Jennifer is originally from Tampa, Fl and relocated to Asheville in 2015. She worked at Painting with a Twist in Tampa for 1 year before moving. She graduated from the University of South Florida with her B.F.A. in Drawing and from the University of Florida with her M.A. in Art Education. Jennifer previously taught high school art for 6 years, but now is focusing on being a professional artist and photographer.
Bonnie loves living in Asheville and has always had a passion for art & animals. She received her B.A. in English Literature and minored in Studio Art at UNCW. With experience in both acrylic and oil mediums as well as ceramics, she enjoys painting wildlife, faraway places, and making mugs for her friends. She has volunteered at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington and participated in a few art shows herself; the 46th Annual Fall Foliage Festival in Waynesboro, Virginia, Gallery 44 in Brevard, NC and also sells local art prints & other artwork merchandise in the North Carolina Arboretum's Gift Shop. Like many people, she is a big fan of Bob Ross, and now that she's instructing painting classes at Painting With a Twist, along with her previous practice of Wildlife Rehabilitation, she and Bob have even more in common! Bonnie believes that painting can be such a therapeutic activity to do- both fun and relaxing- a perfect creative outlet as well as a rejuvenating escape for any and everyone. She donates 10% of her artwork (Wild Oakview Studio) sales to the WNC Nature Center.
Erin has been involved in the arts, from performing to painting, since the 7th grade! She performs as a Living Statue (aka The Granite Goddess), for festivals and special events and she makes all of the costumes and props for her various statue personalities. She is an actor & director who works on short films and plays from time to time. She recently adapted a short novel her brother wrote into a play and produced it at The Actor's Center of Asheville. She loves to travel, so much so that she works for United Airlines part-time. Her favorite destination so far has been Kenya! In her spare time, Erin likes to cook, listen to podcasts and hike with her husband, step-daughters and their dog, Hugo!
Bryan came to Painting With a Twist after years of frustration in trying to find creative work in both over-saturated art towns and a shambling economy. As a Type-A personality (probably from birth) in recovery, he knows full-well the hamperings of perfectionism and its illusory security. The REAL answer is to do something brave everyday! Armed with a B.F.A. in Illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design, Bryan is well equipped to help you conquer your creative fears, and tap into your own unique, creative superpowers, and trust us, you have them! Speaking of superpowers, this guys is a walking Marvel Universe dictionary! Bry's message: Your unique vision is beautiful and truly valuable.
Daniel recently moved to the beautiful mountains of Asheville with his wife and daughter from Houston, Texas where he managed for a growing health food concept as well as worked for a couple of Painting With A Twist studios. Born and raised in Louisiana, Daniel began his career as an artist from a young age. He is able to pull from his years of study as a student of architecture and experience as a freelance graphic designer and apply those skills to his professional oil paintings. His photo-realistic work ranges from landscapes and seascapes to figurative and portraiture. In 2014, Daniel published his first (written/illustrated) children's book, "Where May I Pray?" Asked Ella Mireau. With his second book nearly complete, he hopes to continue creating dialogue between children and parents about social acceptance and civil liberties. When Daniel isn't painting, he fans his passion for coffee as a small coffee vendor in downtown Asheville. His spare time involves hiking and exploring the WNC area...usually with a local craft beer in hand!
Elizabeth fell in love with our Blue Ridge Mountains while spending her summer here two years ago. At that time she was an art teacher in Wilmington NC, teaching art to grades preschool through 8th grade at a local private school. Elizabeth starting teaching at this school after graduating from UNC Wilmington with a B.A. in Studio art, that was concentrated in painting and collage arts.
While having a strong passion for painting and collage art, she also thoroughly enjoys making and selling dream catchers in her free time. Elizabeth’s dream weaving focuses on the importance of following one’s dreams, and hopes that her dream catchers encourage that. Elizabeth is very excited to be working here at PWAT and feels that instructing here is not only a passion, but is also therapeutic, and she hopes that you feel the same way when taking her class!
Arielle Max Drisko is a visual and performance artist who recently moved to Asheville with her husband and soon to be baby from Austin, Texas. She worked for a couple of Painting with a Twist studios there and is so happy to be welcomed into the Asheville PWAT family. Prior to living in Asheville, she hails from New York, where she first learned to love paintings by spending many long hours getting lost in the impressionist wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She studied privately throughout her life. She loves painting and sketching, but she also has a degree in Special Effects Makeup which she used to work on many indie films and commercials in Los Angeles. She also has a BA from Boston University in English and when she is not painting she is an avid reader, writer, and actress. Please give her some great book recommendations when you come in to paint!
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Please see class description for specific age recommendations. Evening classes have an adult atmosphere which is why we ask that attendees are ages 16+.