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Posted Jul 10, 2013

I made this piece for a friend who is in transition and I wrote this note on the back of the piece.  There is alot of meaning behind this piece so I thought I would share it with you. I also thought that the note could be for all of us… for me, for you….

IMG_20130710_133025(I just realized I misspelled your, sigh)

I believe we’re all becoming….. becoming, strong, vulnerable, funny, confident, energized, peaceful….whatever it might be for you. We never stop growing and changing. I know that at every stage of my life so far, whether it be great joy or gut wrenching pain, I have learned new things about myself and I am stronger for it. 

My hope for you is that you are becoming… that you are listening to your heart, that you are growing, and you will be grateful for where you are right now! And that you have someone who will walk with you, tell you that they love you and that they are proud of you!  I know I am 🙂


Here is what the parts of this piece mean:

1.The leaves and greenery, are for growing, 2. the dictionary and book pages are for wisdom and learning 3. The heart is for listening to our heart, filtering the world thru our heart, and loving ourselves. 4. The butterfly, metamorphasis, flying, soaring in our confidence. 5. The swirls in the corners represent life, life is never a straight line, it’s curvy, twisty and very tricky.

Here’s to learning new things,

Love, Me

Ps… the print and downloadable image is available here.

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Posted Jul 10, 2013
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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!


  1. Michelle Becker

    To know that I am walking this journey with you, the strongest and most beautiful person I know inside and out, makes me know I can do this. You are my best friend and I truly appreciate all that you do for me and I encourage you to keep doing what your doing to get your message out that women can be empowered and make positive changes, no matter how tough, to make themselves better. Luv you!!

    • Shawn

      You made me cry… I know shocker! Luv you, luv you, luv you!


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