Vanessa LeighRaised in a household that encouraged creative freedom of all types, Vanessa was destined to create. She started to paint from the time she could sit, and her mother still has finger paintings she did at 6 months old (until someone buys them on Etsy!). She finds it incredibly therapeutic to illustrate the world through her eyes with paint and a brush, and she loves sharing this passion with her students.
Vanessa attended the New Hampshire Institute of Art with a major in Painting. She is also an established actress, having starred in several independent films (e.g., “Joy and the Apocalypse”) and national commercials (e.g., for Dunkin Donuts, Intel). As Lead Instructor, Vanessa is in a unique position to combine her love for art with her communications talents to inspire everyone to find their inner Muse.
Celia GraySince she was five years old Celia has been an avid hiker, nature fanatic and outdoor enthusiast with an adventurous spirit. Painting and drawing has always been a way for Celia to express herself and to express her love for the outdoors. Watercolor is her favorite type of painting, as it was the first type she learned and what ultimately helped her recognize her passion for art. Celia recently graduated from Manchester Community College with a focus in fine arts where she flourished when it came to painting and drawing. For the past five years Celia has been employed as a temporary tattoo airbrush artist for events throughout New England. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and counts her dogs among her best friends! Celia encourages every one of all ages to be creative, channel their inner artist and experience the fun of creating a masterpiece of their very own with Muse!
Amanda HeislerArt has always played a huge role in Amanda’s life, and in college she discovered her passion to teach and experience art with others. She believes art is not represented by final product alone, but also by the creative process and environment in which we create. To explore and express oneself is exhilarating, and Amanda loves the opportunity to assist others with this experience.
Amanda grew up on a New Hampshire farm where she spent much of her time painting scenic surroundings (when not building impressive outdoor forts). She graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a BFA in painting. She has since taught various subjects concurrent with pursuing a Masters in Art Education. Amanda’s art experience and strong teaching background allow her a great combination to help everyone get the best out of their Muse experience!
Jessica LaurenceJessi is a fine artist who has been painting since her first lesson at the Currier Art museum when she was 5, and her love of art has not stopped since. She had the pleasure of attending art school for 4 years at Maryland Institute College of Art and graduated with a BFA in painting 2013. She has since been an artist assistant for multiple artists doing everything from photorealistic oil painting to glass art. She now does freelance book illustration work as well as any other commission work she can get her hands on. Although her taste when it comes to her own work are traditional and have an emphasis on realism, she is always looking to further her skills and push herself to develop a style as an artist that is unique to her. She is inspired by some of her favorite artists such as Euan Uglow, Ingres, Rembrandt, Rothko, Monet, and Wendy Artin. As an artist at MUSE Jessi is able to share her work with others, teach them to discover their own artistic style, learn to be creative, and most importantly have fun! After all, one of the best things about making artwork is being able to share it!
Adam KarolianAdam credits his mother—a high school art teacher—with introducing him to art and leading him down a creative path. He took art lessons from childhood to high school, taking many family trips to various museums along the way. In his upbringing, he was exposed to a gamut of visual art and music, during which he developed a fascination with the likes of Van Gogh and Edward Hopper.
Adam’s collegiate pursuits culminated with a degree in Communication Arts from the University of New Hampshire. He also took several courses at the New Hampshire Institute of Art to further satisfy his artistic passions. More recently, he has led guided Segway tours of Manchester and commissioned several art works. Adam’s unique blend of communications and artistic experience makes him a great asset to Muse Paintbar.
Jessica AndersonJessica’s interest in visual arts began when she was a child. She grew up in a very imaginative home, where her mother, who is a self-taught artist, encouraged, inspired, and sparked creativity every day. She has a passion for beauty and tries to capture it within her drawings and paintings. Some of her favorite artists include Claude Monet, Johannes Vermeer, and Gustav Kilmt. She strives to help others see the world in new ways through the arts. Jessica is an art teacher at D.J. Bakie Elementary School in Kingston, NH. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s Degree in Education, both from the University of New Hampshire. Jessica is inspired by the world around her. She has lived in several countries and has experienced many different cultures. Some of her fondest memories include feeding the giant koi fish in Taiwan, watching the lanterns take flight at the dragon boat festival in South East Asia, and trekking across the Great Wall of China. She is a member of the New Hampshire Art Educator’s Association and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. She believes that the arts allow us to say what cannot be said, and she cherishes the fact that the arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
Nina SmithNina is a self-taught artist who believes that art is meant to be shared, valued, and appreciated. Growing up in a musical home, she has always been encouraged to do what she loves and to go after her dreams, which resulted in a rare combination of natural talent and insight into the creative process. With full support, she cultivated an artistic mindset that allows her to keep on seeking new ways to create and share the way she sees the world with the people around her.Born with a love and understanding for anything artistic, Nina has experimented with many different art forms, including songwriting, photography, sketching, and painting. She’s always had a passion for any creative outlets she could use to express herself with, and truly enjoys helping others do the same.
Angela DispiritoAngela is an artist from Fall River Massachusetts. She attended Bristol Community College for fine arts, and the University of Massachusetts for Sculpture where she won numerous awards and accreditations for her artwork, and was even featured on a two person show for her sculpture. She continued her research in art while studying abroad all over the world including the Azores, Italy, and England. Although she is classically trained in sculpture, painting has always been something she truly enjoys. Following college, she moved to New Hampshire and works in her home studio every day, where she works on her drawings, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and accessories for her Etsy shop! As for work, Angela feels so lucky to be an artist at Muse Paintbar. It is truly an awesome job for an artist to have and she absolutely loves going to work every single day! Besides working and making art, she loves sewing, enjoys going to rally racing events with her racecar shop owner boyfriend Tom, hula hooping, and playing makeup artist for photoshoots. She operates her own websiteand sells lots of prints of her artwork online which can be seen at www.angeladispirito.weebly.com.
Kristy EllsworthWith a love of all things art related, Kristy dabbles in many creative outlets. She loves to make clothes for herself and her two young daughters, Reagan and Sam. Kristy loves to shop at thrift stores and refashion her finds into something fabulous. Inspired by Old Hollywood Divas, Kristy brings a flair for the dramatic to all areas of her life (much to the dismay of her very patient husband Cale).<br />
Attending art school at Gibbs College in Boston, Kristy discovered a love for graphic novels and urban art. Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and David Catrow are among the artists that she most admires. Teaching has always been near and dear to Kristy’s heart. Her 2 younger brothers are very glad that Kristy has real students now and they no longer have to be her guinea pigs =) Kristy loves working with children and finds it exciting to see how they interpret art and are not confined to the “rules” of the creative process. “It’s all sunshine and butterflies” is the motto that Kristy has adopted and hopes that her cheery optimism is contagious.
Heather BrownA creative eye and a passion for art has lead Heather to become the artist she is. With an interest in abstract, she enjoys the works of Georgia O’Keefe and Jackson Pollack. Heather’s love for painting developed at a young age as she watched her parents paint on various objects such as decorative ceramics, mugs, wood, & glass. You name it, they painted it!
Heather is a self-taught artist and loves exploring new ways to approach her paintings. With two young boys at home she always expresses how important it is to explore their creativeness. She enjoys sharing her love for art with them. With a positive attitude and a passion to work with people, Heather is a tremendous asset to the Muse team.