Paint Love Artists

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. 

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.

Rory Hawkins


Rory Hawkins, Mixed Media Artist, Painter


Street Art/painting/woodcut/ Acrylic and aerosol primarily


I've been surrounded by art my entire life. My father was an arts educator who shared his love of the arts with me throughout my childhood. That encouragement led me to study visual arts at Georgia State University from 2006-2010. I graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art, and continued to stay active in the arts, interning at MINT Gallery for several years and working a brief period at Wentworth Gallery. I began painting and posting cats around the streets of Atlanta around 2010 and haven't stopped since. Through my paintings of cats and the way that I share them with the residents of Atlanta, I hope to encourage exploration and adoration of the amazing city we all call home. I like painting fun and happy images that are accessible to everyone as well as visually appealing. I hope to continue to live and work and build as an artist in this city for many years to come.


Lisa Stauffer

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Lisa Stauffer, Author


Although from childhood she secretly longed to write fiction, Lisa Lowe Stauffer has written her way through journalism, marketing, consulting, travel writing and poetry. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Miami Herald, Literary Mama, Stories for Children, and numerous business websites, brochures, newsletters, press releases and magazine articles.
Today, Lisa writes picture books and novels from Roswell, Georgia, and is an active volunteer with the Southern Breeze region of SCBWI. Her first book, TWO BY ZOO is scheduled for publication in 2017.

Kyle Brooks (Black Cat Tips)


Kyle Brooks (AKA Black Cat Tips), Mixed Media Artist


What is a BlackCatTips? A BlackCatTips is a painter and muralist. A BlackCatTips is a poet and
a thinker— a teller of tales. A BlackCatTips is Kyle Brooks, a streetfolk artist from way
down in the American South.

In addition to his studio and mural work, Brooks creates street poems and whimsical roadside art installations. With his brush, bright colors and a few found materials, he paints the world happy.

Brooks lives in Arabia Mountain USA, Georgia with his wife and old dog. He also likes hot drinks, biscuit houses and growing orchids.

Laura Asherman


Laura Asherman, Sculptor, Filmmaker


As a lifelong creator, I use film as a mechanism for exploring the world around me, and ceramics to look within. Since childhood, I’ve been making films—first on my parents video camera, then at the local public access TV station in my hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and now as a documentary filmmaker and owner of Forage Films.

Creating allows me to slow down and focus with a clear head, foregoing any sense of time. I live for the challenge of documentary storytelling, and often find that sculpting is the best way for me get past the roadblocks of an edit. I love the familiar feeling of a fired piece in my hands; how I can hold it and remember where my fingers fit to make each indentation, protrusion, and fold. The process of turning a lifeless lump of clay into an emotive, one-of-a-kind being is magical and never ceases to intrigue and center me.

My inspiration for sculptures stems from my curiosity about humanity, love for creepy things, and gory sense of humor. As a lifelong animal enthusiast, cartoony creatures always seem to find their way into my ceramic creations. As someone constantly developing and redefining my relationship with the world around me, I’m inspired to create my own features the way I see them—often silly, strong, and hilariously grotesque.

As a documentary filmmaker I am inspired by ordinary qualities in extraordinary people and extraordinary qualities in ordinary people and lean toward a character-driven approach to filmmaking. As a feminist and social justice advocate I have found that film is my mechanism of choice for creating awareness and impacting positive social change.

Fabian Williams


Fabian Williams, AKA Occasional Superstar


Fabian Williams (b. 1975) is a visual and performance artist best known for his work depicting the seemingly state sanctioned violence perpetrated against black men. Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Williams studied fine art at East Carolina University. After working for 13 years in the advertising industry with a long list of clients from Nike, Warner Bros to HBO, he decided to move to a purely expressive practice, outside of the commercial space, where he had the freedom to express more political and socially relevant contemporary themes.

Accessing and updating the Black Arts Movement’s centering of a racialized aesthetic, Williams' vibrant and sometimes neony illuminated art interrogates both the liberatory and oppressive forces at play in black American life. In his entire body of work, Williams employs a broad scope of source material from commercial illustration, classic portraiture, and hip-hop iconography, to confront issues of race and the larger public’s oft uninterrogated consumption of black cultural icons and products. Williams’ early realist paintings were of the men who he played pick-up ball with on Venice Beach, California during his stint in marketing and design. Through his formal education, Williams cultivated an interest in realism, particularly the work of Italian painter, Carvaggio. He also is stylistically inspired by the naturalistic works of Norman Rockwell. His series Rockingwell, an homage to Rockwell, reimagines Rockwell's depictions of America through a racial and pop-cultural informed lens. In much of his work, Williams often idealizes the seemingly ordinariness of black life and situates hip hop icons and everyday citizens alike in sometimes idyllic and sometimes imperfect postures.

In 2008, Williams began his ongoing art battles through the World Wide Art Federation (WWAF) in Atlanta, Georgia. These bravado filled exhibitions, in which artists paint against each other in timed bouts, distinguish themselves from others of their ilk as they are deemed by the artist an extension of public art, hip-hop and 80’s wrestling.

Shannon Goines



Travel inspires me, music moves me and color makes me happy.


India ink, pastels, acrylics, charcoal and pen


I grew up in Atlanta with an artistic mother, who was also encouraged by an artistic mother. Oil paints, turpentine, paint brushes, sketch books and art shows have been a part of my life since my childhood.

For over 20 years I have focused on painting in different media and trying new styles. While in school I developed strong interests in the connections between painting and photography, as well as both architectural and interior design. During a summer semester I studied art history and photography in Cortona, Italy; an experience I’ll never forget and still carry with me every day.

 Living in Lake Claire among so many talented people has been very inspiring and I hope to continue to be involved in the arts of Atlanta.

For many years I have spent a great deal of time painting animals of all shapes and sizes, and I’m ready to try something different…so stay tuned. 

My work can be found in many homes and galleries around Atlanta and the South.

Elise Aronson



Encaustic and Assemblage 


I have a bachelor's degree in art education from Georgia State Univ. My art is inspired by my spiritual practice and my love of collecting natural objects, vintage items, and ephemera. I believe that art is an innermost expression of our true selves. As my art practice evolves, I remain committed to the power of the underlying spiritual expression. My hope is my art will inspire others and serve as a catalyst for personal transformation. Currently, I incorporate encaustic painting techniques and assemblage. My hope is that I can use my talents as an art teacher to help people express themselves creatively and thereby act as a form of healing.

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