Meet the Team!

Kate Cook, Owner/Artist Instructor
I've been drawing and painting since I could hold a pencil or brush, and my first legible image (which my parents still have) was of a woman. I took private instruction for pastel from the age of 8 to 12 and continued to take art lessons in grade school.  I went on to major in drawing and painting in college, during which I studied abroad in Tuscany, ultimately obtaining my BFA from Middle Tennessee State University in 1998. My work has been featured throughout metro Atlanta with many pieces in private collections - primarily commissions for "body portraiture."
 
For my own art, I love painting the human form - and if you know me and my affinity for the color black, you'll be shocked to learn I love to use lots and LOTS of color in my artwork. As for ARTini's art, I have definitely learned to "let it go" and not worry about perfection. I've learned how to teach others to create, and in a way that is fun & memorable. And, in that people who come to our classes regularly do learn some technique and skills that stick with them. I love what I do and I hope it shows! Thank you for the continued support from our clients & community!
 
Ali Phillips, Artist Instructor
Born and raised in Watkinsville, Ga, I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by all types of artists. My family, friends, and neighbors have helped me develop skills from ceramics to photography through the past 28 years, but there’s something about painting that’s just down right messy fun! With a degree in art education from NGCSU, I hope to help navigate my students through the painting process/techniques with fun and entertainment. It makes my day when a student unlocks a new artistic ability and proudly posts their masterpiece. If you can dip a brush into paint, you can be an artist. Come paint with me and discover your creative side today! 

Thea Grindeland, Artist Instructor
I was born and raised in North Dakota & completed my art degree at North Dakota State University.  I moved to Athens in 2005 when my husband James came to graduate school. After graduating we were lucky enough to be able to stay - We LOVE Athens!  We have one daughter Estelle and we also have a huge fur family consisting of 2 dogs and 8 cats! I love teaching at ARTini's, hanging out, and getting to know people. I especially love seeing people excited when their paintings start coming to life! Literally ALL of my time is spent with my family, animals, and art - and I absolutely love it! 

Elizabeth "Liz" Boudreau, Artist Instructor
I was born in the Pacific Northwest, growing up in a small town called Olalla, WA. I have bounced around the country, now residing in Athens, GA. I am an avid wildlife illustrator and enthusiast. After receiving my BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia, my path continued in freelance illustration and paint instruction. It's one of the greatest joys to stand in front of a group of enthusiastic students for a couple hours and see the fun and beauty that comes from our time together! I would love to paint with you in our studio soon! 
Visit Liz's Etsy Store! WhimsicalWeasels.etsy.com 

Kara Haywood, Artist Instructor
Growing up in Savannah, Georgia allowed me to be submersed in creative juices starting at a very young age. From SCAD to the Telfair Museums, Savannah Art Walk to the first Saturday on the River-- Savannah has always been a hub for creative expression. I attended high school at Savannah Arts Academy, then when college rolled around I moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design in the middle of Manhattan. I received my BFA in Fine Arts, then moved back to Georgia where my heart has always belonged. Now I live in Athens, painting beloved pets full-time as well as painting here at ARTini's! Come on in and let's get creative!