MEET OUR TEAM
CEO & 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. DM’s method is to create a 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 Instagramaccount. For more information and samples of Sally’s diverse body of work, please refer to her website.
Our Teaching Artists
Sydney Spink ( Animation Program)
Sydney is a new member of our team and heads up our Animation Program as well as teaching Still Life. Sydney was raised in Southern California, and has been studying and working as a freelance artist for 6 years. Starting professionally at 13, she created a platform to post her work and gained a quick following that turned into commission work and online vending. Doing commission work and selling merchandise for customers spanning from London to Australia, she provides digital character and background design, character and abstract illustration, color theory, and animation. At 16, was recruited in developing art and characters for a children's educational series in association with Cartoon Network and vending with local Californian festivals such as SD ZineFest. A lifetime passion for cinema and animation took her to New York to study film and art and she currently teaches still life, 2D animation and stop motion animation.
Elena Chestnykh was born in Russia, and has been an exhibiting artist for twenty years. Her work has been shown in numerous venues including the Museums of Contemporary Art Erarta in Saint-Petersburg and New York; Art Center WINZAVOD in Moscow; State museums in Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, Russia; Nord Art 2010, Rendsburg, Germany. Novosibirsk State Museum & Kemerovo Regional Museum all have her artwork in their collections. Elena has traveled around the world painting and learning different cultures; she painted in Italy and Syria, India, and Indonesia. In 2015-2016 she attended the MFA FA program at the School of Visual Arts. In 2015, she contributed to the International Conference “Art in Modern Education”, Novosibirsk. Since 2016, she has written her blog about American art in English and Russian. In 2016 she curated a group exhibition “Breach” at the Rabbit Hole Gallery in Brooklyn.
Chris Anderson is a visual artist whose work explores the nature of home, family, and neighborhood. Chris studied at Claremont Graduate University (MFA), Scripps College (BA), Pratt Institute of Art, and Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. Chris has been awarded fellowship grants in painting and drawing from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts (CAPS), Artists Space, and the Fulbright Commission, as well as residency fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Austrian Chancellery of Art, Millay, VCCA, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Center, & Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, among others. Chris has taught over 30 topics in visual art at Skidmore College, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, University of Maryland, Gordon College Orvieto, and as a Fulbright artist, at the Berlin University of the Arts.The work of Chris Anderson has been exhibited here and abroad and is held in over fifty public and corporate collections.