MEET OUR TEAM
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Donna-Maree Wilding is the founder and CEO of Creatively Wild Art Studio. Better known as “DM,” she hails from New Zealand and has worked all over the world. DM has been teaching private and group art classes for more than 20 years. Her warm, inspirational, uplifting teaching approach to art and self-expression brings creative encouragement to all the toddlers, kids, teens and adults that she works with.
DM has developed and taught programs for “LeAP,” funded by The Bloomberg Project, which was formed to transform schools in the South Bronx. Her accomplishments include founder of the children’s program at The Art Studio NY, creator of adult mixed-media classes at Harlem Village Academies, as well as playing a key role in the “Find Your Passion” initiative, which has been lauded by President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg. Her unique teaching method combines artistic technique with authentic self-expression to encourage a positive, open, joyful and empowering artistic experience for anyone. Her students find every aspect of their own lives expanding through creative expression as their artwork matures rapidly on the canvas. DM shares her passion for creativity, self-empowerment and authentic artistic self-expression as a pathway to freedom, inner peace, celebration and deep joy. She feels most excited about celebrating the full potential of every individual student.
Her method is to create that magical, sacred, creative space for each student, regardless of age or ability.
Studio Manager & Visual Arts Instructor
Sally Novak received her BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn New York campus. She graduated cum laude as a painting major. She works in oils, acrylics, mixed media, sculpture and printmaking. She’s an award-winning artist with numerous art sales, solo and group shows. She’s an experienced Art Administrator, having co-curated a group show at Westbeth Gallery in Manhattan. She has been represented by galleries in San Diego, Palm Springs and New York, and her work is collected in both the United States and Europe. Sally is both Studio Manager and Teaching Artist at Creatively Wild Art Studio. She instructs toddlers, children, teens and adults. Her emphasis involves not only art instruction, but providing her students creative freedom. Color theory, art history, and art critiques round out her curriculum. She encourages students to think critically and independently, widening their creative vocabulary. She is currently working on a year-long project by creating a painting a day, which can be seen on her Instagram account. For more information and samples of Sally’s diverse body of work, please refer to her website.
Leigha Pettett, a teaching Artist, Columbia University graduate with a BFA in Visual Art & Art History, is included in numerous private collections—from Lenny Kravitz White Box’s founder, Martin Liu, financier Steve Cohen, and Artinfo.com CEO, to the permanent collection of the Paduka Arts Center Museum, KY. She is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Award Grant, and the National Arts Club Presidential Award. Solo shows include 116 Houston Gallery; Dumbo Arts Center; Galapagos Arts Space; Brooklyn Arts Project, and her curatorial projects selected for inclusion in the 54th Venice Biennale. Her work appears in the private and public collections of financial and entertainment based organizations including MTV, showcased on the hit reality series “The Real Housewives of New York” and “The City.”
Visual Arts Instructor
Brooke graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Textile Design and a second degree in Art Education. Her passion for people and creating has lead her down a unique life path of creative opportunities. Her paintings and patterns highlight her unique color choices and modern, abstract designs. She has had the pleasure of working, collaborating, and interning with some amazing mover-shakers in the art world. Brooke celebrates the present with her artist mantra, “just b”. To view Brooke’s personal work, please visit her website.
Nic Gordon is a Columbus, Ohio native turned Brooklynite. She grew up training in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and modern. She started teaching dance at the age of 16 and continued through college. She attended The Ohio State University where she received her BFA in dance with a focus on choreography, performance, and dance education. While there, she choreographed a flash mob of over 300 people for the Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure and was able to train under world renowned choreographers, Bebe Miller and Susan Hadley. She enjoys every element of dance and is thrilled to be starting the dance department at Creatively Wild.