Meet Our Staff
Meet Jen Balletto, the owner of Create It! She aims to make sure her customers feel welcome and have a fun experience in her studio.
She puts all of her heart into creating a warm, friendly environment for kids of all ages to feel safe to develop artistic skills. Ironically, Jen only has half a heart as she was born with a Congenital Heart Condition. Growing up with less oxygen and energy then other children, Jen found arts and crafts to be something she could succeed in without competition or putting her health at risk.
Through three open-heart surgeries, art became a positive focus to put her energy into healing. Jen learned at a young age not everyone in school has to be an athlete to be accepted. We are all born with our unique talents which makes us special.
Jen hopes all those children out there who feel they are not an athlete, can be a super hero being an artist!
The last five years I have been creating a community group that involves dressing as inspirational characters who spread Hope, Love and Magic through our community. When not spreading magic or creating magic through my costuming work, I also work with adults with disabilities to help immerse them in our community through the power of art.
Next to helping others and creating art I absolutely love to inspire and motivate our next generation through determination and a bright smile.
When I’m not creating amazing food or painting samples, I’m working on my own art. My creativity is in constant motion.
For me nature is a wonderful healer and I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, cycling and definitely walking on the beach. The rhythm of the waves calms me and opens the door to creative ideas and inspiration which helps me to find the much needed balance in my life.
Create it is definitely a place where one can find creativity, inspiration, camaraderie and just plain FUN, which is always on my daily checklist for a healthier life!
I’m pretty new to California and so far, I love it! Now I’m studying art and my goal is to work in concept art and storyboarding for animation.
In my free time I love to paint, and dabble in lots of arts and crafts, including pottery! I love working in a creative environment where I get to see the amazing things people create. I also love to travel. I can’t wait to explore the west coast now that I’m here!
Meet Zoe, our shop dog. Often times you’ll find Zoe in one of our soft blue chairs in the front of our studio.
Turning 16 years old this November, Zoe is just one year younger than the 17 years, owner Jen has owned the studio. One could say Zoe has been ‘working’ at the studio her whole life as our fuzzy greeter!