Julie Ann McKevitt 

Founder + Board chair

Julie Ann McKevitt, Founder and founding executive director of Paint Love

Julie has worked with groups of all ages and needs.  She loves bringing fun projects and new painting techniques to students, allowing them self-expression in the creative process.

Adopting a love of acrylic painting from her grandmother, Julie Ann began painting at a young age. While studying business and dance at the University of Miami, she began painting commissions for friends and family during her free time. 

In 2012, she decided to pursue art full time. Since then, Julie had the honor of painting a large-scale mural for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine as well as designing one of the City of Decatur’s official postcards.  She has been commissioned to paint for clients throughout the country.

After witnessing a strong need for artistic outlets for youth, Julie and her husband, Aaron, began Paint Love in 2014. Julie served as the Executive Director until 2019 and grew the organization into one of the most sought-after art programs for youth in Atlanta.  She believes in the therapeutic power art can have and strives to give young people the ability to grow through art. Julie and Aaron and their two daughters reside in Duluth, GA.


Laura Shaw

Executive Director

Laura Shaw Paint Love Executive Director

Laura is most passionate about empowering youth through creativity. Growing up as a ballet dancer, and later teaching dance in inner-city schools, she fell in love with the transformative power of art and sought to find innovate ways to incorporate creative outlets and opportunities into the lives of under-served young people.

Laura earned her master's degree at Boston University, and with a background in arts + community engagement and non-profit program management, Laura found the perfect mix of her experience and enthusiasm when she joined the Paint Love team in 2016.  She also loves yoga and traveling, and teaches yoga in schools and is always planning her next trip with her husband and their puppy, Fitz.


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