Meet Parachute

Raychel Long/ Owner and Creative Director

As an art teacher fueled by a passion for social impact, Raychel incorporates in an optimistic worldview through education on global issues.  Her curriculum is designed to engage children socially and emotionally while building confidence and an in-depth knowledge of the visual arts.  She has been designing art curriculum for kids for over 10 years. Her work designing and implementing art programs has spanned cruise ships, vacation destinations, at schools and in homes. Raychel is a catalyst for the growing art scene in San Diego.   She is the founder of a local arts organization called Dream Fair, which holds monthly dinner parties for artists to network and collaborate on their projects. She is on a mission to inspire artists to use art as a medium for sharing the message of a better, more balanced world.  

Ashley Mazanec/ EcoArts Program Co-Designer and Teaching Artist

Years of performance, composition, and development as a sculptor under internationally-acclaimed ocean artist Mark MacKay sparked Ashley’s interest in ecology. In 2016, she founded EcoArts Foundation to inspire the regeneration of Earth’s ecosystems. She has since advanced this mission by producing eco-themed music, an EcoArts municipal TV show, educational eco art events, and a podcast exploring ecological topics through the eyes of artists. A partner and affiliated artist at the Climate Science Alliance, she has been endowed with generous awards in the eco art field. She combines a  history of speakerships on arts in environmental affairs with after-school program leadership, curriculum design for school garden rain barrel programs, and experience teaching music and art in Portland schools.

Anh Pham/ Paint Party Teaching Artist

Anh Pham was born in Saigon, Vietnam and currently lives in Baja, California. There he works, paints and lives as an Artist. Using techniques in every imaginable medium, he creates a very colorful and vibrant style. Whether it is in the realm of realism, portraiture, landscapes, wildlife and abstract, Anh Pham captures motion, stillness, emotion and thought in his art.
Being a self taught refugee from Vietnam, he was able to understand an array of different mediums, getting to know each intimately. Although he chooses the airbrush over all else, he loves the marriage between airbrush and oil painting, the capabilities or water and colored pencils and the mending of acrylics with mediums. By learning and then giving back, this cycle reflects art created by both a teacher and student of life.