Chalk Artists

Jolene Russell

Jolene became interested in art at a very young age, a passion bolstered by her early Waldorf education. She continued to follow her interest in art through high school, becoming president of the Art Club and an annual artist at the Marin Street Painting Festival, one of the largest festivals in California. In 2008, she received a BA in Fine Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Last year, Jolene’s 3D work in Germany won her first place at the Wilhelmshaven Street Art festival. Every year she participates in numerous street painting festivals across the United States and Europe, and she is excited to bring her work to Tallahassee. Jolene currently lives in Sacramento, California and works as a freelance artist.



Jeff Pilkinton

Fort Wayne Indiana native, Jeff Pilkinton is a local artist and street painter. Jeff specializes in chalk art and mural work. Before the pandemic he traveled the country doing chalk/ street painting festivals. Jeff’s artistic style shows a lot of energy in his work with very saturated colors and “sketchiness”. 

Samantha Wanner

Samantha Wanner is a self-taught artist based in Central Wisconsin, practicing primarily in the mediums of chalk and paint. Samantha found a passion for chalk art at the young age of three years old and she has been participating in chalk events since the age of eight. Samantha specializes in brightly colored, animation inspired chalk drawings. She attends multiple chalk events every year throughout the United States. Check out her art at and on Instagram and TikTok – @meluhme.