Annie is a graphic artist, web designer and all-around maker of things! Born and raised in Baltimore, she received her BA in graphic design from University of Maryland. She has been living in the Philadelphia area for almost 20 years and is a proud resident of Media.
Annie loves to see people enjoying art and making it their own. She believes that everyone is an artist-- all it takes is a little bit of confidence! She is so grateful that she gets to make art every day and is excited to share the experience with you in a stress-free zone!
When she isn't working, Annie is a rabid quilter and a whiz on the sewing machine. She also enjoys reading (fiction, literature), swimming laps (best way to meditate!), binge-watching shows on Netflix, and with two dogs and two cats of her own she is very involved with animal rescue and adoption.
Caryn has called Media her hometown for 18 years. Along with her husband, Warren, they raised two children and two dogs in this wonderful town. She graduated from Drexel University with a major in Interior Design. She comes from a very artistic family. Her mother instilled a passion for art and all things creative in her from an early age. Her passions are dogs, interior design, travel, photo-journalism, sewing, crocheting, and painting. She loves to paint, party, and laugh so Painting with a Twist is a perfect fit for Caryn!
My philosophy on art is that it should be a light hearted and fun process that helps you see your creative side and make something great. No matter what you create, a little piece of yourself should go into it and make you smile. With a BA in fine arts from Ursinus College, and a Post-Baccalaureate degree from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, my life has been about painting since a young age. I love to create images of landscapes, animals, and abstract designs. Along with my creative spirit, I also love travel stories, yoga, and all kinds of animals. So if you have any stories of adventure, animals/pets, or enlightenment to share, I’d love to trade some with you. Paint what you love and love what you paint and remember that anything can be art, sometimes it just takes a little creative imagination to help you see it. Or a glass of wine! ;)
Franny, started working in our Media studio as a Floor Artist in October of 2015 and quickly became a Stage Artist!
Franny has lived for her art since age four and has always fully believed that any art worth making should be fun to make. Before becoming a part of her P.W.A.T. family, Franny studied 2-D Art and Art Therapy for three semesters at Seton Hill University. She now finds herself living her dream and sharing it with others at Painting With A Twist. Franny feels blessed everyday she picks up her paintbrush. She’s never been at a job that makes her happier than to work with the team at PWAT in Media. You can easily find Franny dancing spiritedly and singing slightly off-key in our studio. Her life aspiration is to make everyone's day a little brighter and making sure they leave her company either smiling or laughing. In her free time, Franny enjoys visiting her family in Glen Mills or watching anime with her boyfriend all the while trying not to go broke from buying too many cookies and baking supplies.
I started drawing at the age of 3. I stuck to casual drawing before going to PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts) for life drawing workshops. I ended up temporarily changing majors before coming back to the art field as a graphic design major.
I have the strong belief that everyone is an artist. To be an artist is just to be creative or have a passion for creativity. Accountants, lawyers, doctors, secretaries, and just about any other profession you can think of force you to use some level of creativity to get the job done. That means no matter your job, age, or experience you are an artist. So, take a sip, unwind, and have a good time!
Karishma is a recent resident of Pennsylvania. Born and brought up in North Carolina, Karishma studied Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her undergraduate years, she competitively danced on Bollywood and traditional Indian dance teams. She is now pursuing her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Widener University. Meanwhile, she is a floor and stage artist at PWAT Media! Karishma is a self-taught artist who has been drawing since she was just four years old. She continued to take art electives throughout grade school and, in 2013, began her own art business. Karishma specializes in Indian-themed art, specifically henna designs, and strives to make affordable art for all customers. She finds that creating art has a therapeutic aspect, and hopes to incorporate it into her psychology practice in the future. To see more of Karishma's art, check out her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/karishmasart.
Mike Dougherty is the newest addition to our team of instructors at Painting With A Twist-Media, PA. He is a self taught artist, originally finding a passion in drawing when he was very young. He then branched out over the years, experimenting with other mediums such as pencil, charcoal, and of course, painting. He loves how art can elicit a feeling of self-fulfillment and enjoys helping others experience that as well. Getting to meet awesome people and assist them in translating their personality into their art is one of his newly found passions. Mike hopes to inspire you and ensure that you have an amazing night out with all of us at Painting With A Twist-Media!
“That girl that does art and stuff, right?” That’s me; from the moment I picked up a pencil and never put it down, I knew that art would become a major part of my life. Growing up, I used to write on my walls-sorry mom, and doodle in my notebooks and always had my sketchbook at hand. I loved art so much, I decided to go to DCCC for my associates degree in Graphic design. From there I went off to West Chester University where my new passion for painting began. I always told myself that I wasn’t a painter until my Senior year of college. When graphic designing failed for me, painting came naturally. I’m always doing something creative, so I started my own business where I made custom jewelry, graduation caps, jackets and the list goes on! When I’m not in the studio painting, you can catch me listening to music, watching a movie or working on another project. Art isn’t always what you see, but how you felt making it.