Painting Your Passion

To Western Horseman Magazine,

I have an idea for a story in Western Horseman.

Painting Your Passion!

I am a new artist and horse owner. I oil paint my horse and take hunter-jumper lessons.

One year ago, I was a music teacher at three schools in Snohomish, Wa. I loved working with children and giving them confidence in choir. I liked serving as many kids I could and patched together a full-time job.

My personal goal was to be a horse owner, so I took horse lessons between classes or after school. 

I wanted extra money, so I painted some arcade art for a NW Pinball Convention, and discovered I really loved it. I added oil painting lessons after school, got into some galleries, and entered into adjudicated festivals. 

Eventually, I burnt my candle on both ends because I was cheating on my passion.

I eventually developed Anxiety Disorder and would have Panic Attacks in the school parking lot. I had to reinvent myself to save my life.

It took a career change to heal, but I’m okay now. Now, I paint my passion. I make money as an artist at two galleries, paint at Game of Thrones Conventions, participate in Plein Air Festivals, am hosting an Art Walk in Snohomish, and compete in the Equine Art Show year at Emerald Downs. I bought a horse, take lessons where she’s boarded, and will attempt to teach painting right there in the Gate’s Equestrian isle-way this month.

My artist name is, Artistry for the Brave. It takes bravery to improve yourself and live your dream.


Thank you,

Hilma Josal