TAMPA, Fla. - For many, painting a decent picture seems impossible. However, a new business in the Bay Area proves anyone can be a skilled artist.
The business is called Painting with a Twist, and just about every class is packed.
When you walk into the place along South MacDill Avenue, your eyes are drawn to the work on the wall. For anyone that takes a class, they will walk out with their own masterpiece.
"I love to paint, so I thought it was a great idea," Katie Fink said.
Fink and her mom, Stella, heard about the new business in Tampa and thought the class would be fun.
The Finks along with others get instructions from teacher Tobey Pisarich, who on this day, is helping them create their own version of a painting called Cafe Au Lait.
"Everyone does have their own style, and I love it cause it does express yourself in every way and your creativity," Fink said.
For some, trying to paint without any artistic talent sounds stressful, but Pisarich says all of her students are relaxed, especially because many enjoy a glass of wine during the class.
Relaxation is what drew owner, Leslie Gay, to the class a few years ago. As an accountant, she escaped her career by painting. Then when Hurricane Katrina hit, she and her husband moved to the Bay Area. They saw the move as an opportunity to bring Painting With a Twist to both Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Gay says the response has been overwhelming and everyone walks out feeling confident.
"You have a finished painting that you get to put up on your walls," Gay said. "It's not something you bought at the store, you actually did it and you have a story behind it."
For more information about classes, go to: www.paintingwithatwist.com.
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