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Small Business Spotlight: Helen Lary

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

Helen Lary Art

Meet our Small Business Highlight, Helen Lary. Inspired by travel and all things beautiful, Helen paints with a modern, bohemian style. She is a self taught painter and her love for tastefully bold colors mixed with delicate stroke work reflects her personal design aesthetic. Relaxed, organic, stylish with bursts of color. 

Although much of her work is in acrylic, she continues to integrate mixed media, oil pastels, pastels, and charcoal, finding new ways to bring even more texture and movement to her work. 

She and her husband, both Baylor University graduates, live in Dallas, TX. They have three children.

Q: When did you develop a love for painting? 

A: I fell in love with painting after picking up a paint brush to try my luck with a piece  of art for our first home. I decided to paint something as a stand-in until we found  the perfect piece of art, I had so much fun and the result exceeded even my own  expectations. I instantly knew that I had found the perfect avenue to explore. It just clicked! I love the creativity and playfulness of it all.  

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

A: My go to materials are large and small canvases, cold pressed watercolor paper,  acrylic paints, charcoal and oil pastels. Oil pastels are so vibrant and one of my  favorite materials to work with. Also, trying out new materials is always really  exciting and it’s fun to experiment! 

Helen Lary + Hazen & Co

Q: From where do you draw your inspiration? 

A: My travels to Mexico never cease to result in a few paintings. I come home and  dream in the colors until I get them right! I’m also inspired by interior design,  nature and other artisans. All the beautiful baubles at Hazen & Co. made it so  easy to create fun minis I created for this month’s Halen happy. 

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

A: I’ve heard that my paintings are colorful calm, so I hope that’s true. True joy is  when beautiful color and amazing texture come together. Everything comes  together to create these little moments of interest and beauty and that is really  exciting to see when you finish a piece. 

I also love the excitement of an idea that has popped into my head, working out  that idea and then as the painting progresses, finding new direction and depth  with each decision. I almost always start with an idea and end up somewhere  totally different!

Helen Lary Art

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

A: I am a sucker for all things creative and love following other artists,  photographers, and interior designers. I adore Kerri Rosenthal, Kelly Wearstler  and Teil Duncan. What they have done with their businesses is really inspiring!  Dorthy Shain, Allison James, Charlie French and Gretchen Warsen with Toddy  Pond Designs have a lot of fun with color and their pieces always draw me in! I  also have some artist friends here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and I am  constantly inspired by these ladies and their dedication to creating from the heart.  And who isn’t inspired by some of the greats like Matisse, Monet, and Helen  Frankenthaler! The list goes on and on! 

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

A: I am currently painting a collection that will be featured at Liza Pruitt Art Gallery  very soon! You will be able to shop my collection through her online gallery in  April. And I’m so lucky to have pieces available at The Collective in Dallas, as  well as new collections on my website and collaborations with other businesses.  And I always dedicate a chunk of time for custom commissions. I love working  with clients and their different styles to create their dream piece!

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