We had the good fortune of connecting with Shasta and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shasta, what’s your definition for success?
I define success by happiness. I will be happiest when I can live exclusively off of my art. When that day happens, I will consider myself successful.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
People will ask me what my art means, what I’m trying to say, or why I’m attracted to the subject matter I choose, but that’s not why I create. I was an incredibly unhappy person for a very long time and it was only through art making that I found a way to clear the dark fog I was living in. Every painting I make, every drawing, plays a part in keeping me sane and happy. Art school knocked me down on numerous occasions, eventually showing me that my work is niche, yet still accessible. The gallery world never appealed to me. Dark art enthusiasts with real-life budgets are my audience. My art is detailed, mildly realistic, and always in a muted or monochrome palette. I’m still learning about my place in the art world. I struggle every day with something different, but the journey is never over and I embrace every opportunity to improve on my art and my business.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Before the pandemic, my best friend and I would frequent thrift stores and markets. In the evening, we have to go out to eat. Cornish Pasty is a favorite for both mood and food, and then a nice game of pool. Yucca Tap Room is a go-to for pool and a show. PAM is always a fun way to pass a few hours. It’s easy for me to stay there longer than others would like, especially in the firefly room, so I typically let my company lead the way. Depending on the time of year, swimming is usually a good idea.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Every single person who has been there for me in one way or another along the way deserves recognition. First off, my family deserves the most credit for supporting and encouraging me all my life. They don’t understand me entirely, but they don’t have to. I might be the “black sheep”, but they back me none-the-less. I have to thank my friends for believing in me, buying my art when it was complete trash, and continuing to support me. I want to thank every person I got to know in Hollywood. I never felt more accepted than I did there. To the incredible group of women artists I had the privilege of living with, to my favorite spooky work bestie, to my tattoo shop mentors.. I want to thank them all for encouraging me to be my whole self and saving me when I was at my lowest. Everyone today, and in the future, who pushes me to keep growing and moving forward, I appreciate you with every fiber of my body.

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Melissa Winningham

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