meet our staff

Anjale PerraultAnjalé Perrault, President and Owner

Anjalé Perrault is the owner and President of Canvas & Clay. A painter, writer, and mother of two young boys, Anjale is honored by the hundreds of students that pass through the studio doors each week. Having opened the studio in 2004 as “KidsArt”, Anjalé changed the name of the business in 2013 to reflect the addition of a clay studio and the upswing of her adult clientele. Her hope is that every student who walks through the studio doors will feel the same inspiration, passion and confidence that she does every time she picks up a paint brush or ball of clay.

Anjalé holds two degrees with honors from UCLA, and has painted commissions, illustrated children’s books, and taught professionally for 17 years. You can find her work at

TorreyTorrey Smith, Teacher

Torrey was born and raised in Palos Verdes and currently lives here in Redondo Beach.  She has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember.  Her early interest in art was first inspired by working with her grandfather who was an exceptional painter.  Torrey earned her BFA from California State University Long Beach with a double major in Drawing & Painting, and Illustration.  Torrey loves working with all of the wonderful students at Canvas & Clay, and finds it incredibly rewarding to teach and share with them the fundamentals and basics that are necessary to draw and paint realistically.

Monique Hansen, Teacher

Monique Hansen is a South Bay local who loves all dimensions of art. She attended Harbor Community college, El Camino Community College and California State University at Long Beach. Monique teaches wet clay classes here at Canvas & Clay were she encourages her students to take 2 dimensional art into the 3 dimensions. In addition to teaching art Monique teaches at Ride to Fly a therapeutic horseback riding organization in Palos Verdes.

Lauren Freeman, TeacherLauren

Lauren graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in sculpture from California State University of Long Beach. Although her collegiate emphasis was on sculpture, she is equally as passionate about painting and illustration. Her admiration for abstract contemporary art has led her to explore the use of color, distortion and video art in her own work. Her belief is that the consistent and continued process of making art is the fastest path toward becoming a better artist. Lauren hopes to someday work in television developing educational shows for children. She is passionate about helping those children that love art as much as she did growing up, and is thrilled to be able to support them throughout their process!

Jerry Pena, Teacher

Jerry grew up in the city of Paramount California and graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor’s in Studio Art with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Psychology. He now works out of Los Angeles and plans to continue higher education to earn a Masters degree in the arts. His work concentrates mostly in the exploration of oil paintings and drawings mixed with nontraditional mediums, as well as installations and printmaking.

EvelynEvelyn Garcia, Manager

Evelyn came to Canvas & Clay with a background in school administration with LAUSD. A lover of family, baseball, and organization, Evelyn has found the studios to be the prefect place to set roots and utilize her talents. Whether you are calling to schedule a free introductory class, schedule a make-up, or ask for a studio tour, Evelyn’s bright personality and exceptional customer service will make you feel taken care of to the core. Come in and meet her in person today!