Thomas S. Cleveland
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.
Cypress Director, Instructor
The younger daughter of master artist Thomas Cleveland, was also born into art, but began her artistic passion at the young age of eight. In 1997, her father was the lead instructor of the children’s program at the Houston School of Art & Design (HSAD). Nicky spent every summer and weekend drawing and painting at the school with a variety of artistic mentors that included: Shawn Carson, Charlie Brown, and her very own father Thomas Cleveland.
After high school, Nicky continued working with her father when he started the Artist Within Studio School in Cypress and became one of the lead instructors while continuing her college education focused in and around human interaction and therapy. She is currently studying to get her LPC and is the director and coordinator of the Cypress location.
Rachel Parks, like most artists, began drawing at an early age. Not so coincidentally, her first formal training was actually at the Artist Within back in 2005, with Thomas Cleveland as her mentor. Being an extraordinarily talented student, she excelled quickly and was asked to be an assistant there after two years of lessons. Rachel then went to college to refine her skills further and graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelors in Art and a minor in Art History. We are honored to have her working with us once again as a diverse instructor whose speciality is acrylic and graphite, but who is also versed in watercolor, oil, colored pencil and pastels.