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Our Santa Clarita, CA Painting with a Twist Artists

Viola

Viola

"Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness" Anni Albers. My name is Viola and I was born and raised in Germany, but have lived in the L.A. area since 1996. I started experimenting with different mediums at an early age. The first medium I fell in love with was mirrors. I would smash them and make collages with broken mirror pieces and sell them. I was discovered along with Diane Kruger by Elite Modeling agency in Hamburg and worked as a model and singer all over the world until 2005. My career allowed me to travel to 60 different countries and I became passionate about learning of different cultures, food, customs, architecture, and art. One of my favorite trips is to Vienna to view the golden art of Gustav Klimt. I am obsessed with churches. I have found the most beautiful churches are in Eastern Europe. The terrible beauty of amazing architecture destroyed by poverty is haunting-Vilnius in Lithuania being one of my favorite places. I became obsessed with illuminated manuscript-the darkness illuminated by gold leaf and light inspired me. The Book of Kells in Dublin is probably my favorite, I often travel to Dublin and relish each opportunity to visit the Trinity College Library where it is on display. Diane Avis, my art teacher and mentor, taught me everything I know about painting. She always pushed me beyond my limits. Every time, I sit down to paint I hear her voice in the back of my head: “Work from large to small…find a stable point...step back…use paint to paint…don’t mix palettes…use your plumb line…lightest light and darkest dark...stay loose.” After years of charcoal sketches, set ups and live drawing, I studied old masters such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Camille Pissaro, Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin, Rembrandt van Rijn, Edgar Degas, etc. at Mission Renaissance Fine Art School in Pacific Palisades, Ca. from 2003-2008. The first time I exclusively used a pallet knife was when I duplicated Sea at Ogunquit by Edward Hopper. I fell in love with the use of the pallet knife-how you could apply really thick and juicy paint on the canvas, create more depth than you could with a brush and take “mixing high” to a whole new level. Visiting the tombs in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, I was fascinated with the darkness of the tombs and the illumination of the gold hieroglyphics. Soon, I began to combine thick paint applied with a pallet knife with gold, copper, and silver metals...I had found my own style. In my personal life I enjoy being a mother of 2 boys, have been teaching Art Appreciation at my son's elementary school for K,1st and 2nd grade for 3 years, sing in the Bel Air Church choir, enjoy scuba diving, horseback riding, skiing, golf, tennis, Bikram yoga, swimming, photography, cooking, baking, knitting and sewing. I would love to share my passion for art with you and can't wait to see you at the studio to let loose and create some fun art. "Earth without art is just eh"- Go. Make. Art.

Mindy

Mindy

Hello artists! My name is Mindy. I have been an artist my entire life, studying both fine art to animation. I was awarded with honors for Studio Art and pursued my Associates in Art at College of the Canyons. I am a recent graduate from California State University Northridge in Northridge with a BA in Art/Animation. My biggest accomplishment was to create a modern version Vincent Van Gogh “Starry Night over the Rhone” with epoxy resin, glow in the dark paint and crushed glass. I have a deep passion for all art subjects and the joy that it can bring people all of ages together to take a blank canvas and turn it into something beautiful. I’m looking forward to sharing the creativity and joy with you all!

Marcial

Marcial

Hey everyone! I'm Marcial. I have admired art and animation my whole life and am currently studying visual development and concept art. Painting has always been a passion of mine, from the time I was a goofy kid customizing skateboards for my friends to now, working here at Painting with a Twist! I'm really looking forward to helping people express themselves creatively and guiding them through the painting process. I can't wait to meet you all!

Marie

Marie

Hi everyone! I’m Marie! I’ve loved painting and drawing all my life. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawing dragons and painting every surface I can. I’m a grad student studying acting, but I’ve never been able to put down my brush. To me, making art is about having fun and putting a bit of yourself in everything you create. Anyone, regardless of skill level or experience can make something special and wonderful. I’m so excited to meet you all! Let’s start painting!

Hilary

Hilary

If I was to explain my creative background in one word, it would be diverse. Born and raised in Southern California, cultural diversity was abundant. The fast paced environment and constant sunshine engrained a sense of movement and energy (a fire) within me. As far back as I can remember I have been attracted to color, design and working with my hands. Throughout childhood, my family supported all of my creative endeavors and allowed my talents to flourish. During high school and college I acquired technical skills in the Adobe Suite (specifically Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign). In 2006, I attended FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising), located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. My focus was on ‘Product Development.’ The knowledge gained from my time at FIDM was valuable, but I soon realized I had more passion for the arts than what that school could offer. In need of change, I moved to Washington state in 2008. There, I attended college and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Interior Design. I also hold certificates in the specialized fields of ‘Green Design’ and ’Kitchen & Bath Design.’ My work experience is vast; from building computers to designing custom furniture and lighting. For the last decade, I have managed a fine art studio, working hand-in-hand with galleries and artists throughout the globe to produce large-scale installations at fine art fairs, commercial buildings throughout the U.S, as well as a 100’ mural at the World Trade Center. Additionally, I also have experience in event production, brand development, product development, photography, social media management, content creation and web design. All of my experiences have led to this moment, and I am grateful for each and every one of them.

Sarah-Marie

Sarah-Marie

Like a lot of artists, I have loved sketching since I was a young girl, using either charcoal or graphite. I would try to copy whatever I could find as accurately as I could. I really got into painting when I went to college at Lake Washington Institute of Technology for an Associates in Design. I took an art class and decided for my final piece I was going to paint my mum's dog, Biscuit. They live back in the UK where I was born and raised, so I missed her dearly and wanted something to remind me of her. She was my first ever pet portrait! I have spent several years working with animals. During this time I have drawn/painted many beloved pets. I adore watching animals and their behavior then capturing the personality of each one with a pencil and a paintbrush. One thing I love most about the creative process, is that you don't always know where it will take you or what the finished piece will look like - but that's precisely why I keep doing it. Some of my finest memories were the countless times when my siblings and I would sit and draw together. It's such a wonderful way to spend time with your family and friends. I look forward to helping you create your own masterpiece!

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