ParrishArt

Original paintings and drawings from Shaunda Parrish.

Douglas, Wyoming · 0 Sales

ParrishArt

Original paintings and drawings from Shaunda Parrish.

Douglas, Wyoming 0 Sales On Etsy since 2017

Announcement   Thank you for looking at my new shop.
I am working on a big project and will not be taking commissions until August.

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 22, 2017

Thank you for looking at my new shop.
I am working on a big project and will not be taking commissions until August.

Shaunda Parrish

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Shaunda Parrish

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My story of survival

My name is Shaunda and I am the owner of ParrishArt.

My story is hard to put down in words, because it has not been easy. I could have easily abandoned my creativity when I was 10, when my dad committed suicide.
My brother and a sister were as shocked as I was. I am the eldest so I became a caretaker of sorts for 5 years when my mom surrendered herself to her depression, and drank.
I saw her struggle to stop, and her sadness consume her yet again. I remember going through D.A.R.E. (a Drug and Alcohol education class) and coming home to ask mom to quit poisoning herself.
It could have been so easy to stop creating, stop caring.
Even when my mom became sober, and brought a stable guy into our house, there was a rift in my soul.
I filled it with things that would make any parent of a sixteen year old girl shudder.
My creativity was tainted with dark images. Skulls and death were common themes.
Everyone I surrounded myself was in the dark, and we lost a friend to suicide.
I only attended the classes that were vital, like art, but ditched the rest often.

Who knows where I would be if I didn't make the decision to join the military. Almost 18, and I was in Basic Training. I drew many doodles from that point, but it wasn't till after my 10 year military career, that I found the time to become a full time artist.

Now, my studio is my comfort zone, and I teach painting with acrylics at the local college as a non-credited class. My husband is the reason I can help others with their creative nights. Without him watching our son, I would not be able to teach.

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