Phil Jones is a native of Sarasota and a graduate of Sarasota High School and the Ringling College of Art and Design. Phil also served in the Army and is a Desert Storm Veteran. Besides his work in the armed forces he was also an animator with Disney, first as an intern on the Little Mermaid in Glendale, California and then as a clean up artist in Florida. His film credits include Mulan, Tarzan, The Emperor's New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, The Little Match Girl, John Henry and Brother Bear. Phil is currently the "Officlal Cartoonist of the Orlando Magic" and works as a freelance illustrator of children's books, murals, iPad apps and pretty much anything you will pay him for (within the law).
Sierra is a Sarasota native who recently moved back from Lakeland after perusing an Art Education Degree at Florida Southern College. She's been working for Painting with a Twist since March 2013 for the Lakeland studio and is super excited to now be working in Sarasota. As an instructor Sierra is outgoing but laid back and is very personable with a quirky entertaining side! She is patient with her students and creates a fun creative atmosphere for everyone! In her spare time she enjoys the beach life and creating her own works of art!
Born and raised in California, Brandon moved coast to coast to sunny Sarasota, Fl. where he graduated from Bayshore High School with honors, then continued his education at Ringling School of Art and Design as well as a residency in New York through A.I.C.A.D. and in partnership with Parsons New School of Design. Prior to receiving his B.F.A. with a dual concentration in painting and sculpture, Brandon pursued studies in architectural drafting and engineering. You may recognize Brandon as your local Bradenton barista or neighborhood pool hall hooligan. Brandon continues to enjoy helping people create their own FUN art at P.W.A.T. since September of 2014.
Cassandra aka Cassy. Was born and raised in a small city in North Carolina. She started off drawing by recreating favorite cartoons as a child and as she got older took a few art classes in High School then continued to pursue art at Ringling College of Art and Design. Took a break from college when she had her daughter to stay at home with her, Now she finishing her degree to become a Game Artist. She has always loved to create characters and creatures and can’t wait to be able to create more fun art with YOU at PWAT!
Hello, my name is Cheri. I've recently moved to beautiful Bradenton/Sarasota with my husband
leaving beautiful Traverse City, Michigan to gain more sunny weather and play. I'm a natural
born artist and have been painting my entire life. I'm a retired Nail technician of 28 years, well
known as, "Cheri the Nail Fairy". I chaired the summer art workshops for Traverse City Art
Center for 5 years, exhibited my own art throughout Michigan, have been published and started
teaching at Painting With A Twist in Traverse City. I'm thrilled to continue sharing my passion of
painting and teaching you how to unleash your own creativity.
Can I get a "Whoop Whoop" for Chris Lasiewicki (think of glass of whiskey without the G)? Chris always loves creating art. Even to this day you can catch her coloring or doodling. She graduated with a Visual Communication degree in Michigan, and has worked over 15 years as a production artist - creating all types of artwork at a quick turnaround rate. In 2016, she moved to sunny Florida to start a new chapter in her life. Now, she wears many hats - freelancing, volunteering, teaching fitness classes, and her most favorite of all...working with PWAT.
Connie’s love for art began as a small child, and it continued to grow into her passion. Born and raised in Iowa and Connie relocated to Minneapolis, MN in 1987 where she pursued her art degree.
Connie enjoys working in many mediums such as acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, pencil and ink. She had done murals for schools and businesses in Iowa, Minnesota and Florida. Locally her murals can be seen at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Muse Galleria, SPARCC, and various residential homes. Her work has also been published in P.C. Magazine.
Connie is having the time of her life at Painting with a Twist and she wants all of you to know that it is not how well you paint, it’s how well you feel when you paint!
Dante was born in New Jersey in '75. His mother, being an art teacher, began teaching him at the very young age of 2 years old. He relocated to Sarasota, Florida in '91. After graduating high school, he worked with Disney as an apprentice and local artists learning new skills and techniques. His heart is in painting, portraits, abstracts, classic recreations, wildlife, as well as fantasy (dragons, mermaids and other mythical creatures). Other talents are woodcarving, sculpturing, portraits and custom artwork in and on classic automobiles. His work can be seen in several local galleries, business/school murals and has donated many paintings for charity auctions to raise money for special-needs children. Dante's art is currently displayed on St Armand's circle, Main St., and Cafe Barbosso
Tabitha is an aspiring animator enrolled in the Ringling College of Art and Design in sunny Sarasota. Her great grandmother instilled in her a love for art from a very young age and she has been creating it ever since! Tabitha has always loved art, but her passion for it escalated when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her mother's arduous cancer treatment, Tabitha found solace in creating art and firmly believes in the therapeutic abilities of painting. Now, five years later, Tabitha is very thankful to say that her mom is cancer free! From that experience, Tabitha gained a newfound appreciation and passion for life and art - an energy that she brings to the studio with her joviality and optimism.