Emily is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has been an artist at Painting with a Twist since April 2015 and current studio manager. The thing Emily loves the most about teaching at Painting with a Twist is going from being total strangers to feeling like fast friends by the time the class is over! When she's not painting at home, you can find her playing board games or Frisbee golf in the park.
Kama has been an artist at Painting with a Twist since December 2010. She received a Bachelor of Interior Design degree from LSU. She has two beautiful daughters, Cassidy and Ashley, both with lots of artistic talent. A lifelong water lover, she lives in Mandeville near Lake Pontchartrain. Her favorite thing about working at PWAT is interacting with a variety of different people and seeing them surprise themselves with their undiscovered talents.
Rob has been an artist at the Mandeville studio since February 2016. Rob grew up in Small town, USA, before moving off to Austin, Texas in his early twenties to soak up all the culture it has to offer. He moved back to Louisiana to complete his undergrad degree in printmaking in his early late twenties. He is allergic to pets.
Sarah is a native to Mandeville and went to college at LSU. She's ball of fire and energy and will have you rolling in laughter during any class she teaches. She's so talented that she is a corporate artist for Painting with a Twist creating fabulous artwork for new studios and grand openings. She enjoys abstract painting in her spare time, along with pet portraits. When she's not at the studio, you can find her unwinding with friends on the lakefront.
Therese has been at Painting with a Twist since April 2013, and is a Covington native. She minored in art at University of Southern Mississippi with a major in Psychology. Therese works mainly in oils, along with acrylics creating unique abstract design for both commissions and her personal art portfolio.
Ryan is originally from Franklinton, Louisiana. After earning his degree from SLU he moved to New York City where he spent the next nine years. While there Ryan studied classical painting at the Teaching Studios of Art in Brooklyn. Ryan met his wife Heather in Brooklyn in 2009 and was able to drag her back to Louisiana when the two moved to Mandeville in 2010. Since then Ryan has been working as a portrait painter, metal artist, and teaching at PWAT! In September of 2015 Ryan and Heather welcomed their new daughter Harper Eden into the world!
Denise Hopkins paints every day, rain or shine, at 1:00 pm when her three-year-old son naps. She began this daily commitment in April of 2014 and has been devoted to it ever since. She has a bachelor’s degree in studio art and English from Spring Hill College and a master’s degree in English from Louisiana State University. When she’s not teaching at Painting with a Twist or working in her home studio, Denise can be found painting live at wedding receptions throughout the New Orleans and Baton Rouge area. Denise loves teaching people how to paint, particularly getting them to stop worrying about how it looks and just have fun! She is committed to converting perfectionists into relaxed, happy artists.
Jane is a Baton Rouge native who now resides in Covington with her husband, two pit bulls, two boa constrictors, and a tarantula. She specializes in animal-themed artwork and loves all animals, especially snakes, dogs, and horses. When she is not busy instructing and creating artwork at Painting With A Twist, she is pursuing her passion of field herpetology. She loves football and is a die-hard LSU Tigers and Denver Broncos fan. She has worked at Painting With A Twist since 2011.
I go by Guece, pronounced "goose". I am originally from Nicaragua. I grew up in Baton Rouge, LA. I currently reside in Covington. Art has always been a passion for me. I went to the Art Institute of Houston for Graphic Design. I've worked in magazine firms designing ads and layouts. I've worked with Apple as a technician as well as a trainer. I've been in the fashion industry establishing a brand. I've done small films and continue to do independent projects. I love doing story boarding and conceptual design for movies and games. I post my illustrations through instagram and deviant art, username Guece. When I have time I like to paint. I love creating and designing. That's a glimpse of me.
Must be 21+ to consume alcohol. Drink responsibly.
AGES 18 & UP unless otherwise noted in the class description. Infants and toddlers below the age of 6 are not allowed in the studio, with an exception for private events.