Karen is originally from Baton Rouge, La, and spent most of her life inTexas, relocating to the Temple area in 2014 when she joined the PWAT team. She graduated from Texas State University with a BBA in management and focused on a corporate career in both the insurance and legal industries. Having no formal art education or training, she is self taught and has sketched and painted all her life, and art has always been second nature to her. She loves painting and creating and has discovered that she also loves teaching and really enjoys sharing her gift of painting with others. Helping people learn to paint has become a never ending rewarding experience to her and she absolutely loves her 'job'! She is also a freelance artist and enjoys painting anything from murals to Tom's shoes and everything in between. When she's not in the studio painting, she enjoys spending time with her husband Robin, raising and caring for their alpacas and all the other critters at their ranch. Karen and her husband Robin recently purchased the Temple studio and are very excited about their new adventure and look forward to inspiring people to have fun and create lasting memories through art!
Nicknamed “the Annamal” for her love of animals, Anna is a passionate artist. You will often find her doodling in class or painting pictures of her spirit animal, the fox. Anna is working towards a degree in Graphic Design at UMHB. She has been taking art classes since the age of 9, including classes in painting, drawing, digital art, animation, and 3D Design. She is the proud sister of six younger siblings. Anna loves working with children and has nannied for four different families over the past few years. She will be happily married in June and is excited to start raising a family here in Temple.
Antonio is an artist who loves “creativity.” Why you might ask? He says, “By being creative, you are free to add your own individuality into anything you create.” He’s lived in Texas all his life, grew up in different cities, and all his experiences thrive on that, individuality. His favorite mediums are acrylics, pastels and pencils. While working on various pieces, he uses different tools to aid him with inspiration for his creations. When he is not working with art, he ventures outdoors for hiking and running to revitalize the senses. Also, he enjoys gaming, watching movies, relaxing, and being out with family and friends.
Jayna Patel recently received her degree in both philosophy and mathematics, and intends on attending law school. Alongside these many interests is a passion for art as well as teaching others, so she loves teaching at Painting With a Twist whenever she can! Jayna is a firm believer interdisciplinary studies, which is what has led her to study a wide variety of subjects - including organizing a mathematical art show! For Jayna, life is too short to make work and fun mutually exclusive.
“Katie is from a small town in west Texas. I love cats and am a pretty friendly person. I’m an author as well as a painter and a student and I am currently working towards getting a bachelors in History and Art.
Kyle is a yankee born and raised in Chicago. He likes long drives, banter and dense reading. He has been making art since he was ten. Now that he has graduated from Texas State University with a BFA he is building a career in art.
Born and raised in Temple, Texas, then a New Mexico resident over 20 years, the land of Enchantment's culture, history and mystique continue to be a big influence on Lana's ideas and pieces. Whimsical with a twist of mischief, Lana's style reflects her fun kitschy nature and eclectic tastes. A mother of one wild child, named Wesley and two doggie children, one of which is a bulldog named Sheldon, and FIVE kitties, Lana's deep love for art, music, animals and life, is conveyed in one way or another in each and every piece of art she creates. Talented in the arts and driven by a desire to travel and express herself, Lana's creative outlets are diverse. From creating jewelry to humanitarian efforts, her energy is endless and contagious.
Born and raised in Temple, Texas, Lila is a young artist with a love of acrylics. She’s been painting for as long as she can remember, and loves to teach others about her passion. Outside the studio, she enjoys creative writing, journalism, and the sciences. Even though she was born in Texas, and her family is from South Africa, she hopes to go to college somewhere up north. There, she will pursue a degree in neuroscience, while still continuing to paint whenever she can.