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Posted Nov 7, 2012
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It it soo important to surround myself with positive, creative, caring people.  I really believe that I can become drenched with positive attitudes or negativity, and that each are contagious.  I know that when I have had friends share with me their passions and dreams and are stretching themselves to achieve those dreams… it inspires me!  Not fake posturing, but honest striving for the goal and those taking risks, falling down and getting back up.  It is soo sweet a place when baby victories happen… I have so many of those people in my life that inspire me everyday..for whom I am so grateful for…!…..I wrote about one such person some days ago.. and that I was creating a piece of art for her… I received a text from her last night that she sent to a few of her friends…… Her text is as follows:……..“Wow, I’m trying to see my world with grace and what an amazing place it is.  I would have never guessed that I would be here, now with such a beautiful family.  How did this happen?  How could this be?  Me having so many blessings and feeling so free?.. From such a dark past with so much pain… To this beautiful life with endless love and hope.  I have never felt so close to my dreams of who I want to be.  There’s still work to be done as always with life but I truly believe I’ll get there in time.  Thank you to all of my wonderful friends who have inspired me and encouraged.  This journey will ever be surprising and endless and SO fulfilling. “….. I love it! and that’s what I woke up to this morning! I want to be in that light as often as I can… and my friends story is not without struggle each and everyday, but her attitude makes all the difference and it will take her to wherever she wants to go! Thank you my friend for your vulnerability, honesty, and sharing your journey..I hope I get to share more of your story in the future..and I love you… like I told you today..no one does it alone… we will be contagious… to inspire many together!.  This piece of art is for you… Big Smile = Shawn

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Posted Nov 7, 2012
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Hello there! I’m Shawn Petite

I’ve been teaching and creating for well over 25 years. About 15 years ago I found my art soul mate in mixed media, and it changed my life! I love the story that can be told by combining paint, texture, ink, paper and—really anything that you can imagine.

But what I’m truly passionate about is being your guide, walking with you step by step and helping you become your own hero in your creative journey.

Along my path, I’ve learned that the creating art also creates a healing space. Life can be messy and complicated and painful, but something about a paint brush can help heal your soul. I believe—no, I know—you are worthy of love, and I want to teach you to know that about yourself. Join me on this journey of art and inspiration!

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