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Meet Chavalouie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chavalouie.

Chavalouie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was growing up, my brother was a tattoo artist, and his sketches and creations captivated me. Watching him create these drawings that told a story compelled me to start drawing at a young age. I took my sketchbook everywhere for years until my mom gave me a painting set for Christmas when I was 13. That was when I first picked up a paintbrush, and I immediately discovered painting was my favorite form of artistic expression.

Coming from a humble household meant after high school I had to join the workforce to help support my family. I continued to pursue art while working and keep creating as much as I could. Years of hard work has allowed me to dedicate myself full time to my art business which now includes painting, various crafts, wood burning, and furniture restoration. I am fortunate enough to participate in art shows and festivals throughout Texas, sharing my art with great people along the way.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Lack of support from my family, despite making money with art, they did not see it as a serious profession. So there were some clashes, but they eventually came around.

Not being able to afford art supplies, and barely being able to get into art shows on my day job’s salary was tough. I struggled to find a painting style that I could embrace. I eventually discovered I enjoyed creating new worlds that are fanciful and surreal.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am the owner/artist. I have a small studio setup at home that I work all day. I do more than painting and try to include everything that can fit under my artistic umbrella.

Whether that means creating centerpieces for a wedding, or a painting mural on a wall if inquired, I will find a way to create it. I often accept requests for various crafts, and I enjoy the challenge of seeing how those pieces will turn out.

I’m probably mostly known for my use of metallic paint in my landscape paintings. I’m proud of the fact that this business is something I created on my own and that it has flourished into various avenues.

My paintings, which are mostly landscapes, are places that do not exist anywhere except my imagination bring an element of shimmering surrealism to pieces I create. All art products are made directly by me, and I want people to enjoy quality piece they’d be proud to have in their home for a reasonable price.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I just hope to continue expanding in all areas, and I’m looking forward to the day I can open an art shop and help other artists. I would like to teach a few beginners classes as well.

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