Being creative is Karen’s passion from traditional to digital art! She studied drawing and acrylic painting to earn a BA degree in fine art at Cal State Northridge, which lead her to a graphic design career. Karen enjoys exploring the natural world through hiking, fly fishing and photography. In her own words, “I’m enthusiastic to motivate others in our community with the rewards of painting and having fun!”
Kristina is an artist from Ventura County. She is a student studying to get her Associates Degree in Fine Arts at Ventura College. Her hobbies include video games, spending time with her chihuahua, and any type of arts & crafts. She is a very enthusiastic, creative, and loves helping others feel confident in their artwork. In her own words, “Everyone is an artist at heart, all it takes is an instructor to show you the way!”
Mariel is an artist and art teacher from Bar Harbor, Maine. She graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Art Education. Before moving to California, Mariel was a high school art teacher as well as a PWAT instructor. In her spare time she loves exploring beaches, visiting breweries with friends, and hiking with her husband. In her own words: “I love to see people enjoy the painting process and create something even when they say, ‘Oh, I can’t paint!’ – it’s great to see them happy with the experience and the final product.”
A native Californian, Rose started her art career as a technical illustrator. She loves creating fantasy creatures, abstracts, animal portraits and landscapes using acrylic and watercolor paints. She’s married with three children, one dog, and two bunnies. In her spare time she enjoys competing and coaching archery. In her own words: “At school I’m the fun teacher. We enjoy the process of creating and don’t worry so much about the outcome. Painting with a Twist lets me bring that childhood joy to adults.”
Sam is an artist from Ventura County. She graduated with her BA in Studio Art from Humboldt State University. Sam's main love is painting but she also loves to do photography, ceramics, and digital illustration. In her free time, Sam loves to go see live music, grab a drink with friends, or head down to the beach. In her own words: "Painting with a Twist really brings out everyone's creative side, it's so exciting to see all the paintings at the end and I feel so lucky to have been a part of the fun!
Tessa is a lifelong creative with a passion for expression! She loves to explore various mediums, but her favorites are ceramics and painting. Outside the studio, Tessa is a dedicated college student on the path to earning her Master's in Business. In her words, "I find joy in helping people discover the artist within themselves. I love seeing people leave the studio with a smile on their faces.”