Ashley was born in D.C., but has lived all over Delaware since she was five years old. Ashley has been drawing, painting, and doing crafts since she was a little kid. She never really wanted to take an art class because she didn’t want to be judged on her own personal use of techniques or style, but it didn’t stop her from continuing to create art as often as possible. Ashley loves that art can take so many different forms and that it can be interpreted in so many ways. Fun fact: Ashley loves dinosaurs and does a lot of cosplay with local groups. She loves that PWAT brings art into the lives of those who maybe don’t feel like they are artist “enough” in their daily lives, or to people who just never really got into the artistic process. It is such an accessible way to challenge ourselves in a fun and stress-free setting. She hopes to bring her joy and love for art into each class and give a little spark of inspiration to those she teaches.
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!
Crisitan was born and raised in Sulmona, Italy. He moved to Delaware, graduated as class president at McKean High School and earned a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Delaware. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. As an artist at Painting with a Twist, Cristian is among our most beloved instructors. His sense of humor and charismatic personality gets Twisters in the right mood for a fun painting party.
Deanna is an east coast native about to graduate University of Delaware with a BFA in Fine Arts- wish her luck! She is an artist and performer through and through, splitting her time between professional stage acting and traditional visual arts. Deanna’s philosophy is embracing your own weirdness and learning to dress and express yourself in whatever way makes your bizarre little heart happy. She can’t wait to paint and laugh with you!
A.J. - Deanna's Service Dog
AJ is a 7-year-old black lab mix with a passion for helping others. After being rescued in 2017, with lots of hard work AJ received his canine good citizen certification to be a service dog. He has used it to fulfill his dream of being beside Deanna every second of every day. He loves ball and belly rubs and a nice sweater, and although he can’t hold a paintbrush, he is happy to reassure painters they are doing an amazing job and he loves you wholeheartedly.
Jake believes that everyone is an artist, some people just practice more than others. His art education started, like everyone’s, in his highchair with fistfuls of pureed peas and carrots. He later studied Art and Music Education at Rowan University in his homeland of New Jersey. He has dabbled in a multitude of traditional and unconventional media and hopes to never stop finding new ways to produce art. Jake delights in empowering others' creativity and loves that at PWAT the power to create is just a brush stroke (and maybe a beverage or two) away. He strives to have every twister leave the studio with a creation they are proud of, a fresh dose of confidence, and a chuckle on their lips.
Ky is originally from York, Pennsylvania. She has been taking art classes since middle school and have used this in her teaching. Ky sells paintings and has taught personal art classes as well. A fun fact about Ky, she is a avid dancer & has a tendency to dance anywhere, at anytime. As a PWAT artist, wants to make our Twisters confident and fall in love with art and give them an excellent experience filled with art and lots of laughs.
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.
Lizzie was born and raised in Smyrna, Delaware. She is a self-taught artist and has been a PWAT/Paint and Sip junkie since 2013 and occasionally paints at home too! She like to crochet, but usually only finishes hats.
Lizzie is excited about being a PWAT Artist because help appreciate and teach the little things. Fun art is all about simple steps and the basic that help make your piece shine. She loves helping others and wants them to leave PWAT super proud of their work and know it is not always hard to try new things.
Max was born and raised in Delaware & has been drawing since he was a young kid. Since then, Max has taken art courses through high school and in his free time. Max has won multiple art contests and participated in art shows. Besides painting and drawing, Max also practices photography, both film and digital, and also enjoys sculpting and ceramics. Max looks forward to sharing the passion and joy of creating art and bringing life to not only the canvas but to everyone around him. He feels that painting and art are all about expression, freedom and creativity, things we are all capable of. He looks forward to helping our Twisters access that and pull it into reality, while doing so with a smile and some laughs.
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.
Sarah is a Delawarean who attended St. Marks High School and the University of Delaware. She earned a BFA in painting and then pursed a degree in elementary education. During the day, she’s a middle school math teacher proving that artists can be good at math too! To Sarah, being part of the initial team to open Painting with A Twist Newark mean a lot. Her fun and charismatic personality often result on Twisters coming back for another painting. Since PWAT Newark opened in 2014, Sarah has welcomed baby Gabby & Dean into the world but still loves to spend time with our Twisters.
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!