Cara is a Lakeland native and has been painting since elementary school. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 1999 witha degree in Psychology and has been teaching school for the past 12 years. Cara's immense love for painting is what prompted her "evolution" from long-time Painting With a Twist customer to one of our valued Floor Artists. She's been with PWAT since July 2015 and loves every minute of it!
Gillian has been instructing twisters since 2015, and is from right here in Lakeland. She Graduated from the University of Florida in the spring of 2017 with a bachelor’s in fine arts concentrating in painting. What to expect when Gillian is your instructor- a playlist that’s jammin’ and an upbeat and fun atmosphere with lots of dancing! She loves getting twisters to find their inner artist and has a blast doing so! Her favorite part about working here is sending out positive energy and bringing smiles to everyone who walks in the door. When Gillian’s not at PWAT, she spends her time painting with all the colors of the wind working on murals and large-scale acrylic paintings. She loves her yella dog Maggie, drinking cherry coke, watching Bravo, dancing, and eating really spicy food! Check out her Instagram @gfazioart or website to see her art!
Joclyn has been a PWAT artist since 2015 and has taught almost 200 PWAT masterpieces! She graduated in 2013 from USF with a Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting but this artist specializes in Fun Art! With lots of patience and good humor, she enjoys teaching all ages. Her favorite part about the job is helping to build Twister’s confidence through painting. Some fun and random facts about Joclyn: she has 4 dogs, 14 chickens, she’s scuba certified, and she was on the 2009 FL Strawberry Festival Queen’s Court. You can check out her personal work on her Etsy and Facebook page!
Kari, our studio manager as well as accomplished artist, comes to us from just outside of Chattanooga, TN, where she was a middle school art teacher for three years. She has a degree in Art Education from Tennessee Tech University and has been painting since high school. Kari’s fun and very laid back personality and teaching style make painting with her a relaxing and enjoyable experience. When she’s not painting, this artist enjoys spending time with her husband Ryan and their baby Claire, finding new adventures to get into!
Tori graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2014 with a Bachelor degree in Fine Art. Whilst studying, she fell in love with painting, color theory, and art history. Her specific studies included watercolor, drawing, and art curation. She moved soon after graduating from APSU to Lakeland from small-town Dickson, Tennessee to spend time with her Florida family and begin a new adventure. She loves thrift shopping, ambient light, grapefruit, and sushi. Tori is excited to be a part of the Painting with a Twist family and to share the experience of FUN art with the community! Check out her artist website at www.toribrady.com
Jodi is our newest member from the small town of Rossville, Indiana. She’s now enjoying the Florida life while going to school at Florida Southern College here in Lakeland. She is majoring in art education and is super excited to gain experience and have a lot of fun painting with all you Twisters! Her quiet and cheerful self will brighten up your day while helping you create a piece worthy to hang on that wall at home. Jodi is the oldest of 6 kids (yep, you read that right!), a coffee enthusiast, has a love for elephants and sunflowers, and can’t wait to share her passion of art with the Painting with a Twist community!
BYOB- Must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol in studio. Wine or beer only, please!
15 and up for our evening Adult classes, 7 and up for Kids and Family Classes