Jennifer Young studied illustration at the University of Connecticut. In May 2013, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art. During her studies at the University of Connecticut, she was the recipient of multiple academic awards in the arts, including a Faculty Recognition Award in the spring of 2013 and University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts Talent Scholarships.
She works in a variety of media, including digital painting in Adobe Photoshop, acrylic, oil, and watercolor paints, pastels, and collage. She also has an interest in fashion design as well as and character development and design.
Amy Hadden graduated from Keene State College with a BA in Journalism and currently works in New Haven recruiting and training college students to implement a literacy program in pre-school classes. Amy has been involved in the arts from elementary through high school and some college, and currently uses painting as a therapeutic outlet. Her passion and creativity enables Amy to create works of art that are enjoyable and fun for children and adults of all ages to partake in BrushStroke’s unique painting experience. Amy is currently seeking more formal art instructions to grow her own talent and perspective.
Alisa DellaBianca is a graduate from Central Connecticut State University with a BSED in Art Education. She’s currently inspiring creativity in children every day at the middle school level in Regional School District 16 where she teaches art. Her inspiration comes from nature and she is in love with painting! Some other things that interest her is making “upcycled” art which reuses old materials and turns them into something extraordinary like plastic bottle chandeliers and soda cap jewelry.
Rachel is a full time undergrad Liberal Arts major at Southern Connecticut State University. She has had a passion for the arts ever since she was little and spends most of her free time drawing and painting. Her forte in the arts is pencil and charcoal but she finds painting just as fun and relaxing.
Kaitlyn is currently a full time Biology major at the University of Connecticut. Although not pursuing it as a career, she has had a strong passion in a variety of art forms since her childhood. Kaitlyn attended Bob Boroski School of Art from ages 10-12, and has since continued to expand her knowledge and techniques on her own. She works with a large variety of media; but prefers acrylics, watercolors, and graphite.
Rose-Ann is a retired art teacher in the Naugatuck school system. She taught art to students of all levels: kindergarten through high school and, today, graduate students at Quinnipiac University’s Graduate School of Education. She is a Reiki master, an ordained minister and justice of the peace. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Rose-Ann attended Brooklyn College, Fordham University, and Southern Connecticut State University. She is author of Irises and Butterflies, Reflections of Grief, and the widow of the late Raymond Chrzanowski. She is a mandala artist, as well as a painter. Mandalas are an ancient art form. They are circular designs, and are spiritual in nature, the circle being the symbol of eternity; no beginning and no end.Her philosophy is that there is an artist in each of us and invites everyone to come to Brush Stroke and connect with his or her inner artist!
Samantha earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Hartford, where she majored in painting. Samantha earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. She is currently a fourth grade teacher in the Bridgeport Public Schools.
Samantha has had a passion for art and art history from a young age. She is particularly inspired by the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance and travels to Italy frequently to observe these masterpieces firsthand. Samantha works in a variety of media including oil paint, watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, charcoal, and collage.
Natalia Crespo is a self taught artist who loves to work with anything she can get her hands on, especially acrylic paint. She is a graduate from NVCC in general studies. If she isn't painting shes probably outdoors getting inspiration for something fun to bring into the studio. She loves to help others create art and her goal is to make them proud of what they made!
Retired certified art teacher from the city of Waterbury
Exhibits:Norfolk Artisan Guild, Tribury Arts Show, Mystic Art Association, Middlebury Library, Watertown Arts League, Silas Bronson Library, Prospect Library
Although the majority of my work is in acrylics, I am currently working on a series of paintings with collaged paper mache masks.
I also specialize in pastel pet portraits, mixed media and work part time as a paint studio artist and volunteer as a docent for the Mattatuck museum in Waterbury. Hobbies are reading, walking, golf,and gardening.