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Our Richmond, VA - Short Pump Painting with a Twist Artists

Aleyah

Aleyah

A recent grad from VCU's School of the Arts, Aleyah earned her BFA in Painting & Printmaking and a minor in Art History. She enjoys looking at surrealism, photography, as well exploring Richmond as sources of inspiration. Though painting is her pride and joy, her other creative interests include makeup, knitting, and embroidery.

Ally

Ally

Allyson graduated from James Madison University with a BFA in Graphic Design. In her free time, Allyson loves to experience beauty and culture in the world through traveling and photography. She believes painting is a fun way to free thoughts and have fun.

Carrie

Carrie

Carrie has been making art since she was old enough to hold a crayon. She graduated in 2016 from the University of Tennessee with a BFA in Graphic Design and during the pandemic got her Master's in Art Education. Carrie recently moved to RVA and is enjoying exploring a new city (so if you have any good recommendations let her know!)

Eva

Eva

From small-town life in Appalachia to starting a new chapter in the "big city" of Richmond, Eva recently graduated from the interior design department at VCU. Though most of her design work requires creating images digitally, she eagerly looks for any opportunity to create art with her hands! In the rare moments she isn't busy with schoolwork, you can expect to spot Eva thrifting around for old furniture or working on a home improvement project. Most importantly, she is a proud mother of a beautiful tuxedo cat, Tony!

Gary

Gary

Gary's first coloring book when he was a kid got him hooked. Geez it was hard staying inside those lines! Then one day he drew his left hand and it looked like his left hand. He took art all through high school. Majored in History at Virginia Tech. No more art classes, but always had a sketch pad or canvas close by. On his own he studied the great masters, Monet, Van Gogh, Bob Ross. He spent the past 8 years instructing at Spirited Art. He worked 31 years at Verizon. He has a wife, Lucy and daughter, Kelly. He is a tennis coach at Collegiate HS and a USTA tennis official. Whether it's a brush stroke or a tennis stroke he has you covered.

Kat

Kat

A recent graduate from the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech, Kat earned her BFA in Creative Technology with a minor in Cinema. As an aspiring local artist, Kat's current body of work utilizes experimental video, but during her studies, she received training in multiple studio practices, including painting. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her doggo Opi or enjoying a good movie.

Kaylee

Kaylee

Kaylee was born in San Diego, California and moved around growing up due to family in the military. She ended up going to James Madison University and getting a B.A in Art History and minor in Christian studies. Her favorite medium is acrylic paint and India ink. She spends her free time online shopping and playing with her cat, Aspen!

Maya

Maya

Hello my name is Maya! I'm relatively new to the Richmond area so if you have any cool suggestions I'm all ears (the best one gets a prize!). I earned my degree in psychology with a pre-med focus from Georgia Tech. However, for various reasons I determined medical school wasn't the right path for me, but of course I didn't have this realization until after suffering through all the chemistry courses.  During my journey of discovering what it was that I wanted to do, I had the opportunity to explore various roles. I worked as an art teacher at a Montessori school, teaching every grade from K-12. Additionally, I served as the manager and painting instructor at a Painting with a Twist studio in Texas. Currently, I'm employed at Michaels's corporate office. All of these experiences have led me to the profound realization that I want to pursue a career as an art therapist. I've enrolled in art classes beginning in May to fulfill my prerequisites so I can get my master's and license. So watch out world, prepare to become therapized!

Shauna

Shauna

Shauna was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and moved to Richmond in 2016. She has a Master's Degree in Accounting, but left that life behind to open Painting with a Twist. Shauna has always been an artist at heart and was ready to make a change and follow her passion for painting and becoming a business owner.

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