Leo Fortuno graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Philippine Women¹s University in 1982 with honors. An award-winning artist, he also attended Layout and Production Art at the Art Institute in Houston in 1993 where he excelled in graphic design.
During the Gulf War, Leo worked in Kuwait as the Art Director of Fanateq Gallery. Because of the danger involved, he was left with no choice but to return home to the Philippines.
In 1991, Leo moved with his family to Houston, Texas where he started his own graphics business - Artworx Unlimited. Leo has been with the PWAT family since the 5th national studio opened in Sugar Land in 2012.
Aka: That Goofy Guy in the Hat
Origin: Jersey Village, TX
Pairs well with: paint, brushes, graphite, bubbles!
Located: PWAT Westheimer, PWAT Spring Valley
This Mexican/German blend is produced in the lush dairy farmlands of Jersey Village, TX and perfected partially in the Art Institute of Houston and the University of Houston. Often known as "That Goofy Guy in the Hat", this blend has a sweet yet spicy bouquet with a bright and pleasing finish reminiscent to certain fantasy-inspired renaissance festivals. Best enjoyed alone or with friends in 1 of 2 locations: Westheimer and Spring Valley.
Disclaimer: may cause inspired creativity, loud, festive behavior, and an inexplicable love for blowing bubbles!
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Amanda F (Sugar Land Studio)
Amanda is a local magnate High School Art teacher who has been with PWAT for more than 7 years. She has four dogs and one cat. When she is not spending time with her hubby, she is playing with photography and getting ready for museum art shows.
Ángel is a Houston native and contemporary painter who has been working for Painting with a Twist since summer of 2014. He received a degree in Fine Arts-Painting from the University of Houston in 2016 and is currently working on his master's. He has shown his work at the Blaffer Art Museum, Third Space Gallery, and the Zoya Tommy Gallery. When not here at PWAT or in his studio, Ángel also works for the Blaffer Art Museum and Rice Gallery, handling fine art and installing exhibitions.
You can check out his website at: https://acastelan.net/
You can also follow him at: www.facebook.com/angelcastelan.art and www.instagram.com/acas_9
Candy Graves is a Texan artist who has always loved transforming objects and space to make them more beautiful. This love is what led her to earn a degree in Drawing and Painting from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her works have been shown in New Haven, CT and Minneapolis, MN. Graves has worked alongside Houston muralist George Bevill and Minneapolis-based muralist Melodee Strong. She creates artwork in a variety of media, but her favorite is acrylic paint. Paint lends itself well to the sense of movement and bold color that she incorporates into her work. Graves specializes in creating portraits that showcase the individuality and spirit of each person or figure she paints. She is also co-founder of Dapper Team Bravo.
Lupita was born and raised in Houston,Texas. She is a mother of three and currently residing in Tomball, TX. Lupita has been interested in art most of her life and has been painting as a self taught artist for the past 12 years working mainly with acrylic and mixed media.Some of her work has been in art shows across Houston and currently hangs at the Chakra Haven shop in Tomball, TX. She is a Director of National Sales with Educational Products, Inc and has been with the company for 19 years. Wanting to bring more creativity to her life she added to her career by joining the PWAT team as an instructor in December of 2016. You can find her mostly in our Houston-Heights location, but she can also be seen in our Cypress, Katy, Sugar Land, Mid-town and Houston-Westheimer locations upon request. IG: https://www.instagram.com/artist_lupita/
My name is Jasmine Perry, and my brand is iArtJassy. I do a variety of drawings and paintings with a specialization in portrait making and scenery. This includes children, adults, the elderly and even pets and landscapes.
I'm a Cuban-American illustrator and web/graphic designer. I started painting three years ago (when I joined the PWAT Cypress team) and I've fallen in love with it ever since. A few of my favorite things: parked car convos, simply made oj, dogs, funk, and cyberpunk.
I'm a painter and sculptor born and raised in Houston. I'm finishing up a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting with a minor in art history at University of Houston. Am a crazy dog lady who also loves playing the clarinet in the Lone Star Symphonic Band in Katy on the weekends.
Landis A (Spring Valley/Midtown/Sugar Land Artist) Studio Manager
Landis Cyra Anderson is a mixed-media artist with a penchant for painting. A self-proclaimed Moonchild, Cyra is a Cancer and night-owl who loves music, laughing, broken-in ink pens, and reading.
A New York City native, Cyra is a 2014 graduate of the Grambling State University Visual and Performing Arts program. Majoring in both English and Art, she often incorporates her love of stories and words into her artwork.
Drawing inspiration from the lives of her friends and people she's met throughout her collegiate career, Miss Anderson aims to promote self-understanding and unity though the recognition and acceptance of emotions expressed by the subjects in her work.
I was Born and raised Grand Prairie, TX (DFW) and I was very fortunate to have great opportunities to get an early start in my career. By the time I graduated high school I had completed 2 college portfolios, I was president of the National Art Honor Society, I ran the art club, I was in charge of a gallery, and got to head many projects.
After high school I went to the Art Institute of Dallas where I got my degree in Graphic Design and I am now using that degree as a full time Designer in Advertising in Houston. I work part time now at Painting with a Twist and I love going into work every day!
PWAT hired me over 2 years ago, kept me active throughout my pregnancy, worked around my schedule, and allowed me to return after my daughter was born. My daughter is almost a year old now and it can be tough being a working mom but PWAT is so much fun that I just couldn't give it up.
Necia M- Katy/Cypress Studio Manager (Katy Artist)
"So hey .. this Is Necia! .. yes i know what it means in Spanish .. and yes .. I'm stubborn and that's ok! =)"
I have studied art for many years .. 3 years of photography at Sam Houston State, a variety of arts at the University of Houston, including digital photography, painting and print making to name a few.
I have a teenage son who is studying music as well as an elementary age daughter who studies both music and art and absolutely loves to paint with mommy! And... I LOVE MY JOB!
Shane is a Magnum Cum Laude graduate of the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. A fan of Frank Frazetta and Dungeons & Dragons Comic Fantasy Art, Shane dreams of creating his own comic book and having it become a successful film franchise. You can frequently find Shane and his awe-inspiring illustrations at our local and national comic-cons.
Stäcy (pronounced Stahsee, not Staysee) is a native Houstonian who has been painting professionally for 24 years as a contemporary surrealist. Her work has been exhibited in numerous shows across the United States and Europe and she was awarded the Alexander Flaxman scholarship upon graduating from the University of Houston with a degree in Fine Arts-Painting as Summa Cum Laude in 2012. She has a studio less than 10 minutes away at the Hardy & Nance studios where she exhibits her new work and gives private lessons in Fine art when she is not here at PWAT instructing FUN Art. She is mother to two talented daughters, Lalü and Lyla, 15 years apart! Be sure to check out her ah-mazing artwork. IG:RedHeadedUnicornStudios
Xandra H (Spring Valley Artist)
Yanci B (Heights/Spring Valley Artist)
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Regularly scheduled classes - ages 18+; FUN 4 ALL classes - open to all ages (6+ recommended).