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Between the Boxwood

Small Business Spotlight: Elayna Johnson


Small Business Spotlight: Elayna Johnson

One of the greatest privileges of running a small business is the opportunity to support other small businesses. From the time I began Hazen at the age of 9, I have encountered many people who have supported me in my work and the pursuit of my aspirations for this business. Those are the individuals who have forever influenced and shaped my life by instilling in me the courage to pursue my dreams, and oftentimes, opening the doors through which I could best pursue those dreams. 


My hope for our Small Business Spotlight series is to open doors for other small business owners who are hustling daily to grow their businesses. I am confident that they believe their products bring life, creativity and joy to both themselves and their customers, and I hope we not only encourage them through this series but also nurture their success using the tools and opportunities we have graciously been given.  
Taylor Turner

Our next Small Business Spotlight is Dallas based artist Elayna Johnson! Elayna creates original artwork, art prints, and textiles that marries whimsical and timeless. Starting Wednesday, January 12th we will be including an original art piece from Elayna Johnson in each online order while supplies last! Please write "support small" in the notes section at checkout so we know you'd like the art piece!

Small Business Spotlight: Elayna Johnson

Q: When did you develop a love for painting?

EJ: I have been painting since I was about 10. My dad is also an artist and has always been a huge inspiration to me! I was also drawn to everything in art stores. This sparked my curiosity to experiment with different mediums.

Q: What materials do you use in your work? Paints, canvas, paper, etc?

EJ: I work primarily with paper and watercolor paints. I also use acrylic paint on mixed media surfaces such as leather, ceramic and acrylic goods. Think ornaments and suitcases. You can truly paint on anything with the help of google.

Q: From where do you draw your inspiration?

EJ: I love vintage florals patterns, live florals and botanicals, and vintage New Yorker covers. The illustrations were so detailed and creative. I admire people with creativity as much (if not more) than people with art skill.

Small Business Spotlight: Elayna Johnson

Q: Playing with colors and textures excites us when designing jewelry. What excites you when painting?

EJ: I try to make colors bold and unique. I try things I think I might not like just to play around. Sometimes it turns out awful, but other times I am pleasantly surprised! I love throwing something bizarre or unique into a painting as well.

Q: Any business leaders or artists that inspire or influence you and your brand?

EJ: Quenton Blake (English illustrator) inspires me with concepts. I wish I could ask him to dinner and just hear how he came up with all of his illustrations. His creativity and ability to communicate through art is fascinating. I also love Susan Gordon Pottery -- I wish I could fill my house with her pottery.

Q: What can we look forward to seeing from your brand in the near future?

EJ: I have a few exciting collaborations launching in 2022! I am also selling my artwork as home textiles and wallpaper and am thrilled to see my artwork in people’s homes in a new way.

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