Who we are and what we do
My name is Jill Canfield, and I, along with my husband Russ, opened Arts and Drafts in January 2015. I have always enjoyed painting, drawing, and crafting with various mediums. I had never really thought I could do what I loved as a business, until I went to a place to "paint and sip" in another city. It put a spark in me and I started working toward making it into a business, which is how Arts and Drafts came to be!
I have enlisted some very talented people in my family to also create some of the paintings we offer in our classes. Thank you to my cousins, Brynda Houser and Bethany Harnisch who each came up with several paintings that offer a more abstract feel and something different, which I love! My kids have also contributed their talents and painted several paintings that appeal to a wide audience, so thank you to Lucas, Madison, Spencer and Ryley. My husband is a good sport and will assist in bartending and paint along with me for our Date Nights. Russ' help is always greatly appreciated.
We lead the group step by step through the featured project. It is a fun, relaxing and non-threatening creative environment. It can be intimidating to try something like this if you feel you have no artistic talent or ability. The projects are taught in a way that everyone can be successful. Those who would rather, are encouraged to create their own artwork, as this is not a structured class. We love to see what everyone comes up with!
The great thing about art is there are no wrong answers. I have found my favorite thing about doing this is seeing how each painting turns out. I love how some will follow each step and others will change things up, and regardless no two will look the same!
I hope to provide painting ideas that are fun and simple, yet something you would be proud to hang in your home. I look forward to expanding the projects to other things besides painting, so be looking for updates!