Wild and Free Painting

WELCOME to Wild and Free Painting, an indulgent and nourishing art therapy studio for self-discovery

Photos from Wild and Free Painting's post 04/28/2024

🤩 ✨🤩 So much fun to do a collaboration with the fabulous . We learned SO much through numerology (thank you Krista)and then brought it all together through a process painting. Perfect way to spend a Sunday.


🌟 Join Us 🌟

Join Krista Lynn and Elissa for this Numerology inspired painting class.

Paint by Numbers: Creative Expression Through Numerology

Sunday, April 28th
Wild and Free Painting
801C Main Street, Belmar

Numerology, the ancient mystical practice of assigning meaning and significance to numbers, extends its influence beyond numbers themselves. It also encompasses colors, which are believed to carry distinct vibrations and energies that can impact our lives.

In this illuminating workshop, you will learn how to unlock the numerical power of your birthdate by the guidance of Krista Lynn. Through the birth date, we will explore how these numerical vibrations can reveal one’s life path, personal year, inner strengths and future tendencies.

After the exploration of your personal numbers, Elissa will uncover the lucky colors associated with the numbers that are unique to you. A blank canvas and paintbrush will be provided to paint the number of your life path and embellish upon the knowledge gained.

Link in bio under Workshops tab.


✨ Registration for our Spring Series is open ✨


Join our growing community of painters for a much needed respite where you can reduce stress and connect to the creative community you’ve been searching for.

Wild and Free Painting is an indulgent and nourishing Process Painting Art Studio for self-care and personal growth. We focus on the act of painting itself and your experience while painting rather than the final art product. We celebrate your creativity in all of its authentic form and return to the idea that creative expression can serve as a tool to heal, connect, de-stress, reclaim and discover.

~ Absolutely no prior art experience is necessary to enjoy the benefits of this process. ~

Virtual Tuesdays 10AM-12PM
4/16, NO GROUP 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21

Tuesdays at Wild and Free Painting (Belmar, NJ) from 5-7PM
4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21

Wednesdays at Wild and Free Painting (Belmar, NJ) from 10-12PM - SOLD OUT
4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22

Thursdays at Wild and Free Painting (Belmar, NJ) from 10-12PM - 2 Spots Left
4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23

For more info. and to register see link in bio.

Individual Art Therapy sessions available for children, teens and adults.

Elissa earned a BFA in Graphic Design from The University of Michigan, holds a Masters degree in Art Therapy from New York University, is a Licensed, Registered Board-Certified Art Therapist in NJ and NY and a Process Painting Facilitator.

Photos from Wild and Free Painting's post 03/23/2024

✨ A Date to Create ✨The Art of Co-Creation, was a HUGE success.

Stay tuned for another opportunity to create with your partner and learn from

What a magical night! 💖🎨🙏🏻


✨ Have you Heard?!? ✨ just launched their first mental health career Barbie as an ART THERAPIST!!! 💥

There is quite a bit of talk within our profession on how they missed the design mark and how they could have made her more realistic. In pure Art Therapist spirit we are cutting and coloring her hair, adding pigment to her skin, creating funkier clothes, giving her better props and adding some weight to her.

I’ve been an Art Therapist for 20 years and spent the first 15 explaining to everyone what we do. To have an Art Therapist displayed on shelves through feels like a win. I’m not sure if I am going to change her looks just yet. Right now I’m going to spend some time with her and since she is so new… I’ll explain to her what we do! 😉


Join us for a ✨Date to Create: The Intimate Art of Co-Creation. ✨

Friday, March 22nd from 6-8PM

Are you ready for more meaningful ways to connect with your partner?

Are you tired and bored of the same old options?

Do you want to create a meaningful experience together?

Play is intimately and intricately connected with creativity, daring, boldness, and risk-taking—all things that invite the unknown and lead to more pleasure, connection, creativity, and fantasy (Esther Perel).

Join Elissa and Nicole for an intimate night of playful co-creation where they will blend their crafts of process painting and couples therapy to help turn your date-night into play-date night.

In this workshop we will:

Encourage play by trying something new together which can reignite excitement and invigorate your relationship.

Paint a canvas and get creative - creative thinking and problem solving lends itself to a deeper connection.

Engage in mindful listening as your partner shares their thoughts and experiences.

Be introduced to Imago Relationship Theory and learn and practice the key element of “Mirroring.”

Leave with a one of a kind painting and experience.

Elissa is a Licensed Art Therapist and owner of Wild and Free Painting, an indulgent and nourishing process based art studio for self-care and personal growth. She specializes in Art Therapy, Process Painting Groups and Creative Workshops. She believes in celebrating your creativity in all of its authentic form to return to the idea that creative expression can serve as a tool to heal, connect, de-stress, reclaim and discover.

Nicole is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the owner of Mindful Therapy of Monmouth County in Matawan, NJ where she specializes in Imago Relationship Couples Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Eriksonian Hypnosis, Psychodrama, and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP).

Let’s create together! 🎨

This workshop is open to all ages, genders and sexual preferences.

*link in bio under workshops tab*


✨ That’s a wrap! ✨

This week marks the end of our first series of 2024.

Some of what we will take with us:

Experimentation , trust, acceptance, release, allowing,surrender, grateful, revealing, discovery, practice, relinquish…. And more.

Come join us for our next series beginning the week of 2/19:

Virtual Tuesdays 10-12pm

Tuesdays 5-7pm

Wednesdays 10-12pm - SOLD OUT

Thursdays 10-12pm

Link in bio, under group registration for more info.


Looking for an opportunity to dive deeper into your creative expression?

🎨Join , Wild and Free Painting, and Project Write Now, as we partner on this collaborative mixed-modality experience, highlighting the importance of artistic expression and communication.

🌈Rather than teaching technique, these workshops focus on embracing the journey of being present and following our own inner knowing. Through writing, painting, hand building, and beyond, participants are encouraged to show up as their authentic selves and trust the process.

🔗Learn more & register: https://projectwritenow.org/writers-institute/product/trusting-the-process.

Photos from Wild and Free Painting's post 01/21/2024

”And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” ✨ ~Anais Nin

What an incredible night spent with all the creative souls who gathered around courageously creative share. And to our incredible cellist whose music held it all together. Thank you 🙏🏻

Forever grateful to the community that is forming and the space in which we can share and gather around creative expression.

Thank you for the sweet pix.



✨Wild and Free is expanding its offerings in 2024!✨

We will be hosting more creative experiences and opening our doors to others who want to share their expertise too. We envision even more creative opportunities with you and we we hope you’ll be inspired to share your creativity with others too.

As with any expansion and creative endeavor a certain detachment to outcome is helpful and letting go of perfectionism goes a long way.

Wild and Free is not defined by what it contains but by its ability TO contain; to hold space for new ideas and new life to mature enough to be born into the world.

Join us on as we gather, share, witness and hold space for ‘s healing journey through process painting.

Saturday, January 20th from 2-7pm
Wild and Free Painting
801C Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719
(Enter 801 without the “C” in GPS, next door to ).

In the spirit of Wild and Free this is not your typical art “exhibit” or “show” with an opening reception and speeches to follow, but rather a holding of space for something new to be born and we are inviting you to walk through, gather, experience, feel and join us.

Light bites and refreshments will be served and music will be played by a fellow painter and cellist.

Let’s see what we can create together in 2024 and beyond. With a supportive container for all things creative … I believe the possibilities and potential are endless.

DM if you are interested in sharing or leading a new offering! 🎨

Photos from Wild and Free Painting's post 01/08/2024

What a beautiful way to begin 2024. ✨ Letting go of what no longer serves us and welcoming in what does. Thank you to for sharing your LIGHT.

Stay tuned for more workshops as we expand our creative offerings! 🎨


🤩 New Year, New Paints 🤩

One spot left in Thursday’s 10-12pm process painting group. Is it for you?

Join us this Friday from 10am-2pm for Creativity, Spirituality and Transformation with . ✨

Links in bio for more info.


That’s us! In the mountains of Vermont, with very little snow, but we still managed to squeak in some great skiing days. Skiing feels restorative to me. The laser focus on one thing, the repetitive motion, the discovery of incredible scenery, the speed, some discomfort (at times) and the disconnect from social media. In many ways it feels like painting. This trip gave me the space needed to reflect and time to consider the year ahead.

This trip gave me the space needed to reflect and time to consider the year ahead.

At Wild and Free, you are invited to come as you are, find balance within life’s demands and turn inward for creative self-discovery, recovery and community.

Carve out some creative, restorative time for yourself in 2024.

Your mind, body and soul will thank you!

THANK YOU for your continued support and excitement for what we do. We are always honored to gather and create with you.

Have a restful transition into the New Year!

Some spots open in our Tuesday PM and Thursday AM Process Painting Groups beginning the week of 1/1/2024.

Check link in bio for Creativity, Spirituality and Transformation with on Friday 1/5/2024.


with Wild and Free Painting on Friday 1/26/2024 from 6-8pm.



It’s here...the time of the year when we have the opportunity to consciously choose where we want to put our focus, attention and energy for the upcoming year. If you’ve been feeling stuck and craving time for self-discovery, expansion, and creative expression in a community of other people looking to do the same, then please join us!

YOU are invited to carve out time for YOURSELF this New Year.

At Wild and Free, we create a judgement-free, sacred space with continuous flow and little interruption to support self-reflection. In our groups, we practice the art of slowing down with simple things like settling into quiet, noticing your thoughts and sensing your body/feelings, all through our beautiful tool of paint!

This is not your typical art class and there is no technique taught or model to follow. Instead, your intuition and authenticity are the experts. We prioritize taking risks in the safety of our painting and courageously expressing ourselves over pesky perfection.

You are invited to come as you are, find balance within life’s demands and turn inward for creative self-discovery and recovery.


Tuesdays 10-12pm Virtual

Tuesdays 5-7pm Wild and Free in Belmar

Wednesdays 10-12pm Wild and Free in Belmar

Thursdays 10-12pm Wild and Free in Belmar


Three different painters completed this painting. No plan, no discussion, no goal, no intention. Just slow movements, intuitive felt sense and what felt like synced nervous systems. A communal experience. ✨🎨


✨ It’s wear your favorite hat 👒Friday and share what makes you love it. ✨

I bought this Liz Claiborne(!) hat at Macys 23 years ago. I still have it and it still looks like new. 🤷🏼‍♀️ A trait I’m happy to carry that was passed down from my Father.

I’m so honored to gather, create, share stories, support and be in community with so many creative souls each week.

Join us for our Fall 6 week series. We begin next week! 💕🎨 link in bio.


Have the urge to get creative but not sure how to get started? Trusting the Process is the place to begin. A collaboration between Wild and Free, and and a blend of painting, poetry and pottery. Come join us! 🎨



Come hold space for process and create in COMMUNITY

OCT/NOV/DEC Process Painting
FALL Series

Virtual Tuesdays 10AM-12PM - Online Studio

10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28

Tuesdays 5:00PM-7:00PM

10/24, NO GROUP 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5

Wednesdays 10AM-12PM

10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, NO GROUP 11/22, 11/29, 12/6

Thursdays 10AM-12PM

10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, NO GROUP 11/23, 11/30, 12/7

All groups takes place in our new Belmar studio space.

Link to register in Bio.


✨ Trusting The Process Workshop ✨

Looking for an opportunity to dive deeper into your creative expression? This workshop invites participants to create and co-create in community, using a combination of painting, poetry, and pottery.

Join , and as they partner on this collaborative mixed-modality experience, highlighting the importance of artistic expression within community.

Rather than teaching technique, this workshop will focus on embracing the journey of being present and following our own inner knowing. Through writing, painting, hand building and beyond, participants are encouraged to show up as their authentic selves and trust the process.



Participants attending this event can expect a guided spiritual journey that provides you with the tools to unearth what no longer unconsciously serves you and instead cultivate the answers within. This process will include a guided visualization, exploration of patterns and held beliefs that no longer serve you (or the collective), a deep meditation followed by a spiritual awakening. Participants will then have the opportunity to respond to their experience through process painting. This painting will offer a deepening of your journey and serve as a concrete reference for continued growth well after the workshop is complete. Here, creative expression will be used as a tool to capture the essence of your experience. The meaning will be found in the doing/creating rather than the end product.

Absolutely no previous creative experience is required.

Tammy will be leading the guided spiritual journey and Elissa will be leading the drawing/painting portion.

10 Participants (max) to provide for intimate connection.


Seekers of inner growth. Those looking to explore their inner landscapes, develop self-awareness and deepen their understanding of their beliefs and values.

Those seeking deeper meaning or going through transitions.

Those who find a sense of spirituality when connecting to themselves or others.

Anyone open to self discovery, mystery, possibility, natural unfolding and willingness to explore their own consciousness and beliefs.


Painters and clients described my last space as “cocoony” and “womb like,” a deep quiet that you can get to know yourself better in. Since cocoons and and womb like spaces are not created over night I’m bringing some of what was into what is through these beloved boards.

We are loving on them as much as they loved on us. 💕

Thank you for capturing 📸


✨If These Walls Could Talk ✨

They would say…

Thank you to the brave souls who faced me.

Thank you for saying yes to yourself, for committing to yourself, for showing up even when it was hard.

Thank you for allowing me to hold your fears, anxieties, vulnerabilities and celebrations.

Thank you for going on a journey with me each time you picked up the brush.

Thank you for trusting me.

Thank you for sharing aspects of yourself most people do not get the opportunity to experience.

Thank you for being your beautiful, creative, unique self.

What an honor to see you, hear you, know you and hold space alongside you.

Xo 😘


✨ Is Creative Expression in your mental health maintenance plan?

✨ When provided with a non-judgmental, comfortable and emotionally safe environment we are giving our creative spirit the signs and signals it needs to come out and play.

✨ When it comes out to play our invitation is to TRUST it.

✨ TRUST, that it knows where it needs to go and where it needs to lead you.

✨ Come explore your creativity with us!


Virtual Tuesdays 10-12pm EST

In Person Tuesdays 5-7pm

In Person Wednesdays 10-12pm

In Person Thursdays 10-12pm

All groups will take place in our new Belmar location beginning the week of 9/11.

Hope to paint with you soon! 🎨


✨ !!!! IT'S OFFICIAL !!!!!✨

It's been a two year search and we are FINALLY moving!!!

THANK YOU...to this beautiful, creative, community for helping us find our new home for the next FOUR years! YOU led us here! Thank you for your countless early morning, late night texts, emails, phone numbers, pictures of vacant spaces and word of mouth sharing that got us this connection. IT IS HAPPENING!

Come September 1st we will have ONE location with more than double the amount of space to comfortably house all the groups and workshops our hearts desire! I have SO MANY ideas! Do you???

A big thank you to my family, who were also an integral part of this search by coming with me to every single potential space before and after every pick up and drop off you can imagine. When my son said, "This is cozy" and my daughter said, "This is the one." I knew we were complete.

Stayed tuned for more pix ... the work has already begun!

Beginning September 1st our new address will be:

801B Main Street
Belmar, NJ 07719
(formerly Lily Montessori Parent and Child Center)

A few short blocks from the beach with lots of yummy stops along the way!


✨ Grateful to trust our curious process ✨

Week two of our three part Trusting the Process Mini Series .

Grateful to co create with and . Still amazed how creating in community ALWAYS hits the spot.

Photos from Wild and Free Painting's post 07/19/2023

I met Sara with years ago when our kids were tiny babes. I had dreams of using creative expression to help people uncover and reclaim their truest voice and Sara had dreams of working with horses to help support her clients in their healing journey.

Many years later...here we are! 🎨🐴

Join us on Wednesday, August 2nd from 5-7pm as we combine creative expression alongside majestic horses to heal, explore, ground and create an experience together in community.

Operation hope operates out of . The animals here are lovingly housed on this magical farm with no expectation to perform or work. They are there to live in their natural environment and encouraged to show up just as they are. They are loved on just by showing up. 💫

During this event you will learn our 3 favorite guiding principles of process painting, receive a guided farm tour from the owner and learn more about Operation Hope's services and volunteer opportunities.

Finding inspiration from the beautiful environment and horses, you will take home a canvas that is authentic and unique to you. Don’t worry, horse stencils will be provided! No art experience is necessary.

Link to sign up below and in stories. All proceeds go to supporting and the free equine therapy they provide for veterans and first responders.

Come create an experience with us! 🎨



✨Sometimes the back of our painting is just as meaningful as the front ✨

Come create with us! 🎨

Trusting The Process starts next week: 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 from 1-3pm

New dates for Fall 2023 Process Painting Groups are up!

Link to register in bio!

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801C Main Street
Belmar, NJ

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 2:30pm
Tuesday 9am - 8pm
Wednesday 9am - 2:30pm
Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday 9am - 12pm

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