Ann Kingslan, MDA developed and refined the VALUE scale system of mixing of color and application. She is an active member of the Society of Decorative Painters since 1972. She was certified as a Master Decorative Artist in 1976. Ann has served as President and Recording Secretary of the National Society and has worked on the committees of Teachers, Judges and Nominating. She was awarded the Silver Palette Award in 1986 for her outstanding contributions to the National Society. In 1998 she was awarded the President's Commendation Award by Anne Emerson.
Ann has taught decorative painting continuously since 1969, authored several art theory publications, magazine articles, lesson plans, videos, teaching programs, and developed her own line of signature brushes. Ann has three children (Rick, Jr. and Kathleen) and 7 grandchildren.
Mary Kingslan Gibilisco, CDA, BFA has had a lifelong interest in art. She began studying art formally in 1979 at the University of Nebraska and in 1984 graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Fine Art and a minor in Art History. After several years in the fine art world, Mary turned her full attention to decorative art in 1986. In 1989 she received her CDA (Certified |Decorative Artist) distinction from the Society of Decorative Painters. Mary served three years on the SDP Teacher's committee with two years as the chair. She was elected to the SDP Nominating Committee. Mary received the Silver Palette from SDP in 2013 - the highest award for noteworthy and exceptional contributions in furthering the purposes of SDP. She is currently the chair of SDP's Education Committee.
In 1998, Mary worked on Nebraska's Governor's Mansion restoration project supplying four original paintings that are now a part of the permanent collection of the mansion.
Mary teaches in her Omaha, Nebraska studio as well as across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Mary is married to John Gibilisco, a theatrical designer and together they have Christopher (30 - a PhD candidate) and Anna Marie (21 - studying sports medicine). Mary has over created over 100 instructional DVDs, has written for all of the major art publications, published 8 books along with her mother Ann Kingslan, MDA.
In her spare time, Mary teaches Ballroom Dance as part of the social and emotional learning curriculum to 5th graders in the public schools in the metro Omaha area. Another passion is reading and she tries to read at least one book per week!