New Addition to Artlife Original July 10 2017


Well has been awhile since we've posted anything here at Artlife! Which makes this post even more fun, because we get to announce the addition of a new Studio Manager to the Artlife family.

Starting in June 2017, Stephanie Willoughby joined the Artlife Team as the Studio Manager and also as manger for most things art-related for Andrei Hedstrom. She is a Southern Illinois transplant that landed in Humboldt County a little over a year ago. Through friendships and connections with Andrei, Sonny Wong and Shawn Griggs, among others, it was decided to bring Stephanie on to keep things updated, add new products and generally be a liason for the studio. 

Stephanie's work life has been rich and diverse, including a lot of sales & marketing, customer service, management, food co-ops, non-profit work, and even many aspects of healthcare. She grew up with an artist mother, and started sketching and creating at a very young age. While raising 5 kids back in Illinois, Stephanie didn't have a lot of time for canvas work, so she took to painting the walls of her various living spaces and crafting to satisfy the art urge. She is also a certified Birth Doula and has studied herbal medicine on her own for over 20 years.

Another aspect of her work life was being a personal assistant for tattoo artists Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman of Hyperspace Studios in Creal Springs, illinois, which included a lot of travel and exposure to art and artists in many forms. It was through this work that she first came to California, and quickly fell in love with it. We are glad she followed her dream of moving to The Golden State!

Please join us in welcoming Stephanie to Artlife Original. You can catch her at the studio most days, and especially during Artlife Wednesdays. Cheers!