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IMG_8811“Being in a pasture is the most peaceful place on earth. It doesn’t matter if it’s with a horse or with an easel, for both feel like home to me.”

I grew up on a small horse farm in North Carolina and I loved riding and showing my Quarter Horse, Goldie. I looked forward to the moment when my chores were done and I could unleash my creative side. I spent countless hours painting and drawing (mostly horses), all the while sowing the seeds of a lifelong passion for art along the way. When I was sixteen, I spent my summer at the North Carolina School of the Arts and was introduced to classical drawing and painting techniques. After high school, I left the family farm and horses to pursue my BFA in painting and drawing. While in college I worked for the art department, my main professor, and an Asian-American Art Gallery.

After college I discovered graphic design and worked in printing, publishing, e-commerce, illustration, and teaching. I eventually left the workforce to stay at home with my young two children, as I wanted to fully enjoy the years of snuggles, play dates, and make-believe. The desire to create never subsided, and spent I many hours drawing my kids. During this time I launched my line of chic and environmentally friendly greeting cards, Fresh Cut Designs, LLC, on Etsy (now: etsy.com/shop/carolinebuswell). Whenever possible, I attended life drawing, workshops, and classes to expand my artistic knowledge and abilities.

Once during a play date, a friend asked me if I had any interest in riding horses again. I was a little hesitant at first, for I thought that part of my life was over. However, I agreed to go with her and all of our kids to the barn. The smell of leather, hay, and the soft velvet of a muzzle was all it took to bring me back to my childhood. Reconnecting with horses and farms was pivotal for my growth as an artist, as I feel like I’m now creating the body of work I was always meant to. Being in a pasture is the most peaceful place on earth. It doesn’t matter if it’s with a horse or with an easel, for both feel like home to me. I find the symphony of crickets to be the perfect accompaniment for painting light falling across a barn. The beauty in everyday farm life, the friendly nature of animals, and the love and laughter of my children continue to inspire me.

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