Influences of Art have surrounded Jen from a young age as her father was an art teacher and had many of his original creations on display in their home. Her father is still actively involved in watercolor painting at the age of 84. Jen's older brother Eric also was an extraordinary artist who attended New York City's Pratt institute of Art. Growing up around talented people, it was natural for the Arts to be a part of her life. She is a self-taught artist enjoying drawing, painting, and crafting. After raising a family and working many years as a customer service agent selling medical equipment in St. Petersburg, she decided she wanted to be more actively involved with Art and its positive effect on people.
Jen joined the PWAT team with the desire to help others discover how painting can be fun, relaxing, and healing for the mind, body and soul. Painting With A Twist offers a perfect setting where customers can gain greater release from the everyday stress and worries of the world through exploring their creative potential.
Jen also enjoys volunteering her time for great causes such as the Veterans Creating for Community project at the IRB Beach Art Center and looks forward to the opportunity to be involved with the "Painting With A Purpose" to help raise money for local community organizations. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors as much as possible. Favorite things include sunset walks on the beach, boating, fishing, and kayaking. Jen is very happy to have left the corporate world behind and to be spending more time drawing and painting for fun!
Robert has been creating pictures as long as he can remember, but it was at age 14 when his father gave him permission to take a life drawing course at the local community college that set him on the path to becoming an artist. In addition to illustration, painting, and graphic design, Riedel has since gone on to paint stunning murals that grace homes and commercial buildings. Bobby, as many of his friends and family call him, was raised in Pittsburg, California in the east San Francisco Bay area. Later, he studied math, art, and physics at College of the Siskiyous in Mt. Shasta, California. He is now a freelance artist working in illustration, painting, comics, design, and murals. On the rare occasion that he is not working, he enjoys running, hiking and going to the beach with his wife, Suzanna.
BYOB, must be 21 to consume adult beverages
Age 15 and older are recommended for our evening classes.