Visual Arts Faculty

Visual Arts Instructors

Photo of Amanda Keller Konya, photography instructor

Amanda Keller Konya


Keller Konya heads the Photography Program at Citrus College. and has a multifaceted photographic practice.  Her clients have included: CBS, Clear Channel, the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, Google’s Intersection, and Herrera MediaWorks.  Her personal work has been exhibited at a variety of cultural institutions including: The University of Texas Centennial Museum, The Annenberg Space for Photography, the Studio for Southern California History and the Angkor Photography Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Photo of Dr. Cathrine ‘Catie’ Besancon, art history instructor

Dr. Cathrine ‘Catie’ Besancon

Art History

With vast training in Art History, Dr. Besancon teaches a variety of classes at Citrus College, including the introductory surveys 100A and B as well as more specialized classes. In all of her classes, she makes an effort to expose students to a range of different approaches to art history—covering topics including culture, gender, politics, race and religion—and challenges students to actively engage with the materials under study. She is always excited to meet with students and can usually be found in her office, VA 126, so feel free to stop by with any questions.

photo of Dyane Duffy, studio and fine art instructor

Dyane Duffy

Studio/Fine Art

She holds an MFA in Painting from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Art from Chico State University. She also studied for one year at the Accademia de Bella Arti in Florence, Italy & was inspired to teach by her Beginning Drawing instructor while attending community college at the College of Marin, and has spent over ten years giving public lectures and demonstrations on acrylic paint as an Educational Advisor with Liquitex for the Southern California area.

Photo of Dr. Maryann Rachford, studio and fine art instructor

Gil Marquez

Digital Media

Gil Marquez is our newest member of the Visual Arts Program. He has acquired a bachelor's degree in Media Arts & Animation from the Art Institute and is nearing the completion of his thesis to earn his MFA in Animation & Visual Effects from The Academy of Art university, with over 30 years of industry experience in Game Art Design, Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, 3D Modeling, and Animation. He has post-secondary teaching experience as an adjunct professor at Chapman University, Norco College, Art Institute, Laguna College of Art & Design spanning the last 17 years. His talents earned him an Emmy while working as a Title Sequence Artist as part of a team producing an educational series "Understanding Chemistry in Our World." His vast experience in industry will provide our students with the breadth and depth of skills required to go into many Digital Design fields.

Photo of Dr. Maryann Rachford, studio and fine art instructor

Dr. Maryann Rachford

Studio/Fine Art

Dr. Maryann has an AA degree in Art, a BA in Studio Art (painting & printmaking emphasis), a MA in Design (graphic design & film art direction emphasis), a teaching credential in art, and an EdD in art education. In her “illustrious past” she has worked on, and in, feature films and commercials, been art and creative director for retail chains and advertising agencies, and established her own graphic design firm.

photo of Michael Hillman, ceramics instructor

Michael Hillman


Michael Hillman holds a Masters Degree in Art, and two Bachelors of Art in Ceramics and Art Education. Professor Hillman has been an educator and a practicing studio artist for the past 31 years, recently earning a commission to design the Glendora Gold Line Metro Station. Professor Hillman has received the Citrus College Distinguished Faculty Award and most recently the Shining Star award for Vision. His professional career experiences include working for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty, & with the City of Glendora. Professor Hillman started the Empty Bowl Project at Citrus College and for this was awarded the city of Glendora’s Humanitarian Award.

Visual Arts Adjuncts

photo of Alison Holmes, art history adjuct

Alison Holmes

Art History

Alison Holmes enjoys teaching a variety of courses at several Los Angeles area colleges, as well as at her alma mater, the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. She specializes in global-art, specifically Latin American and Asian art, as related to trade routes. Alison is certified as a Peer Online Course Reviewer and is an active contributor to open educational resources.

photo of Dana Attebery, studio and fine art adjunct

Dana Attebery


A native of Southern California, Dana studied photography at Citrus College, Pasadena City College and Art Center College of Design before starting his own business.  As a professional photographer for over 20 years his work has spanned many arenas from commercial, editorial to wedding photography. Dana teaches beginning photography, Portraiture On-Location and Business Practices for Photographers.

photo of Daniel Escalante, studio and fine art adjunct

Daniel Escalante

Studio/Fine Arts

Danny Escalante is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from CalArts and a MA from CSUN. He is a former board member of Monte Vista Projects. His work takes the form of sculptures, installations, and proposals for speculative works which materialize through physical geography and imaginary spaces.

photo of Susanna Maing, studio and fine art adjunct

Susanna Maing


Susanna Maing has been making and teaching art in Los Angeles and the wider Southern California area. Maing’s focus in her painting practice has been abstraction and in particular, how to embrace subtlety and perceptual play, to slow down looking in our increasingly fast-paced, image-consuming culture. In addition, immersing herself in the wilderness has informed her work in direct and indirect ways. Maing has exhibited her paintings at various galleries and artist-run spaces in Los Angeles.

photo of Jennifer Rochlin, studio and fine art adjunct

Jennifer Rochlin


Jennifer Rochlin lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Pit Los Angeles CA, Maki Gallery, Tokyo Japan, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY, Geary Contemporary, New York, NY, the Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, Lefebvre and Fils, Paris France, among others. She was a 2019 artist in residence at Citivella, NEA Fellow in Umbria IT, and a 2018 artist in residence at Lefebvre Fils, Versailles, France.

photo of Lori Fuller Rusch, art history adjunct

Lori Fuller Rusch

Art History

Lori has 15 of experience teaching art history online and face-to-face in both the university and community college environment in Southern California. She received her BA and MA in art history from Cal State LA and is proud to say she began her academic journey at Pasadena City College.

photo of Mark Wessel, studio and fine art adjunct

Mark Wessel

Studio/Fine Arts

Mark Wessel has been teaching drawing, figure drawing and design classes at Citrus college for twenty years, primarily figure drawing for the last twelve. He’s explored a variety of styles and media, but focused primarily on the figure, trying to bridge the divide between contradictions of style - fusing the surface appeal of non-objective abstraction with the illusions of three dimensional image making. The challenge he’s taken on is to take a centuries old subject and try to make it relevant to the times in which we live, adding something to the tradition.

photo of Robert Watkins, studio and fine art adjunct

Robert Watkins

Studio/Fine Arts

Robert Watkins attended Brigham Young University (BFA) and Art Center College of Design (MFA). More recently he attended Cal Poly Pomona and completed a California teaching credential. He began teaching at Citrus in 2001. Between 2005 and 2013 he taught drawing and design at two universities in South Korea. He currently teaches at both Citrus and Chaffey colleges.

photo of Samantha Roth, studio and fine art adjunct

Samantha Roth

Studio/Fine Arts

Samantha Roth is an artist and teacher who teaches 2D Design and Drawing classes at Citrus College. She loves teaching these subjects because they form a strong foundation for any art practice! Samantha moved to Los Angeles in 2008 from New York to attend the University of Southern California where she received her MFA.

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