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.