12/09/13 – Class of 2000 Dreyfoos Alumnus Uses His Art to Reflect the True Essence of Every Moment

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (December 9, 2013) –  Adding to the artistic mix in the Clematis District of Downtown West Palm Beach, Dreyfoos School of Arts graduate, Joshua Isla will officially open Portrait Therapy Studios on Dec. 14. The new business will include a gallery that showcases his original artwork, as well as a studio for him to teach individual and group lessons, provide preparatory School of the Arts tutoring and hold portrait therapy sessions.


During his tenure from 1996-2000 at Dreyfoos, it confirmed his development and calling to inspire, impact and heal through his art. Isla strives to capture that indescribable essence that makes each person unique and provide solace to those who are in mourning. He does this by working with local rehab facilities and women’s shelters to meet with individuals and help capture their true beauty that they may no longer see in themselves. By holding these sessions it allows individuals to see how others see them and bring them back to a time where they were at peace. In addition, he channels all that he has learned through his studies and years as a professional artist and teaches both young students who strive to be at a professional level as well as those looking for a new hobby.


Portrait Therapy Studios will host a grand opening exhibition on Saturday, Dec. 14 starting at 6 p.m. featuring his gallery themed “Capturing Your Essence.” The event will be held at both the new studio located at109 S. Olive Avenue, as well as at One XI Salon located on the first floor of the building. The evening will include live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres provided by Grand Lux Café and a raffle for an original signature painting by Isla himself.


Isla will begin accepting appointments starting Dec. 16 for services and events that include: live portrait settings, pet portraits, oil and acrylic commissioned paintings, murals, one on one painting and drawing lessons, group painting events and preparatory School of the Arts tutoring. For more information on Portrait Therapy Studio and its grand opening, call (561) 635-6943 or visit its website or Facebook page.


For more information about Downtown West Palm Beach and the Evernia Garage mural, please contact the DDA at (561) 833-8873 or visit westpalmbeachdda.com.


About the Downtown Development Authority
The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities.