

In 2009, the Pacific City Dorymen Association had asked Rose to design a piece of work for the new "Dorymen Memorial Wall" to be placed at Cape Kiwanda, OR. Rose designed a large Dory for the focal point, showing Haystack Rock on the backgound and her signature seagull on the upper right, just above the Dory. The black granite plaque with Rose's design in gold and her signature on bottom left can be seen a Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, OR.Rose has been painting for over 40 years.

Rick Schanche
"I love to paint, painting is a release for me. I often let the paint do what it wants when I'm working. I usually create images with movement, sometimes subtle, and let the brushstrokes and color create and enhance that movement. To me the color and fresh rhythm of the brush and paint keep the image alive." 

Donna Ludwig

Born in Montrose, Colorado, and raised as a rancher's daughter, Donna developed a deep respect and love for the beauty of the great outdoors. From early childhood, Donna has been blessed with the ability to reflect nature's beauty by means of her art. From her early schooling and though her high school years, Donna had always been considered the "class artist". Her family recognized her talent and made it possible that, as an early teen, she be allowed to live and study art at the renowned, Colorado Instiute of Art in Denver. After high school her art education continued in Gunnison, Colorado where she majored in Art Education at Western State College.

Graduating from college in 1970, Donna and her husband moved their family, by this time 3 children, to rural Nevada where they began their life long careers teaching. Donna spent the next 30 years teaching art in the same classroom! During the 30 year span, Donna did not just settle in and teach and raise the children, she also found time to be a "part time" professional artist. However, it has only been since her retirement from the public education system in May of 2000 that Donna has had the time to pursue her art on a more "full time" basis.

For the last number of years, Donna has spent several months a year on the Oregon Coast and upon retirement from teaching is now able to spend much more time at her residence in Pacific City, Oregon. It is only natural, given the beauty of the Oregon coast, that Donna's artistic interest has leaned more and more toward seascapes. It is her presentation of the majestic Pacific Ocean which is gaining her more and more acclaim. Her use of the light and reflection of waves have become a focal point in her work.

Deb Justice

Deb majored in graphic and commercial arts in college in Eugene, Oregon. Following college she raised her two children and co-owned a graphics art company that produced work for many well known names like Disneyland, Kenny Rogers and Johnny Carson. 

As an Oregon coast resident she operated her Desert Moon's "Beachwood Gallery" for eight years.

In 2005 Deb made one of the hardest decisions in her career, to close the gallery and dedicate full time to her work as an artist. This was difficult for her as she truly loved the interaction with her customers, artists and clients in the gallery setting. She considered each as a personal friend.

She enjoys painting a variety of subjects and in many mediums and styles. She always has something new and interesting for her collectors to view and muse over. Perhaps she has already created that perfect piece for you!

Tammy Hayes

Aspiring New Artist

Tammy grew up in Southern California and from a very young age, was always interested in painting. From finger painting in kindergarten to poster painting in junior high and high school, she loved painting in detail anything she could find. It was in high school that she branched off into ceramics, winning 1st and 2nd place for a rooster cookie jar and vase that she made. But it was ultimately oil painting that became her passion.

Tammy has studied with Ruth Weathers and Donna Ludwig. Most recently for 5 years, Tammy has felt very fortunate to have been able to study with the famous Pacific Ocean artist, Rose Perez. Also Tammy has become a member of the (ASA) Artist Studio Association.

The ocean is inspiration for many of her paintings, "I have a love for the ocean and the sea life among it. Sometimes I feel like I would love to be a fish among the sea, free..."

Sandy Shepard

Sandy Shepard is well-known Alaska artist who has shown widely in Ketchikan and
elsewhere in Alaska. She has lived in Ketchikan since 1973 and in 2012 she and
her husband bought a home in Pacific City, Oregon where they spend part of each
year in addition to their time in Alaska.

Early in her art career Sandy took many college classes in drawing, printmaking,
watercolor and calligraphy. She has continued taking classes and workshops
throughout her career from well-known artists throughout the United States. Her
experiences included learning in many different media such as watercolor, oil and cold
wax, encaustic, pastels, acrylic, collage and mixed media.

Sandy had her first solo show in April 2004 in Ketchikan. The show was very
successful and she regularly shows in at least three local galleries there. Inspired by
the natural beauty in southeast Alaska and Oregon, her work is often based on nature
and the out of doors. She often exhibits at local shows and galleries in Oregon. In the
past years she has won many awards in Alaska through the Arts Guild and the
Ketchikan Arts and Humanities Council juried art shows.

She is an active member of the Ketchikan Arts and Humanities Council and a member
of the Silverton Arts Association and Lincoln City Arts Council in Oregon. She also
teaches classes and workshops through Southeast Alaska.