Meet Stacy Spangler
I'm so glad you've somehow found my little space on the internet. I'd love to connect with you on social media and get to know you, but first let me tell you a little about myself.
I was born and raised in Arkansas. I live in town called Goshen, and it's so small I still have a Fayetteville address, but we do have our own post office, city council and police force, so it's official. I've been married to my best friend and husband for 25 years. We have three daughters, 2 jack Russell terriers, a cat and a grand-guinea pig. I graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, and couldn't wait to move on to bigger and better places. I ended up in Little Rock, Arkansas for 25 years, all the while trying to figure out how to get back "home". Don't get me wrong, Little Rock holds a very special place in my heart, and some of my dearest friends, but we both wanted to be closer to our extended family and live in a smaller town. I worked for many years in Sales, Marketing and Advertising/Public Relations, and had the opportunity after the birth of my first child to be a stay-at-home mom. It was by far the most rewarding, but challenging job I've ever signed up for. Although I've always loved the creative process, it was then that I discovered my love for painting and decided that "someday" I was going to be an artist.
After the birth of my third daughter, the market went south and I needed to help contribute to our family income. Crazy enough, after a lot of prayer, I turned our basement into a small art studio and started teaching art to children in 2007. I started out with two small classes which eventually grew into multiple after school classes, weekly homeschool groups, summer day camps and special evening workshops-God grew my little business into over 150 students. I was offered a job to teach 5th and 6th grade art in 2014 which I did for a year until we had the opportunity to move back to NWA in 2015. It was then when I started to pursue
my own artwork full-time.
A little bit about my style...
I'm a self-taught artist, and I love to use bright color, heavy texture and collage elements in my art. I use my hands, brushes and a palette knife to build up multiple layers of paint, papers and acrylic medium, resulting in a heavy distressed texture. I naturally bring a simplistic, light-hearted and whimsical spin on everyday objects, whether flowers, animals, bicycles or buildings. I'm always inspired by God's word, something beautiful I've seen in nature, or eye catching color combinations coming from God's amazing color palette. I love the experimentation process and feel my style is constantly evolving.
I feel so blessed to be able to encourage and inspire others to create; especially my time spent teaching kids, because they have no fear in the creative process. I actually learned so much from them and they helped shape my whimsical style!
I love the outdoors and I'm always up for a bike ride on the Razorback Regional Greenway, or a hike on one of the many amazing trails in our Natural State. I love coffee, dark chocolate, Tex Mex, sushi, reading, journaling, Bible studies, the Razorbacks, and shopping and entertaining family and friends. My dream vacation is a trip to any beach or Disney World (I worked there for a summer in college). I love meeting new people, but I'm an pretty big introvert and prefer a gathering of a small group of friends over a big party or event any day.
I'm constantly amazed, thankful and humbled by the friends and opportunities God has brought into my life through art! Hope we connect again soon!