Andy Braitman - Master Painter, Creator of Braitman Studio
Andy Braitman is an artist of national stature. His work has been featured in galleries and in one-man and group shows in Santa Fe, Chicago, Atlanta, Millburn, N.J., Washington, D.C., Noorbeek, Holland, and Rio de Janiero and Curitba, Brazil. He has exhibited at Jerald Melberg, Hodges Taylor, Shain Fine Art and now the Redsky Gallery in Charlotte, and in many other galleries throughout North Carolina. He was chosen by Nancy Reagan as one of America's Leading Artists, along with other notable artists such as Frank Stella and Andrew Wyeth, and asked to contribute a decorated Easter egg to the White House. The egg is now on display in the Smithsonian Institute. He was selected to participate in the prestigious Maryland Biennial Juried Exhibition at the Charles Museum of Art in Baltimore.
Nicholas was born and raised in mountains of Southwest Virginia. It was here that Nicholas developed a love for the creative process and eventually taught several art classes and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting from Radford University. This influence of living in the mountains surrounded by nature is apparent in his abstract oil paintings, which are developed by structured impasto brush marks, emulsion pouring and glazes, and are inspired by contour, texture, and naturally reoccurring shapes found in nature. He joined the Braitman Studio family as an instructor in 2011. Nicholas strives to pass to his students and colleagues the information he has learned throughout his experiences as well as newly gained knowledge as he continues to expand his own horizons in the boundless understanding of painting.
Allison was born in Wilmington, N.C. After graduation from college, she moved to to Charlotte, NC. She then began working as a designer and had a successful decorative painting business for 20 years. In 2008, she began studying under Andy Braitman and Susan Matthews. Allison resides in Charlotte with her husband and 6 children.
Starting with teaching art classes at Mountain Pathways Montessori School in Boone, NC directly after graduating from Appalachian State University, Ian has continued to work as an artist and teacher for almost 10 years now. Over these years, he has brought his creative energy manifesting in many different mediums with ideas stemming from his own unique work as an artist. Through a variety of mediums, Ian is harnessing a visual language that speaks a sustainable language.
Though she took only one studio art course at UNC, the vibrancy, sensuality and tactile feel of oil paint left a deep impression. During a long business career in broadcasting, she sporadically studied watercolor. When she retired in 2008, Mary delved seriously into oil painting with Andy Braitman.
Her early paintings focused on atmospheric impressionism to provide a sense of peace and calm. While she still loves creating chromatic neutrals, she is currently working on pushing value, color and the excitement of mark-making through varied applications, additions and subtractions of paint, and pure color notes.
In addition to ongoing work with Andy Braitman, Mary has studied with Curt Butler, Susan Matthews, Roger Dale Brown, Miriam Durkin, Don Andrews and the late Shelly Bechtel Shepherd.
She is currently a working artist and oil painting instructor at Braitman Studio in Charlotte and Butler Studio in Gastonia. She loves helping students discover the possibilities in who they are and what they can contribute through the creative self-expression and joy of oil painting.
Michele Hoffman - Teen Instructor
Michele Hoffman is an artist, live figure model, and art teacher whose current work includes figure drawing, paintings, clay, sculpture, stained glass, mixed media, collage, and (most recently) she has started focusing on recycled materials and assemblage.
She has shown at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation, Lark and Key, Red Sky, gallery 22, and select silent auctions in the Charlotte and Greater Charlotte area. She is a leader in the life-drawing community and facilitates figure-drawing classes at the Charlotte Art League as well as various events such as Figured Out Life Drawing, the Charlotte Portrait Society, and the Exquisite Corpse Drawing Experience.
Her newest body of work allowed her to connect with the local community by creating not only interest in aesthetics, but also in the environmental aspects of art by re-purposing materials and approaching the creative from an eco-conscious mindset. She is ever-moving and ever-changing and we are lucky to have Michele's cutting edge vision of the arts here at Braitman Studio.
Rachel Levi - Front Desk
Rachel has been working at Braitman Studio for two years. She started out as a student in the Thursday night Teen Class, interned for about 6 months, and was then hired as a staff member. Throughout the week, you may see Rachel taking payments at the front desk, answering the phone cleaning up around the studio, or she could be behind the scenes answering your emails. As the youngest worker in the studio, she puts up with everyone's comments about her frequent changes in hair color with unrelenting enthusiasm and cheer!