Shawna El­liot

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - — Laurie Mar­shall

Where I live: On the west side of Fayetteville in the Bridge­port neigh­bor­hood

Oc­cu­pa­tion: artist, cre­ativ­ity coach and art in­struc­tor

My fa­vorite space is: my art stu­dio

Why? My stu­dio has ev­ery­thing I need to be cre­ative. It’s my re­treat from the crazi­ness of the daily grind. Just walk­ing into the room and see­ing all my paints and sup­plies makes any day bet­ter.

I ap­pre­ci­ate that my stu­dio is at home be­cause it gives me the free­dom to paint at all hours. I paint jumbo sized — many of my pieces are 6 to 8 feet. When I’m work­ing on a large fluid acrylic ab­stract, I work on the floor be­cause the can­vas needs to lie flat. Since each piece has many lay­ers of paint, it’s great to have a des­ig­nated stu­dio space that al­lows me to close the door. I’ve had my cat walk across a few “wet” pieces.

Be­sides be­ing a space to ac­tu­ally get work done, my stu­dio is a place to re­lax, re- en­er­gize and re­group. Hav­ing the free­dom to play, ex­press my cre­ativ­ity and make a mess with­out the obli­ga­tion to clean it up is an amaz­ing gift. It’s some­thing I never take for granted.

If I could make one change to im­prove this space, I would: Make it large enough to host art and cre­ativ­ity work­shops. Hav­ing a space where I can share cre­ativ­ity with oth­ers is one of my ma­jor goals.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK

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