About Us


Jackie Gaines, owner of Brush strokes And More, LLC, both a loving wife, mother and artist for many years.  I was asked to take a drawing test of a reindeer at 5 years old and have been drawing ever since. I was guided by some inspirational teachers who pushed me to give my all in every project. I received several art scholarships to help me attend Ball State University.  I opened my business in 2005, teaching at assistant livings, community centers and private lessons. Finally able to open my own art studio, which has been rocking every since. I truly have watch my students grow. 

Mrs. Karen Simmons was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pa and taught there for 12 years. She graduated from Butler University with a BS in Elementary Education. She and her husband, Gene, live in Stuart and have raised two boys. She loves the beach, reading, creating, dancing, and having fun!
    She was a teacher in Palm Beach County for 30 years. Her philosophy in the classroom was to teach hands-on and to make learning the skills fun for students of all abilities. This passion for teaching her students to be creative led to her partnership in business with another teacher, forming The Bag Ladies Inc. These two teachers have published 4 books and 26 thematic units for teachers. They present all over the United States demonstrating ways to keep creativity alive in the classrooms of today and motivating teachers in making the student portfolios and projects that hold notes, ideas, and skill practice. This business continues now.
     Having retired from Beacon Cove in 2016, Mrs. Simmons has joined Brush Strokes and More to teach classes in art journaling. Because of her love of teaching, writing, and creating, the classes combine these elements of art in numerous ways. Thus far she has used acrylics, watercolors, pastels, gelli plates, textures, collage, sculptures, stencils, stamps, and more. 



• Have the power to learn
• Are curious & creative
• Can succeed

No two students have exactly the same creative skills or learning style. That’s why we create an individual learning plan for every student. Our plan will combine direct art instruction with tutoring in a way that works for your student.  Classes and summer camps include pencil drawing, painting, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, paper mache, clay and mosaics just to name a few.


We are involved with many elementary schools in our community such as Jerry Thomas, Limestone Creek Elementary, and Beacon Cove Elementary.  We are proud to sponsor Limestone Creek Elementary from 2016 -2018 school year, their first popcorn Friday, all students will receive popcorn on us.We go directly into the classroom and volunteer with the teachers and students. Limestone Creek's first grade students read a book and we plan an art project based on the literature, using the student's fine motor skills. Also with Limestone Creek students' help, we designed and painted a mural at their back playground field area.  Jerry Thomas Elementary second grade teachers are having us work on holiday themed art projects throughout the year.  At Beacon Cove Elementary in 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, we supplied the Art Club with the materials needed to make several mosaic tables and Lazy Susans that has been auctioned off to raise money for the school. ​