Thomas S. Cleveland, Master Artist
At five years of age, Tommy wanted to be a real artist. Like many young children he loved to draw. He however, just never stopped. Driven by a passion to create, he honed his talent by persistence, training and practice. Efforts that were rewarded by prestigious national and international awards, Fortune 500 clients and as one of the nation’s first Master Artists to serve in the United States Mint’s historic Artistic Infusion Program designing our national coinage. Read more…
Amber Cleveland, Director, Instructor
The eldest daughter of master artist Thomas Cleveland, Amber was born into art with both parents in the graphic designer industry. In the late 1990’s, while her father was the lead instructor of the children’s program at the Houston School of Art & Design (HSAD), Amber spent every summer and weekend at the school working with a variety of artistic mentors that helped mold her creative mind. Her mentors, other than her father, included Charlie Brown, the original founder of HSAD, who gave her the opportunity to work as the administrative assistant starting at a young age. She learned more than just answering the phones however; she became versed in all the behind the scenes of what it took to run a business. Charlie taught her more than art – he taught her business sense.
After high school, Amber graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s in Biology and a minor in Education. Her corporate job was unfulfilling however and something was missing. That ‘something’ she realized, was teaching and seeing the smiles on student’s faces when they realized their untapped talent was always within them waiting to shine through their artwork. After Charlie’s passing, she took the opportunity offered to her family to share their wealth of artistic knowledge with a larger audience of students. In addition to the Artist Within Art School located in Cypress, they took on the new location and continued the dream Charlie had envisioned.
Samantha Byrym-Collins, Instructor
Samantha Byrym-Collins, “Sami”, was born in Houston, raised in Conroe and graduated Magma Cum Lade from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Painting. She has always been interested in art, even as a small child, and continues to pursue her childhood dream of being an artist, in every sense of the word. Currently a member of the Conroe Art League and Lone Star Art Guild of Texas, she has been asked to host several workshops coming up this year after winning best in show at the 2017 Annual Lone Star Art Guild Convention. Seemingly shy at first, her creative light shines through her art work and to all of her students as she inspires them to pursue their Artist Within. See more of her work here.