Board of Directors

Our board of directors shares a commitment to keeping The Painting Experience true to its mission as the organization grows.

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Stewart Cubley – Board

Stewart Cubley

Founder and President

Shae Irving – Board

Shae Irving

Board Secretary


Robert Hardy – Board

Robert Hardy


Jean Matlack – Board

Jean Matlack

Assistant Secretary

Annie Rousseau – Board

Annie Rousseau

Board Member

Michele Reiner – Board

Michele Reiner

Board Member

Nancy Goldberg – Board

Nancy Goldberg

Board Member

Sarah Laskin – Board

Sarah Laskin

Board Member

  • Stewart Cubley

    For over four decades, Stewart Cubley has pioneered a way of integrative and creative living through the practice of process painting. His method is one of respectful questioning, inviting you to extend yourself into new areas of thought and feeling. Stewart has the ability to meet you where you are and to ask the right question at the right time. He is a down-to-earth teacher whose personal interactions allow you to see yourself differently in ways that can be life changing. Stewart travels throughout the world, teaching his unique approach to thousands of people at personal growth centers such as the Esalen Institute and the Omega Institute. He has brought his work to multinational corporations, programs in prisons and countless other public forums. Stewart is the co-author of Life, Paint & Passion, Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression (Tarcher/Putnam). He and his wife, Shae Irving, live in Fairfax, California and part of the year on their homestead near Denali Park, Alaska.

  • Shae Irving, Secretary

    Shae is a professional wordsmith with more than two decades’ experience working in print and online. Since graduating from U.C. Berkeley with degrees in Rhetoric and Law, she has written or edited books, essays, poetry, software manuals and hundreds of online articles spanning a wide range of topics, though her primary focus has been writing law and policy materials in plain English. Shae was grateful to discover The Painting Experience in 2001, finding that process work opens the imagination and creates a necessary resting place for the parts of the brain that love to think and talk. Shae has been the social media voice for The Painting Experience since 2008. She curates The Painting Experience blog and provides organizational and communications support to Stewart and the facilitators, always endeavoring to keep the mission of The Painting Experience close to her heart.

  • Robert Hardy, Treasurer

    As a young pup I wanted to be an artist when I grew up, but alas I went to school for an architecture degree and then jumped into engineering and project management in the commercial construction field. Over my career, I have worked on many hi-rise building projects, especially in San Francisco. During the times I have been overwhelmed by the nature of working to shepherd the chaos of building projects, Painting Experience retreats have grounded my soul to express what was held deep. It’s been well over 20 years now since connecting with Stewart and the different sacred spaces we worked in together. I always look forward to discovering what may spill out in vibrant color. Though I am still in the same daytime career, I believe it was The Painting experience that influenced my adventure into meditation and becoming an ordained Interfaith Minister. I look forward to participating and contributing to the Painting Experience as an essential gateway to those in search of their own healing and unique spiritual journey.

  • Jean Matlack, Assistant Secretary

    I grew up in the 50s, got married and had babies in the 60s, then went to graduate school and became a psychologist/psychotherapist in the 70s. Looking back, one of my most meaningful learning experiences were the times I spent with Marion Woodman, a Jungian, who used movement and mask-making as adjunct to dream work. I worked at a family treatment center, then at a college, and finally was in private practice in Washington DC. In 2000, I closed my practice, and moved full time into spiritual explorations. I painted with Aviva Gold ("Painting from the Source") for a while, then fumbled around for years trying to find a way to paint that worked for me until I happened on Life, Paint and Passion in a local library. I went to the Omega workshop in 2015 and have not stopped painting since. The development of online painting has brought process painting into my daily life at home in a very meaningful way. Taking the online course is deepening my understanding of what process painting is really about. I live in Rockport Maine with my long time husband. Our three grown children live in the Boston area. We have seven grandchildren. 

  • Annie Rousseau, Trainer and Senior Facilitator

    Annie Rousseau is senior facilitator and trainer for The Painting Experience. Annie has a background in non-profit organizations in Canada, both as an employee and as a board member. As an expressive arts educator and consultant, her purpose is to empower authentic expression in individuals through creative expression and the power of witnessing. She has over 20 years' experience as a facilitator and trainer, and is trained in expressive arts, psychology, fine arts, Hakomi counselling, coaching and creative business planning. Her company, Circle Tree Studios, in Courtenay, B.C. offers workshops and retreats, as well as online offerings using the arts to transform your life and your business. Annie is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) and Certified Hakomi Practitioner by the Vancouver Hakomi Education Network (VHEN) and is currently co-teaching Hakomi, a form of compassionate self-study in the Comox Valley, BC. 

  • Michele Reiner

    Michele Reiner, owner of MNR Consulting, has over 20 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector and a wealth of practice combining strategic thinking and outcome driven action. With a commitment to enriching individuals, families and communities through volunteerism, community building, and personal transformation, Michele inspires and leads people and organizations toward realizing their full potential through a continuous improvement approach. Prior to MNR Consulting, Ms. Reiner served as Executive Director of Cool Girls, Inc.  She and her husband, Jim, live in Atlanta GA and have three children. 

  • Nancy Goldberg, Board Member

    Nancy has been a member of The Painting Experience community for over ten years. Her daily painting practice has supported her personal growth in profound ways. Nancy is a participant in the online facilitation course, which has deepened her own practice. She intends to facilitate process painting groups in the future. Nancy brings her background as an educator, her lifelong commitment to transformative practices and her deep caring for the organization as it contemplates how it can most effectively adapt, grow and continue to transform lives.

  • Sarah Laskin, Board Member

    Sarah Laskin is an accomplished leader and facilitator with over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations on global programs in conservation, science, public engagement and storytelling. She currently serves as the Vice President for National Advocacy at the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C., where she works to engage the public in the cause of conservation. Prior to this, she spent 16 years at the National Geographic Society in their Science and Exploration Programs. Sarah discovered the Painting Experience in 2013 and has enjoyed developing her painting practice, both at workshops and at home, since then. She is also a participant in Stewart Cubley’s training course for facilitators.