The Digital Art Academy Community
Karen Bonaker

Welcome to Digital Art Academy Community

Karen Bonaker

Welcome to Digital Art Academy Community

Dream, Create, Inspire

About Me

I am a Corel Elite Painter Master, Certified Painter Instructor and long-standing member of the Corel Painter Advisory Board.

 I discovered Corel Painter twenty years ago, and have since enjoyed creating digital images. I believe traditional art principles can be applied digitally to produce artwork that defies distinction.

With my traditional art background and state-of-the-art skills, I have been able to bridge two worlds and teach students how to apply traditional painting techniques to the digital canvas working with Painter. I believe everyone can draw and paint, but they need to learn how to progress. I saw that need within the digital art community and I founded the Digital Art Academy in 2007 to help students achieve their artistic goals.

Why You Should Join

This community is devoted to digital painting with an emphasis on Corel Painter. This site is for students currently enrolled in our classes at the Digital Art Academy.

Here are just a few of the benefits of being a member of this very special community.


1. Continued support from two Elite Painter Masters, Karen Bonaker and Skip Allen.

2. Exposure! Our community is regularly monitored by Corel Marketing and User Experience administrators giving you the opportunity to have your work seen in a wider context. 

3. Dive deep into the subjects that matter most to you. Our online courses and community topics offer bonus resource materials for quick learning and give you everything you need to know without any filler. 

4. Enjoy and build relationships with your colleagues in digital art. 

5. Be the first to know about new updates, features, and classes revolving around your favorite painting program Corel Painter!

Digital Art Academy

Digital Art Academy (DAA) has trained hundreds of students over the years, and we believe you can learn, and you can grow. We stand for innovation, adaptability, appreciation, and humility when working with each other.

Our instructors are Painter Master Elite and Certified Painter Educators. We are open and transparent, and we are here to help you begin and succeed in your digital art journey!

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