About The Artist

 

My Name is Hannah Austyn Reed. I was born and raised in San Diego, California, and I've always been an artist. When I was three, my Mama plopped me on a massive sheet of butcher paper and surrounded me with cheap tempura paint. I’m fairly convinced that this is why, to this day, I fear no canvas. The bigger the better.

 

I graduated in 2012 with a degree in Visual Communications from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise in Los Angeles, California. After graduation, I became a Freelance Interior Designer where I worked designing office spaces, and selling my large abstract canvases to customers all over Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. However, by a strange series of events, my world of perfect floor plans and mood boards was about to be flipped upside down. My trip to Haiti, with the "Rosemelia Project" quickly changed the course of my life.

 

Palm trees swayed in the hot Haitian wind. The smell of heat and foreign spices filled my nose. Car horns protested, and women chattered and laughed in a musical tongue. I gathered 2 boxes of Crayola crayons and 50 coloring pages, and walked to the classroom in the orphanage. The colors were unrealistic and beautiful. I began to watch his able slender hands create, while his sad eyes watched on. Was this art? Could this simple page be made into something powerful? He set down his crayon and admired his work, but he quickly picked up the crayon again to add his signature accompanied by “to mama”. He scanned the room and met my gaze. His somber eyes lit, and he scampered to my feet as he confidently handed me this precious gift. Purple tigers, polka dot elephants and green zebras. This was truly art.

 

The Boy With Sad Eyes, Stanley

Stanley, the boy with the sad eyes, had come to call me mama. He ignited a fire in my heart, through his art. Although I may have left my heart with him, I brought back a greater gift than he or I could ever imagine. 

 

Stanley Villes gave me the desire to understand art in its purist form, and to nurture the gift of creativity though children. Within two weeks of my departure from Haiti I was setting a new trip to Austin, Texas to attend the University of Texas. I knew I needed and wanted to pursue a new desire of earning a degree in Visual Art Studies, and then ultimately becoming an Art Practitioner.

 

This is where I stand. I have been called to create, and teach others to create as well. I return to Haiti every summer to see all the sweet children, and to teach. My adventures continue on and with everyone new one I come to a new adoration and understanding of the work I create. 

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