We had the good fortune of connecting with Evelyn Henson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evelyn, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
I find happiness by being grateful for the people, places, and things that fill my everyday– family, friends, sunshine, long walks, and the coffee shop across the street. The joy I get through gratitude greatly informs my art.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I design art and gifts meant to bring more sunshine to homes. My designs, seen on mugs, stationery, puzzles, and other home items, typically feature colorful, whimsical illustrations of flowers, dogs, ice cream and other fun everyday things. I started my business with a small Etsy shop where I sold a small selection of watercolor prints. Starting to sell art can be overwhelming in the beginning because you have to figure out your style, your audience, and a price point. The hardest lesson for me to learn was to not to undervalue my work. Most of those lessons I learned over time through experience and hard work. Since the beginning, though, I have sought to create stylish art that colorfully celebrates the everyday. I look at places and things, but most of my paintings begin when I think about others and what I can paint to brighten their day. The personalized pet mug started as a joke for my sisters and I painted the confetti hearts mural with the intention of making pedestrians happier. Whether I’m painting a 40 ft wall or a greeting card, I’m always thinking about others and how I can create art that fills them with sunshine.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Charlotte has so many cool places and neighborhoods to check out! -On Monday, I would go to Uptown to explore local museums like the Bechtler and Mint Museum. 7th Street Market is a great place to get lunch or coffee before. For dinner, grab a drink at a rooftop bar like City Lights Rooftop and dinner at 5church. – For Tuesday, I would want to explore the Plaza Midwood neighborhood. The Bohemian Wine Bar is a great place for happy hour and Soul Gastrolounge is an amazing tapas restaurant to get dinner at. -On Wednesday, I’d take my friend to Camp Northend to explore the art studios and different food vendors. -Thursday would be a good day to spend at the White Water Center. There are tons of activities there including yoga and live music on Thursday nights. -Friday would be a fun day to explore the NoDa neighborhood. I’d start with brunch at Haberdash and walk around the different shops in the afternoon. For an afternoon treat, my mural the #confettistripeswall is right by Jeni’s ice creams and Wooden Robot brewery depending on what you’re in the mood for. I’d end the day at the nearby Optimist Hall, which has tons of different local food stalls to try. -For Saturday, I would explore Southend. Start at my mural the #confettiheartswall and grab coffee at the nearby Not Just Coffee. There are usually local vendors outside that you can shop from. Sunflour Baking Company, Flowerchild, and Eight & Sand are all great sandwich spots for lunch. From there, you can scooter or walk down rail trail to see more public art and spend the afternoon exploring. For dinner, check out Barcelona Wine Bar for spanish tapas. -Spend Sunday with a hike at nearby Crowder’s Mountain. 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?
My parents have always been very supportive of my interest in art. Both of them encouraged me to pursue art as a career when I began painting and their support inspired me to pursue this passion.
Laura Sumrak and Aneris Photography (depending on the photos)