Painting with a Twist is a painting class that incorporates creativity, wine and friends. The company started as a community rebuilding and de-stressing project in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. It was originally held in one of the two owners' barns and was very popular.
The company started out being called Corks n Canvas. The owners, Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney, started the classes after Hurricane Katrina and, by 2007, opened it up as an official business. The name changed to Painting with a Twist, and the business began to grow until the women were able to turn it into a franchise.
There are about 236 locations, as of 2015, with more opening across the country regularly. The company has produced over 3,500 pieces of art. The company hires aspiring painters and artists because it recognizes that the enthusiasm they have for art is part of what keeps the company growing.
Painting with a Twist also has a tie to fundraising. The founders of the company have always been active in fundraising even before the hurricane hit, so it was natural for them to do it with their company as well. Painting with a Purpose is an art show and auction that raises money for charities across the United States.