Artist Interview: Shaylen Broughton

Posted by Carson Smith - April 15 2020

Shaylen Broughton brings a sense of spirituality to her abstract painting.Her artist grandmother taught Broughton how to paint in the traditional style. She used those skills to become a successful pet portrait artist and landscape painter. One day while visiting Venice, Italy she got an idea. “I was painting the landscape scenes and I thought it would be cool to have water from the canal in the painting,” she says. “To physically carry the energy in the water from that location.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Where The Light Comes In, Fluid Acrylic, 48x48, $3000
                                                                                                                               She started painting abstracts as a form of meditation. She says, “It felt good to let go of painting the thing in   front of me and just paint what I feel.” Though she has   fun painting abstracts, she was afraid of posting them.   She thought that people would stop taking her seriously   as an artist. She put them on her social media anyway   and they were a big hit!                                                                                                                                                                                                       
In 2015 Broughton began experimenting with different paints and discovered away to create the water-like paintings she is showing now in her online gallery space on the CAC website. She still uses water from natural sources like the James River and the ocean as part of the magic that makes her paintings interesting
                                                                                                                                  “I love this process because if forces me to really let go and allow the mediums to do their thing,” she says.