Claudia Erzinger

Claudia Erzinger is the Center for Creative Exploration’s Executive Director. She started painting there in 2000, with Barbara Kaufman, CCE’s founder (watch her video here), and began teaching the intuitive painting practice in 2006. Claudia has also studied with Michele Cassou (the originator of the Point Zero Method of painting).


Claudia brings experience from many traditions and practices to her work with painters at CCE. In her 20s, she began formal training as a nurse and soon decided to specialize in hospice care, which she continues to this day. She has studied meditation, Buddhism, and Yoga. Claudia also engages in Soulwork—a form of inquiry rooted in deep listening and stillness, and the way of love—with Michael Regan.

Read Claudia's Personal Statement

Jan Haller

I am delighted to be a guest teacher at The CCE Painting Studio. This is a great time to be painting. The world needs creative responses to its challenges. Painting is one of those responses because it changes us. Painting in the way we do, we learn to live a creative life which, of course, touches all that we do. It is a vehicle for us to grow and expand and discover the potential of this life. This is what I love about painting.


In 1978 I started painting with Michele Cassou. This painting process was my first deep foray into my life and creativity. It was and is the form and measure for everything I do. Whatever I give to the painting is held in the great loving arms of the creative flow. I trust it and can be honest there.


In Michele’s studio in 1979 I met Barbara Kaufman. The friendship with Barbara was a deep long connection about painting, life, family, dreams and more painting. We taught together and co-founded a painting studio for children. In 1989 I moved to New Mexico and started Magic Brush Studio for children and adults. This year I was invited to teach in Malaysia and returned ready to take the show on the road.

I look forward to spending time with new and past painting friends.

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