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Like most Hobbits(s), Kelly was born and raised in Middle Earth. Growing up in the Shire she learned to mushroom-hunt, gather plants from the lands, as well as running barefoot on a daily basis. More importantly, she learned and honed the skill of drawing. She was a well-known artist of amongst her fellow Hobbits… Actually, that whole thing was made up entirely. Kelly was not born and raised in Middle Earth but in Jacksonville Florida on October 24, 1984. She could always draw but it was her Grandfather who really taught her the traditional way and how to hone in on those skills. She grew (figuratively) as an artist and attended Flagler College of Saint Augustine with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in the Graphic Design field in 2013. She has since pursued Illustration as she has always loved to create stories, whimsical characters, and fantastic places. This includes writing and illustrating children’s books. Currently, she is studying Character Design and hopes to one-day work at Nickelodeon as a character artist. Her other passion is acting. She has been in several stage productions including ‘Dracula’, ‘Steel Magnolias’, and ‘No Sex Please, We’re British’ as well as a short film, ‘Where Does It End?’ Her hobbies include cooking, ukulele, and anime. (PLEASE NOTE: Caricature depiction is actual size.)
Laura Van Cleave
I’ve been loving art as far as I can remember and knew I wanted to be an artist someday. I doubled majored in Art and Journalism at Rutgers University. A quick stint at a fine art and commercial graphics company in Philadelphia lead me to my 19 year career at a Fortune 500 company as manager of Creative Services. After years living in and around Philadelphia, PA, my husband was offered a great job opportunity in Jacksonville FL. In FL I began my most important career as a stay at home mom raising my two amazing kids. I kept artsy-busy with free-lance graphics and eventually stumbled into a job at my daughter’s elementary school that needed an art teach to take over an extended maternity leave. I loved teaching art to kids and went back to school to earn my Florida teaching Certificate in art. I worked 5 years job-sharing as an art teacher in our local elementary school. In 2010 I began teaching fine art with adults and senior citizens and still do working in watercolor, pencil, mixed-media and acrylics. Then Painting with a Twist Opened in 2014 and it sounded like the perfect place to enjoy teaching, painting and people! It has become what I call “my most fun job EVER!” My husband and I bought the studio in September of 2016. I hope to continue to make this studio be THE place in Jacksonville for the best FUN ART experience.
Matt’s art career began at the age of 14 when he designed his first logo for local boat charter company in his home town of Wakefield, Rhode Island. At age 17, he won the award for best student cartoon in the state by the Providence Journal, and soon after was awarded the Presidential Scholarship to study Illustration and 3D animation at the Savannah College of Art & Design. He has since worked in graphic design, motion graphics, sign design and production, screen printing, graphic recording, mural painting and web/ interactive design. Matt is currently spending his days working as an artist in residence for a non profit organization providing a fine art experience for the patients at a local children's hospital, and enjoys his evenings teaching with the folks at Painting with a Twist
I grew up in small town South Carolina, where a trip to the local grocery store was about as exciting an adventure as any you could find. I always loved nature and spent most of my childhood outside, daydreaming and exploring the woods that lay behind my family’s country home. My mother was an arts educator and always encouraged my artistic, contemplative tendencies, giving me my first sketchbook when I was about 7 years old. I immediately fell in love and knew my exploration of art would be a lifelong affair. After winning several county awards for my artwork in middle school, my identity as an artists was permanently fixed. There was no going back. After graduating high-school I began three years of intensive arts training at both Winthrop University and Greenville Technical College, where I poured myself into every assignment. During this period, I developed an interest in arts therapy and holistic wellness and eventually finished my undergraduate degree with an A.A. in Fine Art and a B.S. in Psychology- life coaching from Liberty University. I am currently gearing up to start a MA in Human Services/Counseling with an emphasis in both crisis response/trauma and health/wellness. My long term goal is to integrate the arts into a counseling/coaching practice, potentially within an inner city setting. I would also love to write and illustrate my own children’s books one day! My hobbies include running, yoga, finding cool places outside to hang up my hammock, reading anything and everything that interests me, working in my arts journal, and hanging out with lovely people whenever I get the chance. Working at Painting with a Twist fits very nicely into this last category! I’m so blessed to do what I love, while meeting such fun new people.
Artist Julie Wall is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Point Park College with degrees in Visual Art and Design and Visual Communications. She has also been a home decorator and stylist and loves to be creative in any form. She has been working as a professional artist doing murals and commissioned art work for the last 25 years. The last few years Julie has been enjoying chalk painting furniture, adding unique hand painted touches. Besides art she has a passion for her family and animals and serving the homeless. She also substitute teaches in St. John’s county and loves having the opportunity to positively influence children of all ages. Last but not least, she loves…..Painting with a Twist!!!!
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