Artist hopes work inspires others

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Photos by Jennifer Fulgham Singer Michael Morse performs at the opening of Kerian Babbitt-Massey’s art show at the Ben Creative Art Center in Ben Wheeler last week.

Kerian Babbitt-Massey’s career began when she was a teen on the beach of San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

“I was on the last few days of a trip and being a typical teenager, had already depleted my funds,” Babbitt-Massey said. “Sitting on the beach and sketching, I was approached by someone and they asked me to make them a sign. I made $40 that day.  That money not only made my life a bit better for the remaining two days but it also showed me that I could do what I love and make a living at it.”

Babbitt-Massey returned from her trip, graduated college at 21 with an advertising art degree, “picked up a paintbrush at 25 and have been creating ever since,” she said.

“Being an artist is like projecting your thoughts and visions onto a canvas where everyone can see,” Babbitt-Massey said. “It’s one of the purest forms of being an extrovert, even if you are secretly introverted or you are too afraid to tell your story any other way. “ 

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