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Our Daytona Beach, FL Painting with a Twist Artists

Wendy

Wendy

I grew up in the suburbs in Southern Maryland outside of Washington D.C.. Creativity was always around me as both of my grandmothers were artist in their own right and my mother, although not an artist per se, was always able to pull out her mad skills when needed. All of them, including our nation's capital, gave me very strong creative roots. Outside of family D.C. gave me the perfect platform to explore other artistic influences. The plethora of galleries at my door became like second homes at times. At 16 I even had the honor of winning a Scholastic Art contest and had my work displayed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. As a young adult, I spent a lot a time traveling across our beautiful country, as well as abroad in Europe and Northern Africa exploring life and art before settling in sunny Florida. I really love the Daytona Beach area and am happy to call it home for over 20 years now. In that time I've created original paintings, bulbs, prints, painted furniture, CD cover art, ceramic ware, murals and illustrated the children’s storybook, Princess Rain and the Dragon. I love to help people find the artist within and for the past 10 years, I’ve coordinated the Central Florida Girl Scout Art Gala, which is now held during Art in the Park, inside The Casements historical museum. In 2012 I had the honor of painting a time capsule commemorating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts which is on display at The Casements. When I’m not painting, I’m spending time with my husband, four daughters and our many critters.

Anna

Anna

Hi! My name is Anna. I have had a passion for art and creativity for as long as I can remember. I grew up on a farm with chickens, pigs, horses, and lots of other animals. My parents were confused when I told them I wanted to take art lessons, but they agreed and from then on, my love for art quickly grew. My goal in life is to one day work for Pixar as an animator. Until then I will continue drawing and painting for the simple joy of it.

C.J.

C.J.

Hi! My name is CJ. I have been passionate about art since I was little. I grew up doodling on my math notes and having the most fun in my creative classes such as art and music. I started in art lessons when I was 6, painting and sculpting to my heart's content. When I had to decide what I wanted to major in for college, it was a no brainer - ART! Though my main focus is digital art and design, I love painting and drawing. My goal in life is to help create 3D printed prosthetics for animals.

Amara

Amara

Hey there, I’m Amara and I am a mixed-media, visionary artist. I studied environmental science at the University of South Florida and have a passion for animals, nature, and creating. I have loved art ever since I was a lil kiddo. No matter where or when, I knew drawing was always there for me. What started out as doodling on my homework, quickly turned into an infatuation with the ability and desire to create original work. Art has taught me that using my imagination has no rules or limits and it has been a huge outlet for self-expression. I have been painting regularly for about five years and it brings me so much joy and freedom. I also love spending time with my dog, dancing, going to the beach, and making and selling my polymer clay jewelry. I look forward to creating together, I can’t wait to paint with you!

Sarah

Sarah

I am a British artist currently living in Port Orange, FL. As I grew up, Art was always a passion and was fostered by my parents through school and private lessons. I see the world through wonderful colors and love bringing those whimsical moments to life on a canvas or page. My years of training at universities in the states and abroad progressed my skills and life experience, and I continued to hone my artistic talents as I moved into other media. Teaching art is one of my main passions and showing that anyone can be an artist brings me so much joy. Other than a paint brush or colored pencil, I love holding my little nephew and a good cup of tea. Some British habits never leave, darling.

Chiara

Chiara

Hi! My name is Chiara (Key-ah-ruh)! I'm a diet tech by day and an artist at night! Art may be my side gig, but it is definitely one of my favorite things to do and I love that Painting With a Twist gives me that opportunity. I've just moved to Daytona Beach all the way from Austin, TX because the beach is honestly just vibes. I've worked at 4 previous Painting With a Twists because I just love it so much I just apply to a new one every time I move! What other job can you find where you get to have so much fun? I'm super excited to paint with you guys and I'll see you at a class!

Melissa

Melissa

Hello! I’m Melissa and I am a self taught artist who has loved creating for as long as I can remember. My second love next to art is sunshine, palm trees and the beach which is why I recently moved to Florida! I’m originally from the Midwest where was fortunate enough to have my work shown in several galleries and art shows. I have also spent many years in the art scene teaching workshops and painting classes and hosting art and fashion events which I thoroughly enjoy. Painting With A Twist has been a source of happiness for me for quite some time as I was a painting instructor at an Indiana location for 5 years and now I am excited to be here at the Daytona Beach studio sharing that happiness with you guys!

T.J.

T.J.

I’m T.J. and my adult professional career has taken me down several roads, but none as rewarding and inspiring as this one. When I was brought to Painting With a Twist for the first time, I didn't want to do it. I sat in the parking lot trying to find an excuse to "not try" again. With the help of my bestie, Ashley, I threw caution to the wind and jumped in to the deep end of the pool. Two hours later, at the age of 49, I had created what I was astonished to admit was a pretty darn good painting. Now as a studio owner I've become a little more "carefree" and "daring" in that I've begun to paint and even teach classes. I feel confident in saying that I'm not even in the same zip code as the real artists that work with me, but I do ok. Instructing lends itself to what I do feel I've always been good at.....people. I love to help people find and do what they thought they couldn't. The staff will tell you, I'm full of quotes. (They'll probably tell you I'm full of something else too) One of my favorite quotes is by Henry Ford. He said, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, either way, you're right." He was right then and still is today. I love what he said because it reminds us that the only thing standing between what we do and what we can do is simply our willingness to make the attempt. I hope we have the chance to meet and I look forward to welcoming you all to our little slice of heaven. Maybe I'll wind up teaching one of the classes you attend. You've been warned. ;-)

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