The first Paint Along was established in 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee by Linda Rhea and Marti Rhea. Under the duo’s careful watch the business has grown from a single site in Tennessee to a multi-unit business in New York and New Hampshire. They have applied their drive, knowledge and skills to successfully guide the business to offering franchise opportunities in other areas.Paint Along has added positions in creative development, marketing, instruction, and franchise and business development. Our desire to develop the Paint Along brand is dependent on a competitive aggressive business model complemented by a strategic and selective process that ensures consistency while fostering the existing culture.
Linda Rhea is the creator and founder of Paint Along having developed the images and techniques that are the driving force behind the Paint Along brand.  Linda imparts her keen sense of style and attention to detail into each of our paintings. A rare mix of creativity and business acumen have led Linda through a career in Couture Design and Fine Art.  After many years in the fashion industry as a designer and creator of stage wear, wedding gowns and gowns for some of Nashville’e social elete and music industry professionals and with a desire to move into a different creative role she decided to rekindle her love of painting which had been a activity she engaged in since childhood, Linda accepted a position in Palm Desert, California as a fine art gallery director. This position soon transformed into the idea of sharing the skills and knowledge of painting into a studio atmosphere which offers others the experience of participation in the process of painting on a canvas. The instruction has been adapted so that anyone can participate without experience. “It is such a great thing to see others excited about the painting that they created. I hear people say that they never thought they could do something like this and that they are so pleased with their paintings.”

Marti Rhea joined forces with Linda in 2008 in the creation and development of the Paint Along brand and continued as an integral part of the franchise development. Marti opened the first Paint Along studio in New York in 2010.  Marti’s career history encompasses over 14 years of experience in the visual arts industry. She began as a freelance photography assistant in her hometown of Nashville, TN in 1999, and added makeup artistry to her resume while living in California. Upon moving to New York in 2008, Marti worked as a producer at Scheimpflug Digital, a film and photography production company in New York City with clients such as Brooks Brothers and Victoria’s Secret. While continuing to establish and maintain relationships with her New York clientele, Marti has been able to launch and successfully establish the first Paint Along studio in New York.

Terry Frank – We are pleased to have Terry join us as a business consultant focusing on Franchise and business development.  Connecting people to their next opportunity and coaching them to success is a passion he carries out with everyone’s best interest in mind.

Terry is a business and franchise consultant with over 25 years of successful business management and development in multiple verticals.  HIs high energy/ can do approach to leadership coaching is a breath of fresh air in the Franchise industry.  His experience includes management of privately owned Franchises, Corporately owned branches in staffing and has experience the corporate side of Executive management as a Regional Director for Manpower.

Today Terry dba Navcon3 consults with a unique approach of living in the culture of those companies he aligns with.  He has developed national sales curriculum, trained and coached sales individuals and teams.   His staffing consulting includes market strategies and penetration, recruitment process outsourcing, managed services, applicant tracking, vendor management and account management. He is a strong networker and is actively engaged for executive search, placement and leadership alignment.  Terry works confidentially with business owners as a trusted advisor including talent management, business modeling, and leadership dynamics.  He presently serves the community as a board member on Workforce development for the Nashville Chamber.

As a Regional Director in staffing Terry revitalized a brand in the Louisville metro market driving dramatic revenue growth and managing from 4.2 million to over 30 million in three years.  Terry spent ten years in real estate as managing broker in southern Indiana.  As a trainer for Prudential (CCDS) he launched and coached hundreds of agents to success and continues to coach and mentor many of those today.

Patty Ayers is a skilled Paint Along instructor with an eye for detail. Her approach with a mild mannered inspirational style encourages the painter and dispells the ”fear factor” that some come to class with. Patty also serves in administrative roles and corporate trainer.

Carrie Hunter is a Paint Along instructor who has brought her high energy and entertainment skills to the studio classes. She also brings over ten years of marketing, communications and social media experience most notably at Clear Chanel Communications in Ashville, NC and Tuscaloosa, Alabama as a morning radio on air personality. Carrie also serves as a Paint Along corporate trainer.

Nykie Gibbs – Creative Development, Studio Instructor, Franchise Owner