Our Artists

Crystal

Crystal

Crystal Thompson was born and raised a South Carolina Girl! She took art classes all through high school and worked with kids at another art studio! She is now a sophomore at USC – Go Gamecocks! As an Art Education major, her goal is to get her Masters and become an elementary art teacher. She loves kids and wants to teach them about art and help them learn to express themselves through art. Much of her artwork is inspired by the ocean; She is intrigued by the mystery of the ocean as well as God’s amazing artistry that is displayed in His creations. She also loves her music. This will be her 2nd year in the Mighty Sound of the Southeast USC marching band playing piccolo after 6 years marching in high school playing her flute. When she is not doing her art or music, this Disney Princess with a Jesus heart likes to read, watch Nascar races, hang out with family and friends, and go to the lake.
Maria

Maria

Maria is a SC native, but has spent the past 5 years living in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In the Middle East, she started a mural and fine art business and specialized in murals for the hotel/food & beverage industry,as well as private clients. She has a published coloring book, and has also designed (and sold) her work to Elephant Parade Charity. Maria is primarily self-taught and usually works with acrylic and watercolor paints but is always experimenting and trying new mediums. She is inspired by her travel across Asia and the Middle East and loves incorporating color and pattern from textiles around the world. Maria, her husband and two children are excited to relocate to SC to be near friends and family and beautiful SC! She is excited about joining the PWAT and loves sharing her joy of art with everyone - experienced, or new artists!
Imani

Imani

With one year left studying as a studio art major at Benedict College Imani is originally from Providence, Rhode Island. Being an artist at PWAT is something that comes naturally to her due to her ability to connect and try to relate with everyone she meets with a sense of humor. She started painting when she was in 4th grade and now is excited to share her talents and learn with PWAT. On her spare time Imani enjoys being with her pet dog & cat, Marley & Panther. She loves traveling and exploring new places with family and friends & has a secret obsession with looking at houses and furniture shopping(and shopping in general!). Her hobbies include photography, reading, and just recently DJing. Imani loves to learn and interact with people and has a really down to earth, light hearted way of living. Anything fun attracts Imani and she loves to share memories with the people she loves. She's very excited to be part of the Columbia PWAT team and is especially excited to do kids parties and girls night out!
Kara

Kara

Originally from a small town in Ohio, I've now made South Carolina my home. My twin sister and I moved to Charleston 5 years ago, needing more sunshine in our lives, we found that and so much more! I met my fiancé, who it's originally from Columbia, shortly after moving and we welcomed our daughter to the world in August 2017. While in Charleston I taught at and managed 3 art studios, before moving to Cayce at the beginning of 2018, to be closer to family. I've grown up with art, it's always had a place in my life in some way or another. I went to Ohio Dominican University, where I received a degree in Public Relations and Marketing with an emphasis in Art/Design. It was in college I discovered that painting was my medium. I love using acrylics and water colors, painting on different bases, most recently old windows. After building a significant collection of window paintings, it inspired me to sell my work at local markets. Currently I am a memebr of the Cayce Arts Guild, which hosts a variety of markets, community outreach, and a place for all avenues of art to come together. Look out for my collection, 'Art Is A Window', at local markets, and online. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Art-Is-A-Window Instagram: @art_is_a_window
Kat

Kat

Co-Owner of Painting with a Twist Columbia with her darling husband of 33 years, Ron! As an Air Force brat, she's travelled all over, moving 8 times before she was 15. Her mother is an artist, so she was surrounded by art at a young age and grew to love painting, ceramics, knitting, collage and even playing guitar. She worked in radio for 10 years in Montgomery, Alabama as a morning and evening DJ and ended up on talk radio hosting her own call-in show. She co-hosted a cable TV show called, "Rise and Shine" and did TV and radio commercials as well as voice-over work for an agency that did "talking houses". She spent seven years in banking, starting off as a teller and ending up as V.P. in charge of sales. One of her favorite jobs though, was as Music Director for a church preschool. She directed 2 musicals a year and led 3 - 5 year olds in dancing and singing! It was a fun time and she never knew what they would do once on stage! She loves working with kids and knows how quickly they learn, especially when things are presented in a fun and interesting way! She has painted murals for school libraries, churches and nurse's offices. Teachers told her that their students would "fake" being sick just so they could watch her paint! She paints on pretty much everything she can get her hands on like walls, windows, car windows, bricks, pottery, rocks, wood and fabric. If you stand still too long, she might paint on you as well! For the last 12 years, she has been painting Retablos (folks art depictions of Saints on wood) and sells them in New Mexico. She has been in galleries in Taos, Chimayo, Rancho De Taos, and currently sells her work in Arroyo Seco, at "Santos Y Mas". Featured in "Retablos -From the Heart and Soul" exhibit at Martinez Hacienda-part of the Taos Museum Registry: December 9, 2018 - January 7, 2019 "There is great joy in creating art. To be able to help people unlock their creative talents and remove the fear of a blank canvas is so much fun! I can't wait to meet you and help you find your inner artist!"
Kayla

Kayla

Kayla Olive has enjoyed painting and creating since a young age and it has remained a passion throughout her life. She received her Bachelor of Arts with a double concentration in Drawing & Painting and Graphic Design with a minor in Art History from Carson-Newman University. Kayla is currently continuing working on her Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting at the University of South Carolina. Kayla has experience teaching Fine Arts classes to various ages six through eighteen at various summer camps through the years. She also has experience teaching art to adults as she spent a year as the Art Instructor at the Senior Citizen Center in Jefferson City, Tennessee.  She loves any excuse to get creative and enjoys teaching and sharing her passions with others. When Kayla isn’t painting she enjoys reading, yoga, dancing, swimming, traveling, playing with her cat, and hanging out with family and friends among other things. With her bubbly energy and approachable demeanor she can help anyone channel their inner creative vibes and learn to paint!

Alcohol Policy

Ages 21 and up to consume alcohol. BYOB beer and wine are permitted in the studio, but no liquor. NO alcohol during Family classes. Drink Responsibly.

Age Policy

For open classes: 18+ for evening sessions. Individuals under 18 years old allowed only in accordance with class description, no infants or toddlers.


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