Paint Love Artists

Brandon Sadler (Rising Red Lotus)

Paint Love artist Brandon Sadler Rising Red Lotus

Brandon Sadler aka Rising Red Lotus, a name which also serves as a mantra telling the story of the lotus who’s roots were sown deep in the mud of good and evil, who gathered nutrients from both sides, and rose to the surface to become whole. He is a native ATLien, earned a BFA in Painting and Illustration from SCAD Atlanta and is a multi-disciplinary artist, calligrapher, film director, and writer. 

Sadler's style and art making philosophy is a collection of influences from his experience in American graffiti, and his studies in traditional Korean, Chinese, and Japanese calligraphy and painting, Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, comic books, graphic design, and indigenous symbolism and lore. 

One notable characteristic of his work is the text that he incorporates; it is all written using the English alphabet, but designed to emulate the Chinese character system. While living in Seoul, South Korea, Brandon saw a structural connection between English and Hogul through a shared use of vowels and consonants to form words.

Merging his awareness of these similarities with his experience as a graffiti writer, Sadler began to develop an intricate writing system that begins in brush calligraphy and can be adapted to typography and design. Cultural connectivity is a huge component in his work, which mirrors the social progression of our contemporary environment. Conceptually, his imagery speaks to a universal human condition within concepts surrounding change, connectivity, perception, and self-actualization.

Sadler is renowned for his public mural works and his solo and group exhibitions have brought him accolades as one of Atlanta's most prolific artists collected by individuals as well as the High Museum of Art. In addition to activating the fine art and public art worlds, he has also worked with several major brands to successfully bring his unique vision into the commercial space. 


Karen Anderson (Tiny Doors ATL)

 Paint Love artist Karen Anderson of Tiny Doors ATL

Tiny Doors ATL is an Atlanta-based art project bringing big wonder to tiny spaces. The constantly evolving installation pieces are an interactive part of their community. With the installation of a door, what was once a wall or the column of a bridge becomes an entrance to collective creativity and an invitation to whimsy. Tiny Doors ATL is dedicated to free and accessible art. The doors are always free to visit and accessible to people of all ages.

Karen Anderson's life-long love of both miniatures and street art culminated in her dream job as the artist behind Tiny Doors ATL. Before graduating with a degree in Visual Art from Rutgers University, she took years off to play bass in a touring jazz/punk band, gaining a deep appreciation for community created through art. Her work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, NPR, the Travel Channel,, Buzzfeed, and more. On any given day, Karen can be found on street-level around Atlanta, maintaining her miniature installations and chatting with passers-by.


Gina Kerlew

Paint Love artist Gina Kerlew

Gina Kirlew is an Atlanta-based cartoonist who enjoys making people smile with her paintings of cute food, silly comic stories and fun accessories that are full of personality. She has a Bachelor's in Traditional Animation from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Master's in Graphic Design from Nottingham Trent University in England. Her days are often filled with awesome people, inspirational conversations and looking for more ways in which she can spread joy and happiness into the world with her art. She loves talking, collecting fake food, dancing to 80s music, speaking German and traveling. She is a native New Yorker of Jamaican decent.


Jonny Warren (AKA The Double Wolf)

 Jonny Warren (AKA The Double Wolf) was an artist at the 2018 Paint Love Artist Challenge live painting fundraising event in Atlanta that raised money to bring art to kids facing poverty or trauma.

Jonny is a transplant from Florida who made Atlanta his home in 2010 after graduating from Florida State University with a BFA in Studio Art.  He specializes in detailed pen and ink drawings inspired by the styles of old engravings and illustrations.  In his work, he takes fauna and flora imbued with historical and traditional symbolism and offers alternative representations based on his personal experiences and observations of the world around him.

Jonny participated in the 2018 Artist Challenge! See more about the event here

Hannah + the Cosmos


Hannah is a New Zealand-born multidisciplinary artist and wannabe astronomer. Atlanta-based for the past 10 years, Hannah uses art as the phrasebook for translating questions of cultural identity and belonging, and as a toolbox for rebuilding a ‘home’ in place of the one she misses.

Her affection for space began early in life, inspired by hours of stargazing with her father, and what began as wide-eyed wonder has transformed into a deep respect for the conversation between control and chaos. 

Her work is one part longing for the glow-in-the-dark star-covered bedroom ceiling of her childhood, and three parts surrender to the miraculous confluence of choice and chance that makes the human experience so beautiful.

Hannah has her BA in visual communication from the Institute of Technology in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Hannah participated in the 2018 Artist Challenge! See more about the event here

Kristan Woolford

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Kristan Woolford, Digital Media Artist


Video, Film, Photo, Projection


The one undeniable truth that I base my work in is that we all have souls, and we are all connected on a spiritual level. I strive to interrogate, explore, and encourage sense making about the process of creating more equitable circumstances for all. What I ultimately aim to create are the conversations surrounding social justice and Black experiences in America that begin to percolate among individuals after they have experienced my work. I am inspired by the fact that the tools of production are lower than ever in this digital age, and with determination and an awareness that almost anything can be repurposed and used for creative expression, I hope everyone can dare to see that there is an artist that resides within us all.


I believe the arts speak a universal language which has the ability to transcend barriers like class, culture, age, etc. Paint Love is a wonderful vehicle for social bonding through a shared love of artistry and creativity.

*Kristan comes to Love Paint through his residency with The Creative Project.

María Korol

 Paint Love artist and The Creatives Project resident artist Maria Korol

María Korol, Painter


I make large drawings using mixed media like gouache, ink, acrylic, soft and oil pastel, and oil paint.


María Korol was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1980 and moved to the United States in 2004. Her former education in classic and modern dance shifted to an interest in the visual arts while studying at the University of California, Irvine. She holds a Master in Fine Arts degree in painting from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has shown her paintings and drawings nationally and internationally in places as far afield as Bogotá, New York, Berlin, and Atlanta and has been the recipient of scholarships to the Women's Art Institute in 2015, and the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 2016. She is one of the selected artists for The Creatives Project (2018 to 2020) with studio residency at The Goat Farm. She is based in Atlanta, Georgia.


Maria comes to Love Paint through her residency with The Creative Project. 

Aaron Davis

 Casey O'Connell is a San Francisco and Los Angeles California based artist who will be working on a mural with Paint Love the summer of 2018

Aaron Davis, Illustrator and Artist




Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in South Florida, I developed my illustrative eye while double majoring at Florida State University (B.A. Studio Art and Advertising). Upon graduating in 2015, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia for the thriving art scene. 

I’m an illustrator, poet, graphic designer, and children's book writer. My art centers blackness and the acceptance of all the forms it takes in life. I tell stories through my art to inspire those around me to action, whether it is speaking out against injustice, going out and marching or just allowing oneself to be free from societal expectations. Awareness is key when looking at the world around you and the universe within yourself. The goal of my art is to increase that awareness. My blending of poetry and visual art are vehicles for that make that message easier to digest."



Casey O'Connell

 Casey O'Connell is a San Francisco and Los Angeles California based artist who will be working on a mural with Paint Love the summer of 2018

Casey O'Connell, Muralist and Artist




Casey O’Connell’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New American Paintings and Juxtapoz Magazine. She has exhibited her work in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Las Vegas, Austin, New Orleans, Savannah, Raleigh, and Miami. Casey studied at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL before heading west. Currently, Casey lives in Leucadia, Ca with her cat, Bill Murray.





Joseph Dreher, Social Artist




I consider myself a social artist. My work is mainly described as installation art. I use a number of tools and mediums to create my work including photography, murals, street art, wheat paste, painting, sculpture, architecture, poetry to name a few. People are my primary interest and it is my appreciation for people that informs so much of my creative work. My work is always multi-dimensional because I see a world where people are not flat. They are not obstacles, or heroes, or rogues, or saints. They are people – dimensional and deep. There are no strangers in your world when you meet people fully prepared to accept who they are. My work does not seek to capture or take from them but to give and to elevate them.

I pride myself on making art that is low in cost but high in concept, fast in execution but lasting in relevance, inclusive and many times interactive. I welcome and enjoy collaboration and I have a way turning personal projects inside out, finding a way to make the work be less about the author and more integral to a community. I have collaborated with artists of all types including dancers both as a performer and exhibitor. I am inspired by others artists and people in my community and I believe in giving back for the opportunities i have been given. I do so by creating new opportunities not just for myself but to give others a chance to create. No matter how my work may evolve, or into what media I may explore, you will always find that I center myself through my great affection for people.


Joe's Projects

Brent Coleman


Brent Coleman, Painter 


Acrylic, oil, mixed media


Within my work, I deconstruct American culture via acrylic and oil painting, and mixed media pieces. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, hip hop music and modern literature, my work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces. I was a business major at Morehouse College, with a minor in Art and studied with Arturo Lindsey, Toby Martin and Charnelle Holloway at Spelman College.


I am a mixed media artist, and have always had an affinity for music and literature, and my works are representative of merging that reality. I think of myself as more of an archivist. Hip hop as always been viewed by those outside its realm as something disposable, and my work seeks to shatter that myth. People who have a deep appreciation for working man music and its practitioners should find the work intriguing. Like many others who grew up in the 70s and 80s, I was a hip hop fan from inception. From albums and 8 tracks to 90 minute cassettes and cds, i was a fan. Spent many a night with my head next to my dad's stereo with the maxell on play, pause and record, listening to Red Alert and Marley Marl cooking lovely mixes on the radio. This is about architect music and its documentation-we know the matrix is just a better built cell block, a long way from the shelltops and the bells that L rocked.

This is for the culture.

Nikita Raper


Nikita Raper, Ceramics and Mixed Media Artist


Ceramics, Textiles, Charcoal, and Multimedia


Nikita Raper is an Atlanta-based artist who uses sgraffito and carving techniques to draw in clay, playing with texture and contrast to bring an image to life in the round. With subject matter that covers the charmingly creepy to the boldly political, she uses natural imagery and the figure to convey experiences that are relatable and hopefully universal. 


She attended UGA to achieve a bachelor's in both Psychology and Fine Arts. She's taught at several recreation centers in Cobb County from 2015 to present, and currently teaches ceramics at Colorwheel Studio in Decatur. 

Check out Nikita's Paint Love projects! 

Pen Sherwood

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Pen Sherwood, Mixed Media Artist


Watercolor, Acrylic, Oil, Ceramic, Fabric, Mixed media, Collage


I am very much a self-taught artist. I studied from art books, magazines, on-line videos, etc. I also learn from seeing and doing. I loved to draw and paint since childhood and didn't even know you have to go to school to study art! Painting was for me the happiest of times. I like to approach my blank canvas with an empty mind and let the paint and the brush dance freely. I have no restrictions, no goals, no objects in mind, I just paint because it is like breathing to me. I also paint as a form of meditation. My mind is free, clear and empty, my heart filled with joy and bliss. I want others to feel this happiness when they paint or when they view my works. I have no wish for my art to take me to any place because the creation itself is my happy moment. It is the reward I never expected in the first place. I do hope that my works will somehow evoke thoughts in the viewers' minds and that they will receive the positive messages I tried to include.

Tim Merritt


Tim Merritt, Photographer 


My wife Ellen Gadberry is a Paint Love artist and introduced me to Paint Love's vision and amazing work. I'd like to help people better understand the terrific cameras they carry every day in their smartphones. Unprecedented numbers of people carry these great cameras with them all the time! I want to help them express their vision with great photographs.




I've always been fascinated with photography, especially candids, street photography, light and texture. Influences include my grandmother, an amazing amateur who did it for pure love of it, and the intimate examinations of shape, light, and texture of Cartier-Bresson, Eisenstadt, Adams, Vivian Maier, Abelardo Morell. A good photograph makes the familiar unfamiliar, prompting a renewed vision in the viewer.Art and its creation needs to be shared; we all have a need to reflect and express what we experience in some way, and to engage with those kinds of expressions from others: words, music, movement, drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, all the arts. My art, the creation of it, takes me into the world with my eyes open. I welcome company on that journey.

Dani Frank

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Dani Frank, Mixed Media Artist 


Growing up, Dani has always had a passion for service and helping others.  In high school she traveled as far as Peru and Nicaragua to help those in need.  She spent many months tutoring English to adults trying to get their GED’s, and even joined the National Service Sorority, Omega Phi Alpha, when she started college.  Since becoming a member of Omega Phi Alpha, she has done a variety of service work in her free time.  Some of her favorite projects that she has participated in includes Rise Against Hunger, Books for Africa, Night to Shine, and Out of Darkness. 

Dani first heard about Paint Love when completing service hours for class requirements during her freshman year of college.  She spent a few weeks completing her hours and was instantly hooked! She volunteered mostly at Camp Peace and Kate’s Club, and she loved the way art brought such a huge smile to children’s faces.  After completing her required service hours for her class she continued volunteering and hasn’t stopped since!

At first, Dani only wanted to volunteer and assist projects because she didn’t believe she was a good enough artist to lead projects.  She was hesitant to become a lead artist at first because of her lack of artistic knowledge, but when she was asked to lead, she knew she could not turn down the life changing offer.  Since taking on the role of a lead artist, Dani has flourished in every project she has led.   She spends hours researching projects that will fit the needs of the students she teaches, and she makes sure that there is always a meaning behind every project whether it be educational or emotional. 

One of the biggest reasons Dani loves Paint Love is because of how happy it makes her.  Seeing children smiling from ear to ear as they create beautiful works of art is priceless, and she takes in every minute of it when she is leading.  She has found that many of the students that Paint Love impacts, look forward to the days that Paint Love comes and that they are always so excited and appreciative of the projects they have the opportunity to take part in.

Dani is a student at Kennesaw State University studying Early Childhood Education and she hopes to one day get her Master’s Degree in Counseling.  When she is not leading Paint Love projects she is either studying, nannying, teaching indoor cycling, or substitute teaching.  She looks forward to all the future projects Paint Love has in store for her.

Lauren Phillips

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Lauren Phillips, Mixed Media, Photography


As an art teacher in a title one school, I have seen how powerful the arts are in my students' lives. I want to help empower children all over Atlanta.


Mixed media, photography & painting


I pretty much teach everything. Paint, clay, printmaking, sculpture...Art teacher. I work mostly in 2-d mixed media in my personal work. I have three art ed degrees. My concentration in undergrad was painting and photography. My work is inspired by natural forms and is mostly non-representational.

Lucha Rodriguez

Lucha Rodriguez, Mixed Media Artist


Copper, textiles, paint, plexiglass, sound


Lucha Rodriguez was born in Caracas, Venezuela.
Her artwork mimics intricate patterns found in the inner workings of the human body while exploring ideas of abstraction, replication and separation. Although Rodriguez is most recognized for her site-specific paper installations, she has explored a variety of media including copper, textiles, paint, plexiglass and sound.

Rodriguez has exhibited globally with solo and group shows in India, Mexico, China and France. Her work is included in The High Museum of Art, Modern and Contemporary Art Collection in addition to various private institutional and individual collections.

Rodriguez lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mike Lowery


Mike Lowery, Author + Artist 


Mike worked with Paint Love's not-so-typical annual art auction- Paint Love Live! 

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Mike Lowery is an author and artist living in Atlanta, Georgia with a beautiful German lady named Katrin and his incredibly genius daughter, Allister. Mike’s work has been seen on everything from greetings cards to dozens of children’s books to gallery walls all over the world. 

Mike has had the enormous pleasure to work on a TON of books.  You can check out most of them here:  MIKE LOWERY’S BOOKS

His illustration clients include: workman publishing, digitas, hallmark, simon and schuster, random house, walker books for young readers, Nick Jr magazine, gallison/mudpuppy, GP Putnam and Sons book for young readers, Viking, macmillan, georgia pacific, American Greetings, Disney, Kids Can Press, as well as many Graphic Design and Advertising Agencies.  He now travels nationally giving talks about art and books to schools, universities and bookstores.

He has been featured/interviewed in the Washington Post, Creative Loafing, the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, the Washington City Paper and many others and a few years back he showed 16 of his tiny drawings in a show in Beijing.

Mike is also the co-founder of Paper Ghost a gallery and studio space in Atlanta’s Candler Park.

Sanithna Phansavanh


Sanithna Phansavanh


Sanithna was a part of Paint Love's no-so typical art auction- Paint Love Live! 

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I am an artist working and living in Atlanta, Georgia, with a focus on examining the human condition, particularly the dynamic between creation, existence, and permanence. My work, ranging from small, intimate drawings to large-scale, public murals, has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with notable showings at the High Museum of Art, on the Atlanta Beltline, and through the City of Atlanta’s Public Art programs.