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Claudia Erzinger

Claudia Erzinger brings experience from many traditions and practices to her work with painters at the Center for Creative Exploration. 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 also began studying Meditation, Buddhism, and Yoga. In 2000, she started painting with Barbara Kaufman, founder of CCE.


Since 2010, Claudia has been doing Soulwork - inquiry rooted in deep listening and stillness, the way of love -  with Michael Regan.  Through continued exploration in painting and in ongoing teacher trainings with Michele Cassou, founder of Point Zero Painting, Claudia continues to deepen her understanding of the painting process and creativity.

“I feel deep gratitude for Barbara, my teacher and mentor in this way of painting for nearly 20 years. She helped me see my potential as a guide myself, and she supported me in finding my own voice. I am honored and privileged to support and guide other painters, allowing the natural unfolding of their process, in painting and in life. My vision is for CCE to be a place where everyone can explore their process, and the mystery that connects all of us.”

Claudia teaches adults and kids in weekly painting classes and workshops at CCE.


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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