Meet Our 2019 Artists and Photographers
Our volunteer body paint artists and photographers create and document these incredible Survivor stories. We value their time and talent. Want to learn more about your favorites? Check out their bio's below.
Our 2019 Photographers
Monique is an Atlanta-based photographer with more than 25 years of experience. Monique specializes in portraits of children and families as well as corporate and personal head shots. She is available for hire for event photography and is also an event coordinator for Dynamic Event Stylists.
When Monique was a child, her mother brought her to Hadassah meetings where she watched the women connect. She also saw how empowered they were when they were together, and how much they were able to accomplish during these meetings. Her mom made Monique a Life Member, and since her mom’s passing from breast cancer, she wanted to give back to Hadassah. Best Strokes is a perfect fit.
Talitha grew up creating art in her mother’s studio. She pursued her love of photography and sculpture in high school and college. Today she shares a studio with her mother, artist Robyn Michalow, where they collaborate on pieces in using a variety of media. Talitha Kauffman Photography focuses on newborn, child, and family portraits.
Website: talithakauffmanphotography. com
Dedicated to providing her clients with beautiful images, Courtney Goldman brings her professional and personal touch to Atlanta wedding photography for engagements, boudoir, and any type of ceremony, including gay and same sex weddings. In Courtney’s Atlanta family photography sessions, the joy and love of newborns, children, families, and individual portraits
are beautifully captured for years to come.
Our 2019 Artists
Models 9 & 15
Brandi was born in the cultural blender that is New Orleans. From the edge of Canal Street, the grit of the French Quarter, the pomp of Saint Charles Avenue, and to the rage of the Mississippi, she was exposed to every walk of life. Like New Orleans, she wants you to feel her art in your soul. It’s all created with a pinch of drama, a dash of trouble, a hint of tears, and a whole lot of love. Brandi graduated with a BA in Art History from Tulane.
Facebook: AdjmiStyle and Brandi Adjmi
Models 4 & 11
Betina is an award-winning artist with more than 15 years of face-painting experience. She won first place in the Atlanta PMAC (Professional Makeup Artists Conference) competition in 2014 and 2016 and first place in a 2016 body-painting competition at Atlanta’s Tongue & Groove nightclub. She also won first place in Living Art America Black Light Competition 2015, part of the LIVING ART AMERICA competition for artists from all around the world. She has worked on set as a body painter for the 2015 movie “Vacation” and for AMC’s TV show “Halt and Catch Fire”. Bailey was also part of an award-winning body-art team working in Key West’s Fantasy Fest 2016 and worked in 2016 for the Jeep Summer Promotion of the new Renegade truck.
Models 5 & 14 & 25
Models 28 & 30
Chrissy is an Atlanta-based fine artist and designer who works in a variety of mediums including oil, graphite, mixed-media sculpture and digital art. The themes in her work tend to focus on emotions and extreme personification of mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. She gains most of her inspiration during workouts, when the body takes over and the mind clears, as well as a very large and varied music playlist.
Design portfolio: cfcmdesign.com
Fine art portfolio: ceefceem.com
Models 8 & 16
Dianne DaLee - Models 8, 16
Dianne has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia and a Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University. Dianne owns DaLee & Company, Inc., an Atlanta-based creative firm founded in June, 1992. She has over 28 years’ experience in the field of graphic design. DaLee & Company provides creative services, including graphic design, website design & maintenance, advertising, marketing & strategy for both print and the web. Dianne is the founder and president of Atlanta Boxer Rescue. She also serves as director of fundraising and marketing and organizes Boxerstock, ABR’s annual music festival fundraiser. Dianne is currently owned by an 8-year-old ABR rescue named Pixie and another eight-year-old ABR rescue named Kayla.
Models 7 & 13
Joyce was born in New York City. She graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA and worked as an art educator in the New York School System. After getting her MA from CUNY, she moved to Atlanta in 1994 and was an art educator in the Clayton County Atlanta Artists Center and Kudzu Zone Art Gallery. Joyce works primarily in acrylics and loves to paint landscapes, figures (portraits) and still lifes.
Beverly Ever Hegman
Models 24 & 31
Beverly holds a BA in Fine Arts from Hampton University, and in 2011, Beverly became certified in makeup artistry from The Gwynnis Mosby Makeup Academy in Atlanta, where she was also certified in bridal makeup. She is also certified in makeup assisting from the Atlanta Makeup Academy and has attended seminars led by artists from Makeup Forever as well as celebrity makeup artists A.J. Crimson, Megan Martinez and Michael DeVillis of the Powder Group.
Facebook: Beverly Ever
Email: everaftermua@ gmail.com
Models 23 & 34
Leah’s life-like and expressive portraits are what she is best known for, but her work also includes vivid award-winning landscapes and captivating still lifes. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Leah also attended the American College of the Applied Arts. She was named 2008 Southern Featured Artist by the Rome Area Council for the Arts and was honored with a solo exhibition, Life Expressions, in February 2008. “Italian Still Life with Fruit”, an oil painting of Leah’s, graced the cover of the cookbook, As Good as Gold. In 2005, Henry co-founded Atlanta Fine Arts League with 5 fellow artists as a catalyst for Art from the Heart, a nationally recognized program in which painters created portraits of Georgia’s fallen soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan and donated them to surviving family members. Leah and two founders were featured on an Emmy winning GPTV “State of the Arts” segment about Art from the Heart that aired in January 2008. The project has been honored by many businesses and organizations, including Coca Cola and The National Museum of Patriotism, as well as Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and Senator Johnny Isakson.
Models 16 & 12 & 33
Roberto is a multi-talented artist with a BFA from Georgia State University. Since 2005, he has created dynamic fine art pieces internationally with a flair for the authentic and the majestic. His film, TV, and theater career has focused on his body painting talents and his unique prop-making skills. He has worked for esteemed clients such as the Atlanta History Center, the High Museum of Art (Frieda & Diego exhibit and others), Jimador tequila and many more. Roberto migrated to America at age 12, when his mother decided to bring the family here to begin anew. After a tumultuous cultural transition, Roberto continued to cultivate his passion for the arts in high school, where he won awards and was granted a scholarship for outstanding Latino students from the General Consulate of Mexico.
Today, he is the owner of Roberto’s Artwork LLC, a company that provides fine arts entertainment to corporate events, murals and other commissioned work, and exquisite realistic body painting.
Models 3 & 8 & 27
Ivy was born in Sacramento, California. Starting from a very early age, she honed the technical skills of drawing and painting realistic art. She has dual BFA degrees in art and art history from Oglethorpe University and has been a permanent Atlanta resident since she graduated in 2015. Post-grad, Ivy is learning the art of stained glass. She enjoys using found objects, collages and mixed media – breaking bounds and learning new tricks. Ivy enjoys selling her art in outdoor festivals and creating jewelry for these events as well. Her favorite medium is a plain #2 pencil.
Models 21 & 19
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Svitlana, aka Konfeta, shared her poetic and artistic gifts with friends and fans from an early age. At the beginning of her artistic journey, she was mentored by Ukrainian artist L. Chayka, whose words of encouragement became Konfeta’s credo: “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and always stay true to your colors.” After graduating with an MBA degree from The Odessa State Economic University, Konfeta dedicated herself to a career in interior design. Her art and design work include metal forging, wood working, and canvas and adorn the walls and courtyards of shops and homes in her hometown. Konfeta came to the US in 2007, where she evolved as an artist and children’s author. Working with preschoolers since 2011 inspired her to create fun, educational stories for children, parents and teachers. In 2017 Konfeta published her first picture story book, “Tony the Pony”, which is now available on Amazon.
Models 26 & 29
Cate has been an active member of the Atlanta Arts Community since 1994. She came to Atlanta from California, where she was a teacher and a graphic designer. Cate was raised in New York and attended Syracuse University, graduating with a BFA in design and painting. Her earliest artistic influence was American Expressionism, and she has a fondness for southern folk art, which come together in her work. Her landscapes express a correlation between the principles of modern abstract painting and the intuitive invention of the outsider.
Models 2 & 17
Jessica lives in Atlanta, GA, where she experiences both conservative value structures and the risqué baiting and exploitation of women. She grew up with very strong female figures in her life that led to her interest in women and their gender roles. She works with a variety of media, where she explores sexuality and the proverbial gaze, toeing the line between guilt and pleasure. She received her BA from the University of North Georgia and her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Models 22 & 35
An intrepid adventurer with a penchant for sketching, Jess Ruiz is a girl with a taste for the fun and colorful stuff in life. She graduated from The Portfolio Center in Atlanta as a bona fide illustrator and self-proclaimed “doodle designer." She hopes to use her personal and educational experiences to create vibrant and entertaining work.
Models 1 & 10
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Rebecca has called Atlanta home since 1999. She is a fine art artist, illustrator and trompe l’oeil muralist, painting a variety of motifs, from abstract to realism, including whimsical, animal, floral and fantasy. She was formally educated in Fine Art and French at Seattle University, and she has enjoyed a variety of creative endeavors in her career, including apparel and interior design. She is currently Director at North Park Gallery in Marietta Square.
Models 20 & 32
Marsha grew up in central Florida as the daughter of an artist and pursued drawing, music, circus, aquatics, and talking to animals. She attended the University of Florida and graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta with a degree in commercial photography, concurrent to apprenticing to a costume builder while in school. She worked as a wedding, Bar Mitzvah and wrestling photographer and videographer until 1990. She continued to work in visual arts as an instructor and commercial artist. She became an Aerial Safety instructor and one of the founders of the Circus Camp programs in 1990 and is still involved with their public performances and private events as a face and body artist. In 1995 she and her partner incorporated Jest For Fun! Productions Inc. talent agency. For 12 years they provided public and corporate arts programming for festivals and events all over the Southeast US and abroad. Among her many accomplishments, she is proud being the mom to her son.