Heather Cadalzo, co-owner of Inspired Minds, graduated from the School of Visual Arts, NYC, with a BFA in Illustration in 2002. She has since been working as a freelance portrait artist; her paintings have been commissioned for numerous private collections. In 2002, she found her calling as an instructor when she returned to Riverview Art School, Islands Heights, where she had studied as a teen under master painter Elaine Sgambati. She served as the head children’s oil painting instructor there for five years.
In 2006, Rose and Heather joined up to form Inspired Minds- an art school modeled after Riverview, where she could pass down her artistic knowledge & skills to others and promote creativity on a daily basis. She feels blessed to be someone who truly loves her job! Her work has been shown in many galleries locally and has won the Statewide Juried Art Competition in 2006 and 2007. Heather also serves as a Board Member at the Art Alliance in Red Bank. She has recently completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy, and is working to help others in a creative way.
To view her artwork visit www.heatherspaintings.com
Heather's masterpiece however are her two daughters, Willow and Leia.
Rose Killmer, co-owner of Inspired Minds, graduated in 1994 with a B.A. of Fine Art with a concentration in Commercial Art from Georgian Court University. Here she studied oil and watercolor painting, printmaking, & sculpture. After 14 years working in the communications and graphics industry,
she started her teaching career at Riverview Art School in Island Heights, where she first met Heather. This one day a week class started a love of teaching that continues to grow to this day. Heather and Rose's friendship grew and In 2006, they opened up Inspired Minds Fine Art School, a dream job for sure! Rose is married and has one daughter and a dog named Charlie. Other than teaching, Rose works as a commissioned artist and graphic designer. In her personal work she concentrates on painting flowers, landscapes, and portraits in oil and watercolors. She is currently showing her artwork in Main Street Gallery in Manasquan, NJ. Rose constantly is creating new artwork, continuing to keep her graphic skills up to date and is taking continuing education courses to work towards her NJ Teaching Certificate.
You can see her art at rosekillmer.com
Brittany James graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA degree concentrated in oil painting in 2009 and has been a full-time artist ever since. In addition, she teaches art classes for children at Inspired Minds Fine Art School in Lincroft and adults at Art629 Gallery in Asbury Park. She is experienced in oil painting, acrylic murals, performance art, charcoal drawing, life drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. She also strongly believes in the healing therapy of art-making and self-expression and enjoys helping others create. All of James’ paintings are derived from a combination of photo references and imagined scenes to create surreal images. As a Jersey Shore native, James began painting in Island Heights and was inspired by the beauty of her surroundings. Nature has always been a big influence in her work and continues to be today. James has painted live on stage at the State Theater in New Brunswick and the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park during Glen Burtnik’s British Invasion shows, and was part of a performance art piece during the Summer of Love concert at Count Basie Theater in Red Bank. She has been a muralist and featured artist for the Asbury Underground Art & Music Crawl, and has shown her work in several New Jersey galleries including Torche Gallery in Belmar, Art629 Gallery in Asbury Park, Concrete Galleries in Red Bank, and George Segal Gallery in Montclair.
You can see her art at http://www.brittanyjamesart.webs.com.
Kara Armellino is a professional artist and currently an Art and Education major at Monmouth University. She has recently traveled through Europe with fellow artists, spending time in Prague, Paris, and Amsterdam. While there she visited museums such as the Louve, Rijksmuseum, and the Haag, and got to see first hand different art forms from around the world. Aside from working towards her teaching certificate, Kara has years of teaching experience. She first found her love of teaching at Corpus Christi School in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ., where she taught CCD for five years. As Kara looks forward to her future career in art instruction, she is happy to be a part of Inspired Minds.
Rachel Lee graduated from SUNY Purchase College with a BFA in 2016. She currently works as a freelance illustrator. She is passionate about sharing her love of learning and creating with her students. Rachel has always loved stories and adventure. As a child, she drew characters constantly. As an adult, she hasn’t lost her love of stories or creating characters, but instead, has learned to hone her artistic skills to match the scope of her imagination.
Among her many other endeavors, Rachel just finished creating the art for an online webcomic, and she is loving teaching the Comics and Illustration class at Inspired Minds!