About us

Ron and Dawn Crichton are a husband-wife team who have always had an interest in the Arts.  SmARTee Paints evolved after their daughter Jamie attended an art class in Ohio where she painted a 16 x 20 canvas in two hours.  She loved the program so much she suggested the idea to her mom, since she knew she also enjoyed painting.   Hence, SmARTee Paints was born in 2012!  Ron and Dawn are both involved in the business--Dawn paints the paintings (frequently from photographs she or Ron have taken) and instructs the classes. Ron sets up the parties, takes photos of the painters and manages the music.  

Besides owning SmARTee Paints, Ron and Dawn are also professional photographers and own Crichton Creations, a photography company in Fenton, Michigan.  Prior to pursuing her artistic endeavors, Dawn's main career was in banking, where she worked for over 30 years.  She has taken numerous painting classes in water color and acrylic and has been drawing and painting most of her life.  She also designed and taught several training sessions and workshops during her prior career.  Ron retired from Oakland County in 2013 after 40 years.  He is very creative photographer and loves almost any kind of music.  During his high school, college and Navy days, he was a DJ.

Ron and Dawn have four wonderful children--Kim, Jamie (Mike), Ron and Tammy, and two amazing grandchildren, Lexie and Tim!