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Our Columbia, SC Painting with a Twist 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.

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! Since 2000, 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!"

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