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Life & Work with Shawna Hatton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shawna Hatton.

Hi Shawna, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I have been an artist all my life and an educator for over 20 years. I received a BFA in art, and have had a variety of art-related work experiences, spanning the range from graphic design, to multimedia programming, to photography, to fine arts. I have freelanced and taught art for years and dreamed of expanding my business, but it wasn’t until after covid hit that I took the leap of faith needed to follow my dreams.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There have been many lessons learned, but the way things came together it felt like it was truly meant to be. Honestly, the biggest struggle has been my own mindset, and not trusting my intuition and experience. I am constantly learning and growing though!

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a mixed media artist. My photography is abstract and impressionistic, while my painting is expressionistic, and somewhat abstract, yet representational as well. I am greatly influenced by the artists of the early 20th century. My work is intended to evoke an emotional response through color, line, and texture.

I have a passion and love for art and history, and I enjoy sharing that with students. I am most proud of being able to take my work experiences and God-given abilities to inspire others to create. I believe it is in our DNA to create, and that it is a healthy thing to do! It is needed now more than ever.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but no matter how dark things seem, we need to keep looking up, keep chasing light (focus on the positive). When my regular teaching jobs closed down with covid, I saw a need for small classes and thought, could I do this at least for a year? If I don’t do it now, will I regret it? The answer was yes. Through stepping out in faith, I have met so many wonderful people and had incredible experiences, for which I am grateful.

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  • Instagram: Chasinglightartstudiogallery
  • Facebook: Chasinglightartstudioandgallery

Image Credits

Kelly Ann Photography

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