About us:

Mary Kearney Hull

The Hull Art Academy is locally owned and operated by Mary Kearney Hull. Mary attended school at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and holds a degree in art from the University of Central Arkansas. She teaches classical skills and conceptual art for a total well rounded package of skills and creativity. Mary’s artwork has been shown around the country and was recently apart of the 2017 International Women’s Works and also exhibited at the Reese Museum and many more. She has had work published in Poet and Artists international art magazine and the “Nature Inspired” international art book.

Mary travels around the country studying under well-known artists and wanted to bring that experience to the DFW area in a grand style with classes and workshops in an environment built around treating the artists and students with hospitality, professionalism and exposure to top-notch artists. The Hull Art Academy offers a large variety of courses for a wide range of students. Mary has a successful record of working with students to create portfolios for college admissions and has created workshops and classes offering portfolio building and college student preparedness. The Hull Art Academy is a professional art studio and gallery where adult students gather for live model sessions and also for art classes for any experience level. The Academy works with local and international artists through visiting artists, workshops, internships and classes.

Barbara Hack

Barbara Hack’s work is an ongoing reflection on people and their emotions. Working predominantly in painting mediums, Barbara relishes the challenge of realistic portraiture, and her subject matter reflects her love for figurative work. But she pushes beyond realism, as well, in her desire to capture resonant moments in time. Her work pursues figures from the past with their moods and their contexts. Ephemeral figures are momentary presences that are nonetheless powerful enough to make lasting, even shaping, impressions. Barbara attempts to understand these figures and their ephemerality and to share that understanding with others.

Barbara received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting after intensive study in Europe and additional training in New York. Since then, she has continued to harness her artistic talents to drive her professional career. Work in portraiture, fashion illustration, and as a courtroom artist have all allowed Barbara to challenge herself with alternative contexts for figurative artistry, and in a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, graphite, and charcoal. . Barbara teaches studio artist’s classes to teens and adults where her love of art and her desire to create quality art for herself is a wonderful influence on her students.


Anastasiya Chy-Fender

Anastasiya is in international artist and art professor at the University of Texas in Arlington, Huntington Fine Arts and Cooper Union. She is teaching drawing courses at the Hull Art Academy.




Artist Statement:


Hello! As my name suggests I am a Russian-American; I have lived most of my life in US but my portraiture heavily reflects my Russian soul and tradition.


In my work I focus primarily on realist portraiture in charcoal and oil. I am most interested in portraying the emotional state and inner character of my subjects. Motherhood, childhood, and elderly people are my favorite subjects due to their special state of vulnerability in relation to the big world around us.


My study years (that never cease to continue) were spent in architecture schools as well as in art schools. I have two professional degrees in architecture (BArch and MArch), one of which is from the world  renowned Cooper Union School of Architecture. At Cooper I got to work with some famous designers and artists, including Sue Gussow, Lebbeus Woods, Diane Lewis etc. learning from them a deeper meaning of visual art that propels me to this day. Currently I focus solely on art, but my architecture background thoroughly informs my sense of structure, anatomy, color, and of corse space.

Brian Isaacson

Office Manager



Brian studied architecture & anthropology at The University of Texas at Arlington and holds a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Brian manages all aspects of the store, administration duties, and office procedures. He also models for the figurative classes. He is an important part of the Hull Art Academy.


Elizabeth Hull

Elizabeth Hull is the program director of summer programs and workshop development at the Hull Art Academy. She is creating programs for university students that wish to have experience in an academic and gallery setting. She has a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Central Arkansas. Elizabeth has taught fine arts at the college level and for Corsicana Middle School., as well as, teaching computer animation and web design. Elizabeth has shown paintings and photography in galleries and shows around the United States and has also interned with artists in New during her academic years. As program director of summer programs and workshop development, she is creating programs for university students that wish to have experience in an academic and gallery setting.

All student levels are welcome! Please contact the Academy if you have suggestions for additional curricula or would like private lessons.

1404 W. Hebron Parkway #100, Carrollton, Texas 75010