CEO | Culture Shifting Artist

Karen is extremely dedicated to the creative process - in every aspect of life.  Running a business requires an immense amount of ingenuity, agility, perseverance and stamina. For Karen, it's all about the process, ever evolving and innovating.  Karen considers Root Studio her most important creative work to date.


Her desire is to encourage others to unplug and spend time exploring, dreaming, conjuring curiosity, and to just “be”.  Enjoy the moment.


Her interests are studies in neuroscience + creativity, community building + the built environment.  Prior to raising two daughters, her former life was spent as a general contractor in the DMV - a great introduction to how things are made, and her curiosity continues as she creates as environment to what she believes is critical in fostering a healthy community: Root Studio.


Program Director | Audio + Digital

Marc is a professional audio engineer and music producer with extensive experience in the recording industry. With 2 Grammy awards for engineering, he’s worked with artists such as Ziggy Marley, Roger Waters, Rage Against the Machine, Madonna and many others who have all been inspirational, sharing unique lessons of the musical process and personal approach to their craft.


Marc is passionate about music’s ability to influence emotional transformation, the exciting frontier of sound for wellness applications, and sharing his knowledge and experience with

the Root Studio community.


Co-Director | Creative Wellness

Duane Lutsko paints the American landscape of the highway, industry, and the unassuming imagery we generally turn a blind eye to. His motif is the amalgamation of the hardware and paraphernalia, left in the wake of development, on the American landscape. His painting has received recognition from the Maryland State Arts Council in an Individual Artist Award Grant, and in 2009 Duane received first place in the Maryland Federation of Art American Landscape exhibition.

He has a B.A. in Fine Arts and Painting from UCLA and has been an instructor at MICA here in Maryland as well as the Catonsville Alternative School in Baltimore teaching at-risk youth. Duane's philosophy of teaching to the visual/spatial/kinesthetic domains of the brain provides his students with alternative strategies for success and for critical thinking skills.


Facilitator - Writing

Faye McCray is an author, poet, playwright and essayist whose work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Little Patuxent Review, For Harriet, Black Girl Nerds and other popular publications. She is the editor-in-chief and cofounder of Weemagine, a website devoted to celebrating and inspiring all children and the people who love them. Faye's most recent work,

I Am Loved! is a collection of positive affirmations for children.


Faye is a practicing attorney with a Bachelor's Degree in English.  She is also a Master's in Writing candidate at Johns Hopkins University. In Faye's spare time, she enjoys hiking and

biking with her husband and young sons.


Program Director | Photography

Anne is a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and is President of the state affiliate Maryland Professional Photographers Association (MDPPA) where continued education and community are a top priority.  Anne received the President's Award and the Ron Coss Award for service to the Association, and the top honor of the PPA National Award for service to the Photographic Industry.


Anne brings a unique lens with her vast experience in the arts from studying at Parsons School of Design, Paris and under Denis Brihat in Lacoste, France, and working at the National Gallery of Art in the Department of Design.


Loebig Ink Marketing | Professional Development & Open Mic MC

Brian Loebig has over 15 years of experience in web technology, Internet advertising and social media strategies with a special emphasis on search engine optimization (SEO). He has an award winning technology blog called and has presented keynote speeches and workshops on social media for many organizations including the Project Management Institute, United States Senate Productivity and Quality Award of Virginia, The Virginia Forum for Excellence, American Health Care Association, the University of Maryland Department of Art and others.

Brian is also a multi-instrumentalist having performed with a Wisconsin Area Music Industry nominated bluegrass band and has helped develop and manage several live music coffee house, open mic, house concert and live music venues from Milwaukee to Philadelphia.


Facilitator - Print & Bookmaking

Sarah Matthews’ work has been exhibited in the US and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, University of Puget Sound, and Samford University.

Mrs. Matthews is a 2016 MA Art & the Book graduate from the Corcoran College of Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  Mrs. Matthews also received an MBA with a Marketing Concentration in 2005 and a BS in Sociology in 2000 from Bowie State University in Bowie, MD.

Mary Ruth's Press is named after her paternal grandmother, Mary Ruth Bowens, who was an elder, singer, and poet. Her life's work is truly an inspiration to her granddaughter.  Mrs. Matthews currently teaches printmaking and bookbinding as an Adjunct Faculty at Anne Arundel Community College and Howard Community College and as an Art Instructor at the Columbia Art Center in Maryland.