The Lush Art Team of Creatives

Owner/Art Instructor, Cara Heard

Lush Art is locally owned and operated by Cara Heard.

Lush Art is the ONLY Paint and Sip Painting Studio in Houston County. It has been a labor of love and lots of hours of work. Lush Art is Cara's vision of how a paint and sip studio should be. When you come to Lush Art you are treated like family, not like a number going to a corporate office.

Cara thinks art should be available to everyone of all skill levels to provide comfort, a creative outlet, relaxation, and a place to escape from reality. You can do that either by coming alone or coming with a group of friends or family.

Cara and her family moved to Georgia in September 2013, because her husband had accepted a new job.

She loves craft beer, coffee, Young Living Lemon Oil in her water, Rosebud Salve lip balm, reading trashy romance novels, traveling, Clay Matthews and the Green Bay Packers, dogs, Ellen Degeneres, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Selleck's mustache, watching Jeopardy, her friends and family, riding around in her jeep when the weather is nice, and sharing her love of fun art with others

She would rather text, email, send smoke signals, facebook, pinterest, instagram, etc. than talk on the phone or go to the post office.

You'll often find her teaching with a beer in one hand and a paint brush in the other. She can be sarcastic and silly and loves to laugh and make others laugh, even if it's at her expense. The last thing she would want is for anyone to find art intimidating, so come in with your inexperienced self and ask what you think are silly questions. That is what Lush Art is for. Have a drink, or don't (no one will hold that against you), relax, unwind (or un-wine), and create something you can hang on the wall and that will remind you of the experience. 

There is no fun in perfection. SO LET THAT GO AT THE DOOR and enjoy yourself.

She loves art that contains few hard straight lines and more of an easy flow. Always remember art isn't suppose to match your couch!

Cara wants Lush Art to be for anyone (man, woman, and child), but the mainstay will always to be providing a place to encourage women, to give women a place to escape and create without someone nagging them, pulling at them, or asking of them.

"If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you; I am here to live out loud." ~Emile Zola

Art Instructor, Nancy Gillies

Nancy has taught children’s art for over 20 years. You will delight in using her simple step by step method at Lush Art that inspires confidence and smiles. “You got this!” She has been with Lush Art since September 2014.

When she expressed an interest in instructing adults, a fellow art teacher commented, “It’s no different than teaching kids except they don’t pee in their pants!” With that in mind, Nancy embarks on a new adventure at Lush where art is lighthearted and whimsical.

Nancy’s husband is an art teacher too! She has 3 daughters, one son and a puppy who thinks she is a princess. Her kids tease her about her fear of The Wizard of Oz and clowns. Nancy enjoys road trips to explore small towns, especially local diners and antique stores. Favorites include painting “FUNiture”, peanut butter, movie quotes, the Young and Restless, the Dos Equis guy, and Charleston.

Nancy looks forward to meeting you so, C’mon and paint something amazing!!!

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
– Pablo Picasso

Art Instructor, Sarah Kilmer

Sarah Kilmer has been living in Warner Robins since 2007. Sarah moved here for a job opportunity directly after graduating from Valdosta State University. She has been married to her husband, Matt, for four years. They have two dogs, Roxy (an American Bulldog) and Chloe (a black Lab). They love to travel in the summer and love spending time with their families!

She has spent about half of that time at the elementary level and the other half at the middle school level. She loves teaching smaller children because of the pure excitement that they exude while producing art! But, she enjoys teaching older children as well because they grasp techniques better and are at an age where they are beginning to find their own way as an artist.

Sarah took an interest in art at a very young age. Her grandparents used to save comic strips for her from the newspaper and she would look at the cartoons and try and draw them exactly as they were. She continued replicating works of art early on. She did not have a strong art program to guide her in elementary or middle school. However, she was fortunate enough to have a great program and mentor in high school. That’s when she decided that she enjoyed drawing and painting so much that she wanted to have a career in it! Sarah enjoy teaching because of the passion that she is able to put into her work and because of the outcome that comes from those that she has had an impact on. Teaching is a very gratifying profession. On most days, she truly feels as though she is making a difference in someone’s life!

Sarah has been an instructor at Lush Art since April 2015.

Artist Assistant/Art Instructor, Rhonda Jackson

Rhonda has been drawing for as long as she can remember. She started using other mediums when she took art in high school. After injuring her right elbow playing hockey her junior year, she learned to paint left handed to complete her assignments. She enjoys the art of Frida Kahlo, Edgar Degas, and Janet Fish.
Rhonda grew up in Macon, Ga and graduated from Rutland High school.  Her major in college was history and she enjoys reading, researching, and learning about historical events. She has been happily married for 8 years. In her free time she enjoys drawing, painting, cooking, watching anime, sewing and is learning to crochet.

"A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge." -Tyrian Lannister, Game of Thrones

Studio Manager/Art Instructor, Heather Watson

Heather Watson is a self taught painter, literature enthusiast, and nerd. When she isn't managing Escape Artists, she spends her free time binge watching Netflix, playing Destiny, and drinking sangria. Heather was born and raised in middle Georgia. She currently resides with her boyfriend and their tiny zoo of domesticated animals in the sticks of Crawford County. To Heather, art and painting is a great way to relax and decompress after a long day. She enjoys painting landscapes and abstract, but loves learning and trying new techniques. 

"Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences." -Sylvia Plath

Artists Assistant, Abigail Carpenter

Abigail was born and raised in Warner Robins, Georgia. She recently graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. She hopes to one day pursue investigative work. Abigail enjoys everything involving the outdoors and is always looking for the next adventure. These adventures are especially fun because her dog Bella almost always tags along. If you don't see Abigail at Lush Art, you are bound to see her working two doors down at Escape Artists. She looks forward to seeing y'all and helping y'all have the best time possible while you're painting here at Lush!

Art Instructor/Assistant, Ximena Barnes

Ximena has been living in Warner Robins since the summer of 2015. This young lady moved here for a job offer as a nutritionist shortly after finishing her degree from the University of North Florida. She has been married to her husband, Levi, for a little over a year. They enjoy trying new food together and take a food tour of a city at least once a year. Yum!
She first fell in love with art during her high school years. Ximena attended a visual arts magnet school with a concentration on oil paintings, and landscapes. As the years passed art became her passion. She loves experimenting with colors and textures in her paintings. To Ximena everyone has an artist within, patiently waiting to create.
Ximena looks forward to painting with you!
"Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse