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Our Santa Clarita, CA Painting with a Twist Artists

Catherine

Catherine

Hello, fellow Twisters! My name is Catherine Maina (Mah-ee-nah). I was born in Denver CO, raised my children in Pittsburgh PA, and moved to CA in 2004. I currently reside in Moorpark with my handsome hubby. My early experiences in art that I can recall were from when I was a very young child. I truly believe that being an artist is something one is born to do. My parents were direct influencers, of course, particularly my father. Watching my father fix old stuff or create new crazy stuff from whatever was available around the house seemed absolutely extraordinary to me. I immediately developed an incurable passion for arts & crafts and would spend hours in my room designing and sketching everything and anything I dreamt about. When I got older I began to explore different art forms but none of them stuck until I began to paint. Now I can’t stop! I studied through practical experience, learning through trial and error, and self-studying the works of well-known artists including millions of crafters & makers around the world. I’m also a natural teacher and have been blessed with a long and successful career in Learning and Development. I love inspiring young minds, embracing the open-minded, but most importantly, encouraging grown-ups to let go, destress, and let their inner artist out to play. Creating art is so powerfully therapeutic for all ages. We deliver a carefree escape that makes a difference in people’s lives and I am so looking forward to painting with you!

Emily

Emily

“Hi Artists, I’m Emily. Whenever I work on my own art I emphasize joy and fun. I want you to feel that way too when you come into the studio. A little about me, I graduated with a Bachelors in Visual Art and Performance from University of Texas Dallas, yee-haw! Along with being an Artist, I love to make people laugh doing Improv and Sketch Comedy. It would be a dream goal to work for Saturday Night Live. Anything where I am able to help others smile, laugh, is a win in my book. I look forward to meeting you in the studio and making your painting come out great, but more importantly, I care about seeing you have fun!”

Justin

Justin

Hi! I'm Justin, an artist from the San Fernando Valley. I have been painting for 7 years now. I love exploring the endless possibilities of what paint can do and what happens when we bring in different types of techniques like using an oil stick instead of a brush to spread the paint! I am currently a student at Los Angeles Mission College and hoping to graduate within the next year. My career as an artist is just beginning but I have shown in several galleries and have received a couple of awards. My biggest accomplishments to date are the murals that I have had the pleasure of working on in Reseda, Granada Hills, and Encino. I am looking forward to meeting new artists and hopefully inspiring a few younger artists to pursue a life of creativity!

Mary

Mary

Hi, artists! My name is Mary. Since I was young, I have gravitated towards art and crafting because of their endless possibilities and therapeutic properties. Recently, I graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington with a BA in psychology. I also had the privilege to take several art courses, one of which was a study-abroad trip for art across South Africa. I adore how art can be enjoyed alone or laughing along with others, and am looking forward to sharing that laughter and creativity with you!

Ruth

Ruth

Hello all! My name is Ruth, I received my BFA in painting recently and I love working with acrylics. I have always found painting to be one of the most meditative and satisfying experiences (especially with a little wine involved). Starting with a blank canvas a finishing with something that was fun to create and that marks the memory always brings me joy. I look forward to meeting you and sharing that experience.

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.

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