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You are not alone!
Posted Jul 18, 2013



I was writing an introduction and bio for an article that will be published in Somerset Studios in Nov….They are featuring my mended and courage pieces… but I thought that I would share what I wrote, just as a reminder to everyone that you are not alone…. and why I do what I do…..

“I have been passionate about art for as long as I can remember, always creating, painting, or starting some new entrepreneurial creative adventure, but several years ago my life changed and I found myself in transition struggling with bouts of depression and painting very little, if at all.  I knew that I would eventually come out of the dark, I also believed that everything happens for a reason, so I hung on, and asked for help.  Fast forward to today, I was cleaning, and came across an old journal and on the very first page there one statement, “ Does a heart ever heal, will it ever mend”. Wow, I could instantly feel the pain in those words, but I realized that my heart HAD mended and my life was so beautiful and full of light!  That was the inspiration for these two pieces.  I am so grateful for those hard days, they gave me my mission; to have each piece of art that I create be an encouragement and remind each of us that we are not alone on our, crazy, beautiful, imperfect, painful, brave journey of life.


You are not alone! Big Hugs=Shawn

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Posted Jul 18, 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!


    • Shawn

      this was a test of the updated system


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