MARY LOU BRADLEY & JOE GROOMFOUNDERS OF PAINT MONKEY
Mary Lou Bradley and Joe Groom started Paint Monkey in December of 2011. They’re a husband and wife team. Mary Lou is a native Pittsburgher who lived in New York for 30 years and returned in 2011. Joe is a native New Yorker and has been an artist all of his life. He attended the High School of Art & Design and Parsons School of Design. Mary Lou has a background in operations, so she runs the business and plays hostess when they’re working parties. Joe takes care of all the art at Paint Monkey. He still teaches classes and designs paintings for our followers to paint. Together they have built this business from the ground up, as they are not a franchise. They both love the meeting of people aspect of the business. They always say, “it’s like we’re having a party each night, we just don’t know who’s coming”.
They enjoy collecting mid-century furniture and spending time with their beloved Boston Terrier, Roxy.
Arion is a 2005 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She started her career as an Art Director. She left the window seat/ office job for the more relaxed studio setting.
Now as the Studio Manager of Paint Monkey, she gets to enjoy getting a little messy. Weather teaching classes to kids, celebrating with Bachelorette parties, or the entertaining family parties; she enjoys sharing her gift and love of painting.
As a proud Air Force wife, and mom of two, she’s always busy. However, when she has free time, you can find her at Target, thrift store shopping, trying to catch up on a yoga class or painting.
Steph has been with Paint Monkey for nearly 4 years now. She grew up in North Eastern Ohio, went to school in Columbus, Ohio and now resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2007, Liptak received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Highest Honors) with an emphasis in Illustration from Columbus College of Art & Design. She minored in History of Medieval Art. In her spare time, Steph is a dog Mom extraordinaire to Toby, her beautiful Australian Border Collie.
Jesse has a BFA with Teacher Certifcation from Slippery Rock University. Her favorite media is painting and fibers. In her spare time she likes to make art, take Taekwondo, read and watch Doctor Who.
Mimi has been an artist at Paint Monkey for the past few years and has a bachelors in Art therapy and is currently pursuing her masters. When she’s not painting, she’s working with textile art such as knitting and crocheting. She loves sloths, coffee and enjoys long walks on the beach…wait..wrong bio!
Rachel has been an artist at Paint Monkey for two years! When she’s not painting, she’s a wife, mother, zookeeper, and all around creative person!