Studio H Team

Pooneh Rafsha is passionate about color. She grew up in an artistic family in Tehran, Iran, and studied Painting & Drawing at AAU. She believes that artists should not be restricted to a single medium. Pooneh’s personal art experience includes oil paints, acrylic, gouache, colored pencil, charcoal, and pastels. She uses shapes and colors to capture invisible dynamics between different elements, and to evoke a story with her paintings.

Iris Heffes  “I want to provide you the space and knowledge that will help reach your artistic aspiration. A place that encourages creativity and uniqueness, guide you in building your art portfolio, and helps you grow as an artist where you can follow your dreams.” 
Iris graduated from H I T (The Center of Technology Education, Holon) with a major in Industrial Design and teaching diploma. She also studied two years of ceramic art at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. As an artist Iris mostly paints abstract and Sculpt figurative.  


Kelsey Zwarka recently received her MFA from Alfred University, New York, where she studied and taught ceramics and drawing. Her ceramic practice consists of large colorful abstract sculptures that provoke associations to landscape and the human body. Kelsey pulls inspiration from historical and contemporary perceptions of beauty when constructing the formal compositions. In education, she believes that good humor and patience are key components for success. Kelsey creates learning environments where students develop language, ideas, and skills that contribute to their artistic growth and sense of community.

Em Hernandez graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelors in Art Education. She works as a freelance illustrator and runs a jewelry shop. Em loves to work across different mediums but her favorites are drawing, digital art, and polymer clay sculpture. She’s inspired by mythology and nature would describe her art style as whimsical and dramatic. Her philosophy is that art making should be playful, and the process

Nikita Young  is a full-time artist who was born in South Korea, where she developed a passion for art. She earned an AA in Fashion Design from An-Yanng University in Korea. Nikita came to the United States in her twenties and earned an AA in Fine Art from OCC. Nikita has been an Artist in Residence at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts for the past several years.
Nikita sculpts from a live model, capturing in a figure the essence of that person’s humanity, and the fleeting beauty and harmony of expression on both face and form. Her art is a momentary stillness of movement, of life, capturing of pleasure both ephemeral and everlasting.Through art, Nikita hopes to stimulate the perception of deeper feeling in others.

Sylvie Roux A French Native, mother, artist, and chef. “Art for me is emotional and I love to share my passion with kids. My goal is to give them a lot of freedom to explore their possibilities.” -Sylvie Roux

Nino Narimanidze received her MFA in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. After resuming her studies at Moscow State University of Ivan Fedorov-Department of book graphics, she worked on book illustration and was an artistic editor for many publishing houses, and prepared illustrations for many Georgian and foreign authors. Nino worked as a Professor at the Academy of Art, Cairo, Egypt where she taught academic drawing, painting, sculpture, fig­ure, sketching, human anatomy, landscapes, portraits and perspective basics. In 2012, Nino moved to the USA, she was granted an Extraordinary Ability Alien status for her accomplishments. 

Mari Takeyama Since graduating Chapman University in 2012 with a B.A. in Art, Mari works as a freelance Concept and Production Artist in the film and gaming industries. She has contributed to a variety of independent films, commercials, music videos, and prototype footage for major motion picture studios. Currently designing for local fantasy board games and video game hardware, Mari also has experience commercializing her own line of personal artwork as well as classical fine art commissions. She specializes in drawing and sketching techniques, and has been teaching at Studio H for the past 4 years.

Krys McIntyre  grew up in Utah, where she studied Cultural Anthropology. She works for Studio H as the office and class coordinator helping parents, students, and instructors. Krys is a permaculture enthusiast, a mystic, and a nature lover. She enjoys drawing with pencil and charcoal and making mixed media collage pieces.