Kari dreamed about being as curious and as ‘in the moment’ as a five year old and she has manifested just that by playing with paint on furniture.
Kari brings a 17 year background in teaching adults in college and community settings in a wide variety of subject areas including marketing, fundraising, social media and fitness. She has a Masters in Leadership and Training, a Degree in Recreation, a Diploma in Leisure Services, a Level Two Coaching Certification and a Certificate in Internet Marketing.
In addition to a theoretical and academic background in teaching and facilitating, Kari has been a coach and consultant with her own company, Charity Channels, guiding the success of over 30 non profit organizations.
Kari grew up staining and painting alongside her dad. She has also enjoyed painting on canvas and taking courses such as ‘process painting’. Most recently, her creative outlet and self-expression transferred to furniture, kayak paddles and anything else made of wood.
She looks forward to facilitating each individual’s journey toward their own self-expression, whether that is picking up the paint brush for the first time or starting to sell their creations. Over 600 workshop participants have benefited from her instruction in furniture painting.
View a video about ReLoving and Kari as interviewed by Rosanne at Country Chic Paint.
Gisele is our resident artist, you’ll see her amazing paintings hanging around the store, in addition to the beautiful work she does on furniture. She loves earth tones, but refuses to commit to any one colour being her favourite, because as she says “Artists love all colours!”.
She used to be a fashion designer for dresses, and even owned her own boutique. She also worked as a buyer for stores and ran her own art gallery.
This multi-talented lady tells me that her favourite technique to use on furniture is faux distressing, or to paint artwork onto furniture, so if you ever see in the store some masterpieces on a table or dresser, you’re probably looking at her handiwork! She is also the go-to person for any custom colour mixing.
Gisele teaches some introductory classes and works with Kari on coaching new painters.
Click here to go to Megan’s blog and read about staff members who also paint the furniture and custom work at ReLoving.