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HCA Spotlight Series Student

 HCA Spotlight
 Learn more about the people who call the HCA 'home'.


Henry Chapman, Age 9


How did you get involved in art?  I always liked to color. And as I got older, I really liked doodling and realized I was able to sketch pretty well. Then, I started working with Miss Cathy and we used pastels. That's how it took off.  


How does painting/drawing make you feel? Painting and drawing make me happy. I enjoy doing it. I also think art challenges me and is a way that makes me feel calm and relaxed; it can relieve stress for me; it doesn't always. But it can. 


What piece are you most proud of?  My Northern Lights Pastel Painting is the one I am most proud of. I love this piece because it turned out really great and it was the piece where I think I did my best blending. I also think I completed it in just two classes with Miss Cathy.


Who has been your art teacher?  Miss Cathy (Cathy Howe) has been my art teacher. I really enjoy learning from her. Miss Cathy definitely helps me become a better artist. She gives me feedback and advice. She shows me how to be the best artist I can be. 


Christine Chapman, Henry's mother


What has that experience been like for you?  The HCA has been a place of great healing for our little family of three. It's a place I believe in, with everything I have. It's a source of emotional and spiritual respite and release, connection and community. Henry, through his work with Cathy has developed so much confidence and feels empowered. He never complains about going to art. He misses Miss Cathy a lot.     


What has been the most surprising thing you have noticed about Henry's artistic talents since beginning classes at the HCA? I think what's been so surprising is how much he looks forward to art and needs it to balance him out and ground him...especially during the school year. I'm also so impressed with what he can do with pastels. He's committed to each piece and really loves art. I'm so grateful. If it weren't for his experience at the HCA and the opportunity to work with Cathy...he'd be artistic, certainly, but I don't know that he would have even known he had talent in art. There's no denying that he's capable and really quite good for an almost ten year old. And the confidence shines through in his smile. There's nothing better than that for a mom of an elementary school boy. 


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