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Artist Spotlight: Shaina Page

by Magnolia
Published on September 20, 2022

She started out as a kid with a pack of colored pencils and a pad of paper. That was when Shaina Page, a Waco native, realized she had a knack for art. Her creations felt free and easy—never forced. And they almost always came out just the way she envisioned in her mind. Fast forward years later, and she now works as both a fine artist and an Assistant Product Designer at Magnolia.

As Shaina continued to pursue creative projects, her hobby turned into her profession. Her art has been featured in Magnolia Market, Magnolia Journal, Fixer Upper, Magnolia Home, the Hearth & Hand collection with Magnolia at Target, and more. We recently sat down with Shaina to hear more about her creative journey, inspiration, and why she creates art with home in mind.

Magnolia: What are your first memories with art?

Shaina Page: My mom is a fine artist, and she really fostered that in our family through inviting us to do art projects growing up. I remember always having the ability to draw and never questioning it. I loved it, and I felt like it came out just the way I wanted.

I really got started through working with Magnolia and seeing Joanna’s belief in merging interior design and art. Her encouragement broadened my ability to dream of what art could be. And that’s when I decided I wanted to pursue art and see what I could do with it.

How would you describe your art?

Versatile—meaning I love to experiment with different art mediums and genres. I don’t usually stick to one, and that’s more because I’m inspired by so many different things. But it’s not random. I’m very intentional with what I do and what I put out there.

Where do you draw inspiration?

I have two main sources of inspiration: my faith and the everyday beauty of life. It can be the grand things of life—like beautiful landscapes, the sky, and architecture. Or it can be the simplest, even mundane, things—like fruit sitting in a bowl. I think all of life is beautiful. I think that’s why my art is versatile, because I’m genuinely inspired by so many different things. When the beauty of something captivates my eye, my curiosity is sparked, which leads me to ask questions and think about how I could communicate that beauty through a piece of art.

Your work always starts with home in mind. How does that shape your process?

I remember creating this giant piece that took me six months. It was very realistic looking and drawn with colored pencil. I felt so accomplished that I had just created this masterpiece, but, when I looked at it, I realized maybe one person would be proud to show it in their house. It just didn’t feel like it fit anywhere. Now, if I want to create an abstract piece, I ask, is this going to look good in someone's home and fit their style?

Through Magnolia and Joanna’s encouragement, I was able to explore how to stay true to myself as an artist but be more intentional with colors, texture, and sizing. Art and interior design began to pair together, and I really enjoyed that process—more so than exhausting myself over something that may end up sitting underneath a bed because there’s no real place for it to shine.

In a fast-paced world, how do you find time to slow down to create something beautiful?

It was definitely through a lot of trial and error. I am someone who loves to be around people, but when it comes to art, I have to be alone. I can’t get it done unless I’m in that focused, clear space. So it really took a lot of time to find the right balance of feeding my soul throughout the week but also finding time to draw. There might be a little bit of homebody already embedded in me since I grew up in Waco. I feel like anybody who was raised here is a homebody, so that helps me find balance and set boundaries for myself.

How do you get past creative blocks?

I have to remind myself I can’t take it personally. There are times you’ll want to just attack yourself, but I never allow myself to go down that route. In any profession, you’re always going to hit something that just won’t come out the way you want it to. I stay consistent, continue to show up, and keep at it until I see a breakthrough. Sometimes it takes a day, sometimes it takes a few weeks—but you just have to keep going.

What do you hope your art communicates?

I hope people find everyday hope and inspiration in the art I create. Whatever someone is going through, whether it’s a good season, a bad season, or a hard season, I want them to walk away and feel innermovement in their heart that everything is going to be okay. And anytime they look at the piece, I want them to have that assurance—where they just feel safe, peace, and even healing.

Why do you choose to share your work through Magnolia?

I feel like Magnolia represents home so well. There is this sense of belonging and purpose for someone’s life—people feel a resurgence of hope and get inspired. Joanna does such a great job of captivating beauty, and I feel so honored to partner with Magnolia and share those same desires and dreams.

Our theme for this fall is fortitude. What does that word mean to you?

Saying yes even when you're scared and having the courage to face something that challenges you. A lot of times we think courage means that you’re fearless—but really sometimes it’s saying, I’m going to be brave even when I am afraid. Leaning into that refines us to become fearless. It’s just showing up and saying yes to whatever challenges you.

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