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About Us

The owners of Painting with Art and Soul are family.   Elizabeth has been helping and aspiring kids through art and other creative adventures her entire adult life.  With the help of her daughter, Katie Gaines, the vision to share a love for art, painting, and design continues.   They love sharing their talents and inspiring others to believe in themselves.    The grand, Brinley Gaines, is a youth artist at the studio and in 2023 was awarded the Youngest Entrepreneur in Claiborne County. 

Our Art Center

The Art Center offers a place for kids to come and create a one of a kind piece of art that they can keep and take home.  It is something they can share with their friends and be proud of.


Adults can come and unwind leaving the cares of the day behind.  Spend quality time with family and friends.  Also, if you are looking for a way to get to know someone, date night is a perfect, no pressure first date location. 


No matter what the age or who you bring to share the experience with, make the art center your destination for a fun time.   

Meet the Owners

The owners love meeting new people and sharing their talents!

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Katie Gaines

Painting and Crafting 

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Elizabeth Fortson

Painting and other crafts

Claiborne County native, Katie Gaines Reed spent her early childhood hanging out with her papaw, Q.G. Fortson.   She was constantly exposed to Elizabeth's volunteer work in the church kids choir, youth programs and event planning.   Through this, Katie learned an ethic to work with others and support their needs.    As a self-taught artist, she loves painting an array of pictures.   She is energetic and loves leading groups to make classes fun while giving instruction and promoting confidence in our students.   

A graduate of Maryville College with a degree in International Business, Katie is back in Claiborne County.   She and her daughter Brinley Gaines, and several fur babies reside in nearby New Tazewell. 


Claiborne County native, Elizabeth Fortson has had many adventures with her Grand daughter, Brinley.  They love to paint on canvas and on ceramics.  They love to cook and spend time creating many new crafts and keepsakes.  

The Art Center is a way for them to enjoy their time together doing what they love.  They also love spending time with family and friends..  

With the Art Center, the adventures never end, and now daughter Katie Gaines is an active owner of this family business.  

Fortson is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a statistics degree, and LMU graduate with a MBA.  


What Parents Say

"Our girls attend classes at the painting studio and we love the opportunity this business brings to our community.   "

- Daniel England 

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