I have been drawing on the corners of pieces of paper since I can remember. I always created doodles and drew random things on every test or homework assignment I would get- my teachers just knew to expect it. I had the same art teacher for the last 3 years of high school (I took Photography the first year) and she knew how to let me have my freedom in art. While every other kid had to draw off of a prompt I was allowed free range with all the different art supplies and always made it out with 100%. I really appreciated that from my art teacher, since growing up I never liked art classes because the teachers were always putting rules on what I could do, and tried to change what I was making constantly. It wasn’t until my years in high school that I knew all I wanted to do was art, whatever that meant. I knew I wouldn’t be able to live a normal life where I pick a random job and just work for money, I wanted to do something I felt like I was born to do. I started to draw on my friends shoes for money then out of the blue other kids from my school would find me and want to buy a pair too. It made me feel really good about myself for a little bit, but it did get a little stressful at times, since it was just me and so many people wanted shoes. I also knew that on Halloween I could go around and people would pay me to do their makeup, not that I was looking for money for me, just something small to buy more supplies when I was out. In fact I would paint something new everyday in art and give it away to someone at the end of the day who asked for it; my family would get upset that I didn’t charge them anything, but I never cared. Just the thought that someone wanted my art to be hung up in their room was a cool enough idea for me.
Out of high school I worked in retail and didn’t get a chance to work on my art as much as I wanted to, I would rather rest and catch up with friends on my days off rather than work on any art. Then after a few years of working in retail I was given an opportunity to make my own online store and sell my stuff to people around the world. It is awesome being able to make something new then get it shipped to me and see how everything turns out. It still gives me a warm feeling inside when I see someone wearing my merch or giving the things I make compliments. I am happy that I get to this and I hope I get to do it for the rest of my life so that one day I can help other artists achieve their dreams.I’m thankful for the people who have encouraged me to keep working on my art and the people who support me through everything. I love this as my job and love going to art shows to see how people like my stuff, I also enjoy seeing what other people can create because art brings people closer together. Thanks for reading just a little bit about me and all these photos are featured on my art Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/hannahleftwrightart/ and also be sure to check out my website where we try to add new items as much as possible! https://hannahleftwrightart.com