Ayla has always loved to study art. She loves painting, drawing and has recently found love in sculpture. She lives by one quote ... Art is Objective! Fun Fact: Ayla is a YouTube vlogger.
Ayla is so happy to have the chance to join the PWAT team! To have a job where she can paint all day and teach it to happy, willing participants is a dream come true... and the wine is a plus! Ayla hopes she can bring laughter and confidence to every Twister she meets!
Bailey hails from Middletown, DE and earned her BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Delaware. She loves painting, ceramics, illustration and resin casting. Fun Fact: Bailey drinks way too much coffee & has two cats named Curtis & Stuart ?! To Bailey, being an artist at PWAT means that she gets the opportunity to show people that anyone can create a beautiful work of art. She hopes to inspire our Twisters to continue being creative as self expression!
Jenn was born in Pennsylvania, but has lived in Middletown most of her life, so she considers herself a local. Arts and crafts have always been part of her life. She is a UD alum with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts and has participated in three shows. Jenn considers herself a history buff and draws her inspiration from her favorite artists, Edward Hopper and Claude Monet. Along with painting, she also favors photography and sewing/needlecraft.
A fun fact, Jenn's favorite things to draw are chickens, ever since her family got them as pets.
She is excited to be part of the PWAT Team, to be able extend the artist' experience to everyone who wants to get in touch with their creative side.
Two great forces come together in Linda, Science and Art. As a trained conservation biologist and descendant of award-winning decoy artists, Linda grew up surrounded by talent and creativity. Like many artists from the Delaware Valley, Linda draws inspiration from the natural world (specially birds). She was born in Forked River, New Jersey and moved to Delaware at the age of 21. For Linda, science and art do not have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, being an artist at Painting with a Twist is her way of sharing with people how science and art are interconnected.
Rachel was born in Georgia & now lives in Newark. She earned her Bachelor's in Education from the University of Delaware. She enjoys volunteering for local community art projects, teaching elementary & preschool art classes and specializes in illustration. Fun fact: When Rachel was 17, she met painter, George Weymouth, for a personal tour or the Brandywine Museum of Art. Rachel always knew she had a passion for teaching and passion for painting. When she realized PWAT provided an artistic outlet for the Newark community, she knew it was where she was meant to be!
Initially, some of us feel nervous to try something new. The courage and dedication devoted to mastering our talents is certainly a huge part of Sarah's art. This self-taught artist comes to us from Rising Sun, Maryland. Her love for fantasy art has led her to paint in large scales, often depicting dragons in scenic environments. For Sarah, the Painting with a Twist experience is an escape in which people find it easy to have fun and connect with each other.
Stephanie is from originally from Williamstown, NJ. She has been a portrait painter for the past 5-years and is currently studying Art as a minor at the University of Delaware. Stephanie has owned her own business, SubparStephanie since she was 18 years old! To her, being a PWAT Artist means bringing people happiness and a sense of achievement when they finish something they never thought they could do on their own! She hopes to share her positive energy with guests and bring some smiles to our Twisters faces.
Steph is a Delaware transplant, originally from Rochester, NY and a previously self-proclaimed non-artist. After a 25 year career in Corporate America, she is now a co-owner, with husband Bill, and a firm believer that anyone can find their inner artist, all it takes is great instructor and stress-free, fun environment! When not in the studio, she loves spending time with family, including son Jake, and friends & the beach is her happy place! Steph loves getting to know our Twisters and bringing PWAT art to the community! There is nothing better than the smiles at the end of a class, when our guests leave with a masterpiece they love!
Zoe is a self-taught artist in multiple mediums and started having passion for the arts when she was young. She used to have line-by-line books for drawing animals and would copy each page over and over. She have never stopped practicing and learning new things. Fun fact: Zoe sometimes likes to eat chocolate before bed, because she heard it will give you funky dreams!
As an artist it can be so easy to get caught up in making your art "perfect", but that takes away from the fun of painting. Zoe wants to create a fun and calm environment for the seasoned or first time Twister. Because perfection is impossible, but having a piece of art that is uniquely yours is forever!