Meet Our Instructors

Mary Flack

Mary Flack founded Insight Fine Art Studio in 2016. After teaching art for 17 years at various locations, including private studios, high schools, colleges and park districts,  Mary wanted to create a studio where kids and adults could study painting and drawing in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Mary earned a BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and an MFA from the American Academy of Art in Chicago.  She  has won numerous awards for her artwork and creates commissioned paintings and portraits for select clients. Her paintings have been widely collected, and her work can be found at maryflackfineart.com

Deb Anderson

Deb Anderson paints still life and landscapes in oil, both in her Glenview studio and outdoors, on location. The practice of painting helps her perceive the world more clearly, and encourages a deeper appreciation for our surroundings.

Deb grew up in rural Michigan and later earned a B.A. in Art from North Park University in Chicago. She is also a freelance graphic designer, and has taught classes in digital illustration and digital imaging at the college level. 

Her paintings have sold across the country and internationally. She has received numerous awards for art. She exhibits with the Glenview Art League, Gallery 1070 in Chicago and the Danon Gallery in Evanston.  Deb's work can be found at 

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Vivian Zapata

Visual artist Vivian Zapata creates multimedia artworks. Her exuberant and fantastic artworks investigate the ruptured relationship between Western culture and the natural realm and seem to be culled from a dystopian future that reflects this inharmonious relationship. The work incorporates narrative strategies to support nature-endorsing philosophies such as deep ecology and romanticism. The anthropomorphization of nature in her artwork recognizes the interconnectedness between humans and the natural realm, our spiritual and physical similarities, and works against our cultural assumptions regarding this sphere.

Chicago-born Vivian Zapata holds an MFA in visual art from Washington University in St. Louis and a BFA in painting and sculpture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Vivian has more than five years of teaching experience for leading educational institutions. You can see her artwork on her website, www.vivianzapata.com.

Devin Pokraka

Devin Pokraka is a fine artist who works primarily with oil, pastels and watercolor. Her work is typically figurative and tends to encompass a playful and humorous narrative that reflects her joyful spirit. She studied Fine Arts at New Hampshire Institute of Art and received her BFA in 2019.  She is a very family oriented person because she is the oldest of ten siblings. Her work represents her unique upbringing, as she is most motivated by the people and experiences in her life. Devin grew up on Brockton, Massachusetts and  is now currently living and working in Chicago, IL. 

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