About Us



About Us

ASPIRE Studio is a BYOB art studio and is the first endeavor into independent business ownership for its’ owner Alicia Khamis.  After nearly 20 years in the corporate environment, Alicia is looking to branch out and become a successful small business owner.

The business is built around wanting to ASPIRE to be the best we can be for ourselves and for our family and friends.  Our core values are centered around this need to ASPIRE:
Art Awareness
Social Impact

When not working (full-time as a Packaging Engineer and part-time as ASPIRE Studio Owner/Manager), Alicia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching her son’s many sports activities, and rooting for the NY Yankees!  ASPIRE Studio is a family-run business, so don’t be surprised to see her husband Hafidh or her son Malik stop-in and stay for a class!

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Barbara Hemphill

Barbara grew up in North Jersey and has been passionate about art making since she can remember. She earned her BA in Fine Arts from Montclair State University and is also is a graduate of New York Academy of Art. Barbara has a special love for animals and her freelance specialty is in both animal and people portraiture She takes special pleasure in introducing new painters to the joys of Art and in helping them tap into their own undiscovered talents.


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Rachel Morrison

Rachel Morrison is a tradition artist and illustrator with a BFA from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. Rachel gathers much of her inspiration from nature and the world around her and she uses personality, humor and imagination to bring her art to life. During her time in college and in the years after, Rachel has participated in several Art exhibitions and has pieces in permanent collections in Williamsport, Medellín (Colombia)and Trenton. Rachel’s goal is to always make people smile and creating art that she can share with others is her favorite way to do so.


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Arlenis Perez

Leni gained most of her experience through Advertising Art courses at Passaic County Technical Institute.  At a young age, she received most of her inspiration from nature and museums.  She uses art as a therapeutic craft.  Painting is a lifelong passion that must be exercised; it keeps her centered as a human being.


Cristina Havens

Bio and picture coming soon.