Our Atlanta, GA - Sandy Springs Painting with a Twist Artists
Though I was raised in Georgia, I’ve always felt like my home is wherever I can learn, connect with people, and gain new insights in this complex world we live in. The value of nature and human expression has been a massive part of me for basically my whole life. With a Drawing/Painting BFA and a minor in Marketing from Kennesaw State University, I went to work as an administrator for a gallery in Atlanta soon after graduating. This experience made me rethink my own career as an artist, and what truly fulfilled me. Now, I distribute my time amongst (too many) incredible experiences including painting for myself, riding my little 250 motorcycle through the mountains, helping my agency discover and sign new talent in the southeast, studying Japanese, noodling on the guitar and piano, staying up until 3 am analyzing current issues, and of course uncovering the mysteries of the modern brush through simplified and relaxed lessons! Bring a bottle, a friend, and your favorite beret, because we are about to grow some mustaches and become the most hilariously talented arteestz Sandy Springs has ever seen!
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico to a family of architects and educators, I have been immersed in the worlds of art and education from a very young age. I owe most of my passion for art to my grandfather, a graphic artist and photographer who would sit me on his lap and teach me drawing fundamentals, as well as make sure my stash of art supplies never ran low come the holidays.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Technology at the University of Puerto Rico in 2013 and a Master of Fine Arts in Animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2016, and currently illustrate and animate for fun and freelance. I'm also fluent in Spanish and English and grasp the basics of French. I consider myself a jack of all trades, and have taken courses in ceramics, sculpture and calligraphy and habitually watch woodworking and glassblowing videos when I'm not cooking, reading or playing video games. I look forward to seeing you in one of my classes and showing you the passion I have for art. Let's paint and pARTy together!
Born and raised in Georgia, I have been entrenched in the arts my entire life. From a very young age my mother, a visual artist herself, noticed that I had a talent for artistic expression. Though I’ve never been formally taught, my mother provided ample opportunities for me to let my artistic juices flow free; whether through introducing me to new mediums or showing me the works of other artists, I was always being exposed to the world of art. It doesn’t stop there either, with me playing the trumpet, cello, and whatever else I can make a note from, I found artistry in everything I did. I am currently studying Architecture and Civil Engineering, and honing my abilities to teach FUN art! I look forward to meeting any and everyone looking to go from being glum to having fun; let's paint till we faint! I look forward to painting with everyone here in studio.
Born and raised in Texas, Nancy found her calling in the arts at a young age drawing on the kitchen walls of her home. Encouraged by family and art teachers alike, she pursued a degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design, specializing in Sequential Art. Since her graduation in 2013, she has taught drawing classes for an afterschool program in Atlanta and freelancing as an illustrator for clients like Simeck Entertainment and Dark Knight Entertainment. Not one to venture off from her roots, she also has painted murals for preschools. Her favorite subjects to paint are flowers, mermaids and scenery.
Born and raised in Spain, I have a unique international background as I lived and studied in several countries across Europe. With a strong background in fine art and former experience as a gallery owner, I am well versed in many aspects of the art world. I am fluent in Spanish and Italian I have lived in Atlanta for the past 20 years. My extensive cross-cultural background allows me to work with customers of all nationalities. I look forward to meeting our customers and perhaps I can teach you a few words in Spanish or Italian!
I am a self-taught artist that hails from the city if Dayton, OH. My story is a short one, but it’s filled with leaps and bounds of growth. It all started in 2017. I needed artwork for my new apartment. At the time, I had never painted a thing in my life. I reached out to a childhood friend of mines who is also an artist to inquire about what the price tag for such a thing would be. After hearing the price, I realized that it was above my means at the time. The next morning I awoke with an idea. An idea that would change my life forever. I thought to myself self “how hard can this painting thing be”, and with that idea along with the tenacity of a Taurus, I took the time to create three pieces for my home. Afterwards, I felt an unfamiliar sensation to create again. A sensation that had been long forgotten along with my 8th-grade sketches of batman. 2 years and 11 months later, I have Holistically immersed my self in the world of the creative. For me, art is considered a great escape. It gives me the opportunity to step out of my tough and rugged facade I’ve created as protection from the world. I can be and create what the farthest reaches on my imagination have to offer.
I find profound beauty in humanity, which is why my subjects often aren’t recognizable figures. I think the common man or woman that has been shaped and molded by their experiences in life are far my beautiful than any public figure. I’ve done commissioned art for celebrities, and recently placed four new pieces of two chains and the migos in the trap music museum. I look forward to teaching everyone here in studio how to bring out your inner artist and have fun and see art as a beacon of hope in this chaotic world.
Yolisa is a Brooklyn born girl with an unhealthy obsession for art, books, writing, and language. She is a graphic designer and illustrator formally trained at Savannah College of Art. Since graduating, Yolisa has worked in the greeting card and gift wrap art world. Along with freelancing she now produces her own card line. When she doesn’t have paint on her face she usually has her nose in a book. I look forward to helping you create a masterpiece!