Meet Ricky Bella , Art Therapist & Founder

How it all began.......

After earning a Master's degree in Art Therapy at the School of Visual Arts in NYC over a decade ago and working with various populations, settings & age groups - I became passionate about introducing everybody to the amazing therapeutic benefits of making art.

My personal experience yearning for ....& sometimes even leaning on the creative process over the years - for both myself & my own children, reinforced & eventually cemented my drive. I created AT Kits because I want EVERYONE to have access to affordable & meaningful art experiences that can be used privately to inspire & awaken creativity.

My promise to you is that each & every AT Kit has a meaningful, thought out directive always designed by a trained Art Therapist with one goal in help you CREATE YOUR SELF.

Day to day:

I spend lots of my time experimenting / playing with art supplies & directives so I can continue to develop & expand the CREATE YOUR SELF line of art experiences for all. Aside from that....I LOVE playing basketball, HATE cheese, NEVER had a cavity in my life & growing up everyone called me 'Ricky Bella Bell from Belle Harbor' - even though my real name is Erica! Now I pretty much go by Rik, Ricky, The Rikster & Mom. 

I live in New Jersey with my husband & 3 amazing sons. We enjoy painting 'SELFIES', going on vacation, spending time laughing with family & friends & exploring new terrain while hiking with our exceptionally smart & mischievous Chocolate Lab Rae....aka: Rae Ray, Cray Rae, Crayola & sometimes Rosea girl : )

Read Ricky's personal 'CREATE YOUR SELF' story featured on Blue Barn Kitchen