Our Founder, Tammy Bruce, is a lifelong artist and retired Naval Spouse. Started Mai Tai’s and Monet from her home in Ewa, HI in 2010. Whether painting on canvas, crafting gifts for others or assisting groups with decorative arrangements, she has shown a penchant for artistic detail in everything she touches. Her true passion, though, is sharing her love of art with others and showing them they, too, can create masterpieces. She continues to focus and support our many Instructors and growing Mai Tai’s & Monet Nationwide and Globally!
Donna is our Coordinator and will be with you every step of the way when booking a party via phone or email with Mai Tai’s and Monet. Donna is also one of our many talented artists and has been with the company since the beginning.
(Our Origin) Island of Oahu, Hawaii:
Originally from Rhode Island, Kimberly Ratliff is an essential part of our Hawai’i Mai Tai’s & Monet Ohana, as an Artist and Regional Manager. Kimberly discovered her passion for teaching art after earning her degree in Graphic Design, UH Manoa and teaching Graphic Design at Kailua High School. She joined our Mai Tai’s & Monet Ohana in 2013 upon returning to Hawaii for a second tour with her Navy husband and two young boys. Kimberly volunteers her time teaching art lessons for her sons’ public school classrooms. “I enjoy being able to do what I love with Mai Tais and Monet and the opportunities to do so with Fisher House, Goodwill, Fundraisers for schools events…” She enjoys lots of family/friends time, exploring the island(s) and good food.
Juli Brandwein was born on Oahu and grew up in Las Vegas, NV. After returning to Oahu with her Army husband and three children, Juli joined our Mai Tai’s & Monet Ohana in April 2015 and has been a key part of our Ohana as our local Marketer and Instructor! She loves sharing her joy for painting with our clients and always has a funny story to share! Juli loves the color purple, giraffes, lotus flowers, painting on canvas and ceramics, and hopes to take pottery classes soon. Outside of art, her interests include going to the gym, spinning, lifting and Muay Thai.
Cheri Delostrico joined our Mai Tai’s & Monet Ohana in 2016. She is originally from central Oregon, but now proudly resides in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Graduated from UH Manoa, with a BA in Art, she has always had a passion for art. Sculpting and painting are her favorites. Since joining Mai Tais and Monet, helping others with painting is a new favorite. In her free time you can find her hiking, kayaking, playing on the beach and of course, painting. Her lovely daughter, is often found with her on the adventures she encounters. “Showing others just how easy it is to create art is both fulfilling and a joy to see their faces at their accomplishments.”
Kim Ghramm joined our Mai Tai’s & Monet Ohana in 2016. Originally from Washington state, Kim is a Navy spouse living on Oahu with her husband and their youngest daughter. Kim has always enjoyed a variety of arts and crafts and welcomed the opportunity to spread that joy as an Instructor! Her husband is a super Woods Craftsman who assists us with any wood cutouts etc… we need. In her free time, Kim can be found on the beach, scuba diving, spending time with friends and family and exploring the Islands of Hawai’i.
Hailing from the great state of Texas, Farida Roberts now resides in the land of paradise. She has always enjoyed dabbling in various art forms but never had the opportunity to practice and develop techniques on a consistent basis. Joining our Mai Tai’s & Monet Ohana as an Instructor, has given her an abundance of experience to teach others. Farida earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University. Her graduate work continued in Speech-Pathology. She still has a heart for children and adults with special needs. She and her husband are blessed with four wonderful children. Two of her favorite artists are Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Mary Koski. Other passions include reading, cooking/baking, traveling, and enjoying the occasional afternoon tea.
Chloe Hussey joined our Mai Tai’s & Monet Ohana in 2016, married and keeps busy with her little girl! She has always felt passionate about Art and when the opportunity came up to be a Mai Tai’s & Monet Instructor she jumped at the chance and welcome the opportunity to bring it with me to our next duty station!
Amy Nash, Originally from Baltimore, MD, Amy is married to an Air Force weatherman and currently calls Hawaii home. Amy joined Mai Tais & Monet at the end of 2017 after rediscovering her love of painting. Amy began painting in middle school and has always been crafty- she has been a craft coordinator for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups in SC, NC, and HI. Amy spends most of her time with her 3 kids and husband at the beach and hiking outside or crafting and playing board games at home. Amy is excited to share her love of painting with others!
Muffy Patterson, 2017
Metro Baltimore DC:
Sarah joined our Mai Tai’s & Monet Ohana in 2015. She is our key Representative/Instructor for the Virginia area. As an Army Brat who grew up in Europe most of her life, married (although she vowed never to) to an Army soldier with a son, daughter, and rescue dog from Hawai’i. Sarah has no ‘home’ per say as she considers herself a ‘3rd Culture Kid.’ Sarah studied Art her entire life & loves to draw, paint, sculpt & anything DIY. She now resides in the Northern Virginia area, closer to family and many friends from her overseas years. She has firsthand experience teaching and working with special needs individuals as her younger brother (now an adult) is severely autistic. She is a goofy ginger who loves to laugh and find the beauty in life.
Sheila Keim from Casper, Wyoming where she started taking watercolor classes with her father at the local recreation center at the age of 10. She has always been very creative and interested in the arts. She received her A.A. in Dance at Casper College. While working on her degree one of the requirements was a Stagecraft Class where she had to complete a paint project. She impressed her Professor so much that he then gave her all the painting jobs during her shop hours! Sheila has painted ever since! She is currently in Woodbridge, VA with her Marine husband and their son, and can’t wait to share her love of the arts with you!
Michelle is originally from Philadelphia and joined our Mai Tai’a & Monet Ohana in 2016. She has always been involved in the art field and is constantly looking to learn new artistic talents. Before joining Mai Tais and Monet she worked as a ceramics instructor and art director of a children’s camp. She met her husband in high school and soon after fell in love with himand military life. Michelle is a mom of four and is always doing something crafty with her kids. She loves exploring new places, yoga, nature and using her creativity at every opportunity she gets. Mai Tais and Monet has provided the perfect avenue for her to teach what she loves, as well as connect people with a new and exciting hobby. Her goal is to help others discover how the creative process can melt away stress and anxiety.
Jennifer joined our Mai Tais and Monet Ohana and is our key Representative/Instructor for the Georgia area.
Beth DeSanto has been holding a paint brush since she was a little girl, painting with her grandma, who taught art lessons from home. She has always been passionate about creating, and the Hawaiian islands are a constant source of inspiration to her. Beth
is obsessed with the ocean and can many days be found exploring a beach or knee deep in a tide pool looking for creatures with her son. She loves to travel as long as the destination is somewhere she can wear flip flops, and is most at home on her lanai with a brush in hand in front of her easel or reading a book.