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photos & art – Caitlyn Hart

Art with Hart

A creative approach to supporting front-line workers.

Caitlyn Hart has been creating art through different mediums for as long as she can remember. Mostly sketching when she was younger, she began painting and exploring digital art more recently. 

At the beginning of 2020, she decided to share her art on social media to garner some interest, and lucky for Cait, there was interest to be had. 

The inspiration for painting clipboards came from her friends who are nurses. 

“They asked that I paint them each a clipboard for work. I had just started changing up my canvases, to paint on glass, reusable plastic cups, and mugs, and a plastic clipboard would be just the same.”

She was filled with excitement to provide her talents to help brighten her friend’s workplace. Upon receiving her first official clipboard commission, Cait knew she would have the opportunity to support nurses amidst a pandemic while turning her passion into a business. 

“I knew exactly what I wanted to do for each of them. I was glad to do the work given the current state of the world. I know work for them as nurses, right now, is more stressful than ever so I was more than happy to be able to provide something to brighten up their daily work ensemble. If this is all I could do as a thank you, then it just seemed like a no-brainer. Nurses and everyone on the front line deserves the proper acknowledgement and thanks for the incredibly hard work they’re doing and the sacrifices a lot of them have had to make.”

Things have been more active then Cait had expected, only posting her art since the beginning of the year. Caitlyn finds time to fulfill her commissions when she can, still working full time. But with the majority of the world in lockdown she recognizes and is grateful that she’s had more time to create. 

Caitlyn adds that the key to making a profit as an artist has been practicing patience and being grateful for the commissions and opportunities that come her way. 

“Breakthroughs as in lessons learned so far, are that things won’t come all at once, but the smaller things here and there are important too. Baby steps for a baby business.” 

She adds that gratitude had a great impact on her art. And that having experienced the steps to getting to where she is now, paired  with the support by her friends and family fills her with tremendous appreciation and happiness.

“I feel like gratitude goes both ways in art. It’s one of the most important aspects of the work. It’s a never-ending cycle of gratitude. The artist is thankful for the support and the supporters are thankful for the art.”

Artist Caitlyn Hart offers a creative way to help brighten up and support front-line worker’s everyday clipboards during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Arts & Culture | Vol.7

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