Meet Your Teachers

Alan Cannaday founded Mesa Art Studio in Murray Utah in 2012 with his second wife. Re-establishing his studio in Hayden ID in 2019. Teaching, Construction and Art are Alan’s passions! Alan has taught for 10+ years in various subjects and mediums. Alan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology and Engineering from Utah State University and has taught all ages and all grades and levels in College, Public, Charter and Private schools, in AZ, UT, and ID. charter and private schools, in both art and education. Alan wanted to give his artists an opportunity to learn realistic drawing skills without restricting creativity. Alan has attended numerous seminars and art courses over the years, developing his own style and method. Alan has the ability to build self-esteem where others have failed, even those with learning and physical difficulties. Alan enjoys being part of the ‘aha’ moment when a artist catches on to the magic secrets of drawing and painting!

Rhonda lives in the silver valley with her firefighter husband Frank, of almost 30 years, along with their son Frankie. Her daughter Maddy lives in Utah and works as a cardiac ICU nurse. They are a family of service. Rhonda’s background is in special education, mainly within autism. She had the privilege of working one on one with an autistic student for over ten years. They worked together through elementary, middle and high school. One of her proudest moments was when her student graduated from high school and then went on to college and was very successful! Her patience and compassion are just a few of her stronger attributes. She enjoys decorating and restoring their 1929 home in Kellogg. Rhonda will be an amazing addition to the art studio and she is looking forward to helping and guiding our students to achieve success.