Our St. Petersburg, FL Painting with a Twist Artists
Hi, my name is Anna, I have always loved art! I have been drawing since I was 8 years old. My background is Greek and Italian. I am so thankful that I was hired by PWAT a year and a half ago! I am able to utilize all of my gifts there which include: dance, singing, and comedy. During the day I teach PE, languages, and art at a special needs school. In my spare time I like to go to the gym and Salsa dancing is my favorite thing in the whole world! Animals are my true love and a peacock visits me daily! I rescue homeless cats and find them homes in my spare time, I utilize my Veterinary Assistant certificate by doing that for our community. I love all of the Arts and I am so thankful to get to use them at Painting With a Twist!
I grew up on a job-site raised by wild hippies and learned a lot. I am a certified yoga teacher. I love the outdoors, biking, kayaking, swimming and camping. I can start a fire like no one else and cook a full dinner on it. I love dogs-- especially my French bulldog Yuca. I am a tomboy at heart, my friends are my family, my favorite color is the turquoise off the ocean of Flamingo Beach. I have always been told I should either be a comedian or a salesman.
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!
I have been with Painting with a Twist since December 2017. I absolutely love guiding and facilitating people from all artistic levels by creating fun art from the heart and not so much in the head. I believe all people are born creative and somewhere along the way they become blocked out by fear or of being judged. There is no judgment here at Painting with a Twist just camaraderie and fun! Wine, fellowship, music, and paint...where's the problem in any of that? Come join me in painting with a twist of joy, smiles, and lots of laughter.
Hi! My name is McKenzie and I've been working at Painting With A Twist for 2+ years and have loved every minute of it. I was born and raised in St. Pete and graduated from FSU in 2017. I am currently finishing my Masters in Elementary Education and plan to teach full time in the upcoming school year. When I am not working I am usually at home with my boyfriend, our two dogs, and my bearded dragon. I love all kinds of art, but painting has my heart. I couldn't imagine a better job than teaching what I love most.
Hi, my name is Melissa. I was born in Scranton, Pa( No, I do not watch the office! ;) I graduated from ESU with a bachelor degree in Art. I moved to Florida 17 yrs ago and started a family. While I was a stay-at-home mom I ran an Etsy shop called "Itty Bitty Barkers" where I made custom dog sculptures. I also wrote and illustrated a children's book "The Zombie who liked to eat butts" and a coloring book for women. My first job out of the house was Paining with a Twist and I really love painting so this was the perfect job for me! I met so many fun people and couldn't ask for a better job! Over the past two years, my husband and I followed our dream of creating our own theme park ride. It is called the Art Ride and we change the theme seasonally. We have done themes such as Alice in Wonderland, Creepy Christmas, Wizard of Oz, and our most popular... The Terror Tent! Besides art, animals are my passion and if I won the lottery today, I would start a farm sanctuary!
Hello! My name is Tawny, my life in St. Pete started just a few years ago and I love it here. I was born in South Dakota, where I got my degree in Art Education then I moved to Nashville and was a preschool teacher and bartender till I moved to Florida! Now my life consists of Disney and beaches and I wouldn't have it any other way. My husband and I also have a small woodworking company where we make fun custom things for clients.
Hey, hi, hello. I’m currently studying Illustration and Graphic Arts at USFSP. I really like Disney and I hope to one day design characters for their animated TV shows or movies. In my free time I love binging TV shows (Friends is obviously the best), coding and doing art stuff. A cool thing about me I guess is that I spent most of my life living in Europe. I was born in Poland and before moving to US I got to live in Ireland. So yeah, I have an accent. I started working at Painting with a Twist because I was looking for a place that would let me make use of my love for art and teaching and that would work with my busy college schedule. Applying there was one of the best decisions I made! I love seeing people discover art skills they never thought they had and leave the studio really happy and impressed with themselves.