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Grateful for my calling
Posted Oct 25, 2013


I am honored to have my art in Somerset Magazine. The pictures are beautiful! The best thing about the article is that I get to share with a lot of readers what my motivation and mission is with each piece of art. I am grateful for the opportunity to create, inspire and encourage.

I have the opportunity everyday with each piece of art that someone sees, to speak truth or hope into their life.  I feel that to encourage is my calling. I knew that that was my desire for a long time, but it took a few years to weed through some of my own “stuff” to get to a place that I could do that.

Being vulnerable enough to put my art out there and to speak into lives is scary, the alternative of not taking the risk is even worse. 

Life is never a straight path, our journey has many twist, turns and uphills, but when you find your passion, that thing that excites you and has you dreaming about new ideas in the middle of the night…. it makes all the struggles and trials have meaning.

I spent a lot of years dabbling at being an artist, and sometimes that’s what we have to do, to pay the bills, raise kids or deal with health issues. But I never gave up on that dream, it would call to me and remind me that that was what my hearts desire was.

Have you found your calling, your dream? Is there something that people tell you that your good at?  It could be sooo many things like, organizing, accounting, singing, research, administrative or flower arranging.  You might have to try on a few things before you know what it is, but once you find it you will know.  It makes you a little giddy and your heart beat  race, but whatever the feeling, you will know!

All this to say I’m grateful.  I am grateful that I get to paint everyday. I am grateful that I get to be a part of your life and you part of mine. I am grateful that I can encourage and inspire. I am just grateful.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this journey with me.

Big Smile=Shawn


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Posted Oct 25, 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. carrie jile

    I read your post in the Somerset Magazine. The mended heart pic really speaks to me, even now. I have been through some dark times and fighting depression right now. Your personal sharing has inspired me to start my art journal again–I neglected it for about six months!

    I can identify with your story–time will heal a broken heart. I wish you will keep writing in your blog and sharing your heART. I will follow your blog…
    hugs, carrie xoxo

    • Shawn

      Oh man you have no idea how good that makes me feel!…. Connecting and inspiring women. Keep going, keep writing, seek help for your depression if it’s bad enough, and take care of you! You will get thru this! Giving yourself time to heal is so important. I will say prayers and put out good vibes for you! The beautiful light will come…
      I wish I could wrap my arms around you and give you a big hug!
      Luv u… Shawn

      • carrie jile

        I could do with a big bear hug. Thanks, and all the best to you. Cheers!


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