My Story

 Donna and Nancy at a Baltimore Workshop


I have been painting and crafting for as long as I can remember. I was ‘tole painting’ in the 4thgrade (not realizing that was an art form) and always creating projects for the home, girl scouts, and school.

For several years, my daughter and I rented display space in a Chino CA home décor store.  It was this experience that planted the dream that I wanted my painting to be more than a part-time adventure.

Although I enjoyed tole painting, when I read about Donna Dewberry, the founder of One Stroke Painting, in a Tole Painter’s magazine, I knew I had to find out more.  I signed up for the next 3-day Level 1 certification class and immediately began teaching the One Stroke technique after receiving the Level 1 certificate.

To view my schedule, please click “Class Schedule” on the top tab bar. You do not need to be a “born” artist to learn the One Stroke technique.  Absolutely no painting experience is necessary!

Do you want to have a paint party?  Host an adult ‘Wine and Paint’ party or a child “Pizza and Paint’ party and have a great time painting a canvas or wine glass. For possible prepared designs, please go to my website at  We can also paint any subject matter you would like.

My One Stroke Certifications include:

2002 – Level 1 One Stroke Certified Instructor (OSCI)
2007 – Level 2 OSCI
2011 – Elite OSCI
2012 – wOil Certified Instructor
2012 – Dewberry U Facility member
2020 – Design and Drawing
2020 – Pure Paint
2021 – Oversize Canvas
2021 – Certifying Elite Director

Keep Your Brushes Busy!

Nancy J Smith, One Stroke Certifying Elite Director

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