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Our Lafayette, LA Painting with a Twist Artists

Nichole J

Nichole J

Nichole Jefferyes (Owner and Artist) is from Clinton Iowa, and recently relocated to Lafayette, LA. She has a teaching degree from Mount St. Claire University. Nichole taught school for 11 years and decided to further her education by completing a degree in Home Interior Design. Nichole also studied art and theater. Painting being her true love, she opened her own art business in the Mid West area "Colors By Nicholetta" where she showcased her work at local businesses and did home interior design work along with commission pieces. Painting for causes is very important to Nichole she has painted for breast cancer awareness, heart health (Red Dress campaign), suicide awareness and child abuse. Hoping to bring awareness for these causes is truly in her heart and bringing a smile to someone's face is even better. Her other passion is acting. Nichole was involved in theater for many years! Performing in over 30 dinner theater productions, helping write, design and direct. Moving to Louisiana was very thrilling giving her an opportunity to meet new people and embrace the culture of this beautiful city. Nichole has been working at Painting with a Twist since March 2017 . Having the opportunity to own and work at Painting with a Twist has been very exciting, she loves the fun high energy and positivity that comes out of each class. Nichole also feels so honored to work with such a dynamic and talented staff.

Dawn H

Dawn H

Dawn was born and raised in New Iberia, LA and graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts, Painting. She knew she wanted to work with art when she would attend PWAT classes once a month for almost 2 years and fell in love with painting. She loves to paint because it is relaxing and calming. Dawn joined our team February 2016. Her favorite thing about being an artist is helping others find their hidden talent and feel confident about their painting that they could do it and make it look great. Dawn is also a hairstylist at Jagged Edge Hair Studio in Broussard. She has one child, graduating high school soon and a pet dog. In her spare time, she enjoys making jewelry, reading historical romances and participates in local arts and craft shows.

Brii S

Brii S

Deondra M

Deondra M

I was born and raised in beautiful South Louisiana where inspiration is found in every day landscape. Only here, do you find the richness of creole culture that is centered around warmth, family and good food. I am the youngest of three siblings with too many nieces and nephews to list, the wife of a wonderful husband and mother of two beautiful sons. Three months after our first child was born he left his earthly body to be with our heavenly father. During that short period of time that he spent with us, forever changed my heart. Throughout my life's journey I have experienced good and difficult seasons that have inspired my work. For as long as I can remember, art has been apart of my life. My formal training began in High School at Arts Academy and attending New Orleans Center for Creative Arts during the summer. My education continued in Colorado at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. My life long goal is to inspire, continue to create and share my love of art.

Elyse D.

Elyse D.

Elyse started working at Painting with a Twist in May 2019. She has always been creative at heart. She started taking art classes when she was in second grade and continued doing so all throughout high school. She is currently studying Architecture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While Architecture isn't what most people picture when they think about art, Elyse decided that is what she wanted to major in because her other favorite subject is math. Going into college, she couldn't decide if she'd rather study art or math, so she chose what she thought would be the perfect balance of the two. Elyse enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering for various events at school and in her community, and even making jewelry when time allows.

Mary S

Mary S

Hey y'all! My name is Mary. I'm a lifetime resident of Broussard,La that recently relocated to St. Martinville, La . Since an early age I have been interested in art and doing some sort of painting. I grew up watching my Grandmother and Mother be successful oil painters. I enjoy art, it is something that can be shared with & connects all people in some shape or form. Art is merely an expression of who we are at our core. It's a freeing thing and extremely therapeutic. Belonging to the art community is an honor and fulfilling. Becoming a part of PWAT was just the icing on the cake. I have been apart of the team since March 2018 and look forward to many more years with PWAT. When I'm not at PWAT I'm at my office working on helping the lives of mentally and physically disabled population. On my off time I'm usually spending time with family, friends ,and my four legged kids. My life is simple yet beautiful

Rebecca J

Rebecca J

Rebecca has lived in Lafayette, Louisiana her whole life and grew up with an appreciation for painting. Her grandfather is a talented painter, and he introduced Rebecca to her love for watercolor before she even realized that painting would be her passion. Upon taking her first art class in high school, Rebecca soon learned that she had a knack for visual arts and began taking honors and AP art courses. She is currently attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to pursue a degree in Visual Arts while concentrating in painting. She is also minoring in psychology and hopes to achieve a master’s degree in Art Therapy. When she’s not in school, Rebecca enjoys drawing and painting in her free time as well as spending time with friends and family. Her favorite color is blue, and she’s mostly a dog person.

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