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Our Fort Walton Beach, FL Painting with a Twist Artists

Twista Krista

Twista Krista

Meet one of the Studio Owners Krista Hawkins (Twista Krista). Krista was born in Canada and began creating art when she could hold a crayon and was introduced to finger paints. When Krista finally got tired of fending off grizzly bear attacks and artic winds, she moved to the US and acquired a BA in Public Administration and a MA in Management and Leadership. Still her love of art never left her side and she always found herself drawn to projects that involved artistic flair. As an adult, Krista has mastered all 120 crayons, making sand angels, the ancient art of finger painting, freelance acrylics, sculptures and murals. When Krista isn't being artsy, she is easily manipulated by peanut butter, poutine (her favorite Canadian dish) and her two spunky teenage girls. Her second love is the fitness world. Krista has been a highly competitive Nationally ranked NPC Figure competitor since 2016. If she isn’t at work or the gym, you can usually find her hanging out at one of the beautiful beaches in the area. Krista has enjoyed being apart of Painting with a Twist family and will continue to share with everyone that art is about having fun and creating long-lasting memories.

Jana

Jana

Meet one of your studio Owners, Jana Konkel. Jana is a primarily self-taught local artist. After a break to further a secondary career in pastry and cake decorating, she is back to her lifelong passion in the field of fine art. Her art primarily focuses on fantasy themes while working in a variety of mixed media ranging from pencils, markers, inks, acrylics, watercolors, clay, and (on occasion) digital. She is inspired by and adores all things Jim Henson, Disney, cartoons and anime, comics and manga, nature, animals, fantasy, sci-fi, unicorns, tea and her corgi Gambit. Jana is currently working towards her goal of a full time career as a freelance commission artist alongside her much loved position as an instructor at Fort Walton Beach PWAT. If you are interested in custom sculptures or art or would like to show your support, you can find her work on Instagram @Kinokocha Twitter @Kinoko_cha Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Kinokocha/ Email Studio.Kinokocha@gmail.com

Jillian

Jillian

Jillian Barnhart is a native from Fort Walton Beach who has been expressing herself through art for over 15 years now. A self-taught local artist, Jillian enjoys working with multiple medias but focuses mainly on acrylic paint on canvas. She finds inspiration in nature and loves creating sunset landscapes with vibrant colors and trees! Her passion for art and painting caught fire while she spent two years in New Orleans, LA submerged in a city of creativity and wonder. After leaving New Orleans for an opportunity in Tampa, Jillian continued to nurture her desire to create and freelanced for friends and colleagues until she finally returned home to Fort Walton Beach. When she isn’t pouring herself into a work of art, she spends her time reading, spending time with family and friends, and taking her four-legged fur baby to the dog park.

Aja

Aja

Aja Cobbs is a native of Asheville, NC. She attended high school at Asheville High School and attended Mars Hill University for one year to earn a degree in Fashion design. Aja has always been creative, from drawing to painting and even partaking in hair and makeup, she has pushed herself to the great lengths developing her savviness for business and independence as a woman in the entrepreneurship industry. Aja came up with The Art Trap House in 2016 at the age of 23. She wanted to embrace the creative community by providing opportunities that would add value to the rising creative careers. She believed that the most important value that she is able to provide is positioning people for success. The Art Trap House is a reflection of Aja's spirit and heart! She believes that she has found her purpose and mission In life. Aja loves chatting with her supporters on social media, posting new content, art, music, creating, growing and manifesting.

Brittany

Brittany

Hey, I’m Brittany! Brittany was born and raised in the Panhandle of Florida and she’s been drawing since she could hold a crayon. Halloween will forever be her favorite holiday and she is a Ravenclaw through and through. Her hair changes constantly, but it’s always something fun! Brittany is also a licensed nail tech and tattoo artist. She also loves to crochet, sew, paint, draw digitally, and even had a business customizing welding hoods. Instagram @ Smallbutartsy

Audrey P.

Audrey P.

Audrey discovered her inner artist after taking an art class in high school. The door was flung open and her world was never the same. Portraits, jewelry, architectural renderings, and the list goes on. She would love for you to see her jewelry on Instagram: @audgandco

Downtown Dave Presnell

Downtown Dave Presnell

I'M LOVING THIS!!!!!!! (Sorry to scream it at you but...) I'M LOVING THIS!!!!!!

Marley

Marley

Aspires to be an instructor one day but has non-opposeable thumbs and can't hold a paint brush. So for now, he will stick to being the official greeter for PWAT FWB!

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