“Born to Paint with a Twist”:
There once was a girl with a dream.
She wanted to grow up and be part of a team.
A team that teaches,
A team that reaches!
Her face lit up and her smile beamed.
She colored, she painted, she drew.
She crafted, she wrote, she threw.
For this is what she loved to do!
But the schools were tightening their spending,
And so her dream she began mending.
For this news left them tattered and torn,
But she did not mourn.
Instead she picked up her dream and began sending...
What did she send you ask?
Her resume, is what she had cast
Into the job pool,
For she was no fool!
Living her dream would be no easy task...
After some time she did marry,
Then a little boy she did carry.
She worked, studied, and raised...
Her bustling life leaving her in a daze.
Till one glorious day she received word
That her art aspirations had been heard!
They asked, “Can you paint with a twist?”
She replied, “It’s all in the wrist!”
And so she was hired at last!
Now she’s living her dream and having a blast!
Come paint with her and you will see
How much fun painting can be!
So, here is the moral of my tale:
When your dreams feel like a ship with no sail, and your job makes you sob; don’t muddle through.
Find a job that you truly want to do. For a job is not a job if you love what you do!
(Written by Abby Mallet)
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
I'M LOVING THIS!!!!!!! (Sorry to scream it at you but...) I'M LOVING THIS!!!!!!
Gene has lived in the area on and off over the years and worked on a lot of art for a lot of people. He has worked as a commercial artist and a teacher but considers himself neither, just a C-Class creator.
His favorite media include ink, acrylic, clay, fabrics, and digital. Gene’s interests and inspirations include beauty, nature & biomimicry, astrotheology, theology, theosophy, philosophy, hidden knowledge, science, the paranormal, health consciousness, anime, nostalgia, sacred symbolism, symbol literacy, history, human ancestry, all types of martial arts, epicureanism, and wu wei.
Gene has travelled to many places seeking knowledge, pleasure, and adventure…some of the places include Japan, Mexico, Belize, Guam, & Puerto Rico & he has plans to experience many more places and things.
Gene’s dreams and goals are to live in a world where obligatory dreams and goals are unnecessary. He hopes for a global paradigm shift where all humanity is free from the spell of necrotic thinking and spiritual atrophy.
Gene wants only the “4 P’s”: Peace, Prosperity, Pleasures (many), and Painting..and the “3 F’s”: Fighting (Martial Arts), Fun, and Food.
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
Jordan Wells grew up on the Emerald Coast decorating sidewalks, making pine cone art for her parents, and stupefying her many relatives with her talent and eye for art, music, trivia, history, singing, hopscotch and beer brewing! She has thrown literally thousands of pieces of pottery in her secret hideaway pottery studio, and plans to tell the public about it one day ….Jordan is a full time student at the writing of this bio and hopes to be a lawyer one day to bring justice to the masses that are so poorly represented in today’s society! In the meantime, she loves rocking the stage at Painting with a Twist and creating memories (hiccup!) with all of the wonderful FWB Twisters!!
Krista was born in Canada and began creating art when she could hold a crayon and was introduced to finger paints. When Krista finally tired of fending off grizzly bear attacks and arctic 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 training, and she is a nationally qualified NPC figure competitor, sprinting coach and personal trainer. 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 happily joined the Painting with a Twist family to show everyone that art is about having fun and creating long-lasting memories.
Born in a kingdom far far away, Maria Jose Rios Carrillo Suarez grew up in Quito, Ecuador. Her name might be very long but where she is from this is a common thing. Yes, even the name Jose for a girl is common when it follows the first name Maria. She lived in a castle surrounded by hot boiling lava but don’t let that scare you, she was rescued by her knight in shining armor, an airman from the land of Hurlburt Field. She’s a loaded pistol who likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. She is a serial chips and salsa eater that loves dogs, coffee, fashion and Instagram. Her art journey began when her grandma would send her to the top of the dragon guarded castle to finish her coloring books. She then learned how to paint with water colors and other stuff. She hopes to meet you all and spread the love because she loves spending time with people. Even though she may seem quiet at times, it’s not because her mom hit her with the “chancla” too much, she is just a little shy at first. So, if you see a small girl walking around the studio, don’t worry she is not someone’s lost child, it’s our painter Maria. Come say hi!