Like most Hobbits(s), Kelly was born and raised in Middle Earth. Growing up in the Shire she learned to mushroom-hunt, gather plants from the lands, as well as running barefoot on a daily basis. More importantly, she learned and honed the skill of drawing. She was a well-known artist of amongst her fellow Hobbits…
Actually, that whole thing was made up entirely.
Kelly was not born and raised in Middle Earth but in Jacksonville Florida on October 24, 1984. She could always draw but it was her Grandfather who really taught her the traditional way and how to hone in on those skills. She grew (figuratively) as an artist and attended Flagler College of Saint Augustine with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in the Graphic Design field in 2013. She has since pursued Illustration as she has always loved to create stories, whimsical characters, and fantastic places. This includes writing and illustrating children’s books. Currently, she is studying Character Design and hopes to one-day work at Nickelodeon as a character artist.
Her other passion is acting. She has been in several stage productions including ‘Dracula’, ‘Steel Magnolias’, and ‘No Sex Please, We’re British’ as well as a short film, ‘Where Does It End?’ Her hobbies include cooking, ukulele, and anime.
(PLEASE NOTE: Caricature depiction is actual size.)
Laura Van Cleave
I’ve been loving art as far as I can remember and knew I wanted to be an artist someday.
I doubled majored in Art and Journalism at Rutgers University. A quick stint at a fine art and commercial graphics company in Philadelphia lead me to my 19 year career at a Fortune 500 company as manager of Creative Services. After years living in and around Philadelphia, PA, my husband was offered a great job opportunity in Jacksonville FL. In FL I began my most important career as a stay at home mom raising my two amazing kids. I kept artsy-busy with free-lance graphics and eventually stumbled into a job at my daughter’s elementary school that needed an art teach to take over an extended maternity leave. I loved teaching art to kids and went back to school to earn my Florida teaching Certificate in art. I worked 5 years job-sharing as an art teacher in our local elementary school. In 2010 I began teaching fine art with adults and senior citizens and still do working in watercolor, pencil, mixed-media and acrylics. Then Painting with a Twist Opened in 2014 and it sounded like the perfect place to enjoy teaching, painting and people! It has become what I call “my most fun job EVER!” My husband and I bought the studio in September of 2016. I hope to continue to make this studio be THE place in Jacksonville for the best FUN ART experience.
Matt’s art career began at the age of 14 when he designed his first logo for local boat charter company in his home town of Wakefield, Rhode Island. At age 17, he won the award for best student cartoon in the state by the Providence Journal, and soon after was awarded the Presidential Scholarship to study Illustration and 3D animation at the Savannah College of Art & Design. He has since worked in graphic design, motion graphics, sign design and production, screen printing, graphic recording, mural painting and web/ interactive design. Matt is currently spending his days working as an artist in residence for a non profit organization providing a fine art experience for the patients at a local children's hospital, and enjoys his evenings teaching with the folks at Painting with a Twist
Artist Julie Wall is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Point Park College with degrees in Visual Art and Design and Visual Communications. She has also been a home decorator and stylist and loves to be creative in any form. She has been working as a professional artist doing murals and commissioned art work for the last 25 years. The last few years Julie has been enjoying chalk painting furniture, adding unique hand painted touches. Besides art she has a passion for her family and animals and serving the homeless. She also substitute teaches in St. John’s county and loves having the opportunity to positively influence children of all ages. Last but not least, she loves…..Painting with a Twist!!!!
Lucy Kates is a 22 year old art student who has had a for passion drawing, painting, and all things art for as long as she can remember. She is currently a student at UNF where she is studying graphic design and digital media. She has won awards for painting and photography when she studied fine arts at FSCJ. As a kid, Lucy knew she wanted to be an artist but she didn't pursue it until she started college. She loves working at Painting with a Twist and helping people discover a love for art.
Being born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, cultures have always been very appealing to me. My work is influenced by experiences seeded in different places and among different cultures. I am a recent Illustration graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design. I believe in unique characters with bold personalities that while communicating abstract concepts become relatable to us.
I stride from traditional methods in an effort to find more creative ways to work. My work ranges from Children's book Illustration to Scientific Illustration to more experimental 3 Dimensional illustration.
I have an obsession with traveling and getting to know the world! My hobbies have become my career so I'm around art all the time...
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Hey there! I’m Taylor, and I love art, writing, reading, and if I told you everything I’m interested in, you’d give up reading my bio. I moved to Jacksonville from Deltona, but this isn’t my first move. I was born in Washington State and my first move with my family was to live in Puerto Rico. From there we moved to two locations in New York State. By the time I was 10, we moved to Florida. I began my art training in high school art classes and from gathering a great deal of information from online video tutorials. All through my journey I’ve loved all forms of art and continue learning about various crafts, too! When living in Deltona, I obtained an Associates Art degree from Daytona State College. I also began working at the Painting with a Twist in Orange City, FL. There I began as an assistant floor artist and eventually as an instructor. Now I’m here at PWAT Fruit Cove soaking up all the wonderful art wisdom of the other artists working here. My favorite forms of art are animation, illustration, and comics. In my free time, I write and illustrate my own stories to hopefully publish someday. In the meantime, I am a student at UNF studying American Sign Language Interpreting and having fun painting with all of our PWAT customers!
With a passion for creativity, Zenna has been drawn to the world of art since she was first able to pick up a crayon. Sketching her way through school, she obtained degrees in business and psychology but something was still missing...After several years she ended up leaving the office world behind so she could turn her love for creativity into a career. She worked for 3 years with Mad Science of Jacksonville where she provided a fun interactive learning experience for kids and their parents honing her live, on stage skills and creating slime, rockets and dry ice. Her love of art helped create her online store and landed her a job as an instructor at Painting with a Twist helping others find their inner Bob Ross!
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