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

Hi Hailee, how do you think about risk?
Risks are always present in any decision whether its something small like choosing dinner, or gigantic decisions; business decisions. Before you take risks you have to plan for the worst possible outcome. With any business the worst outcome is that there isn’t enough profit to survive, owners have to think about how to recuperate as much of their investment as possible.

I applied this thought process when I bought my initial equipment, if the business tanks I can sell everything to make back 50 to 80 percent of what I paid for it.

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.
I’ve always had a passion for drawing and painting ever since I was 5 years old, but I possessed an average amount of skill until I reached middle school. I improved dramatically after my parents let me take a drawing class, which inspired me to take more classes and try new mediums. By high school school I took up watercolor and acrylic painting and drew mostly pretty portraits of girls. If I wasn’t drawing women I would make wacky animal doodles, or characters from video games, movies and anime. My friends and family thought my drawings and paintings were neat so they would commission me once in a while. My proudest achievement in high school was getting a perfect score in the AP Fine Arts exam and winning 3rd place in my high school’s art contest. I thought I’d be a traditional artist after high school, selling paintings in galleries but I realized how expensive supplies were and how difficult it was to get into my local galleries.

I took a 2 year hiatus from art after high school to focus on an engineering degree in college, but a college friend convinced me to buy an iPad and iPencil. When I got it I was told how Procreate was an excellent and affordable alternative to the Adobe Photoshop Program so I downloaded it. Toying around with the program rekindled my drive to continue creating. Lately I’ve been making more fan art of anime, k-pop artists, and making more cute experimental pieces. I’ve been inspired by my fellow artist corner artists at Kira Kira collectibles, Cutish Club, and Hiding Ghost.

In my 15+ years of experience with artist some of the most important lessons I’ve learned are that you can always come back into art, and that art with alway be accessible.

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?
Tucson is surrounded by beautiful mountain scapes and hiking trails, but I think the best hiking spots are at Sabino Canyon.

My favorite local Tucson restaurant is Ceres which is more of a hole-in the-wall pasta shop. They have fresh made pasta, decadent pasta sauces, and the best house-made soft serve gelato. The owners recently opened a sit down restaurant in 1730 E Speedway called Noodies. They serve the same pasta, bread, and gelato, but they created a new menu item called Pasta Fries. Which are fresh made fries topped with your choice of sauce and the optional burrata cheese.

My favorite hangout would have to be RoundOne at the Park Place mall, it’s an arcade chain like “Peter Piper Pizza” or “Chuck E Cheese”. What makes it unique from those two chains are their Japanese claw games, arcade games, prizes and their bowling alley. They’re open from 11am – 2am and serve alcohol making a great place for adults to hang out.

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?
Most of my success came from working with Comet Collectibles and Kira Kira Collectibles both businesses are local in Tucson

Instagram: @haileeedmundson

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