MY ART STORY by

Lacy Hale

Whitesburg
Kentucky

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Woman on a extended ladder working on a mural on the side of a building

Lacy Hale at work on a mural. Photo courtesy of the artist.

I have been an artist as long as I can remember. It is my passion and my drive. I love the feeling that I get when I am immersed in a piece of work and I love teaching others to create works of their own. The arts have made paths and opportunities for me that I know I would not have been able to participate in if I had not been an artist.

I am a full time artist in rural southeastern Kentucky. Many people thought that I would not be able to make a living as a professional artist in the mountains of Kentucky but I am here and I am doing it. It is a constant hustle and I am always working to make connections, create new work, reach out to area non-profits, teach workshops, sell work online.

I come from a long line of artists, artisans, and musicians. This part of eastern Kentucky has traditionally been extremely creative--whether having to make things out of necessity and utility (baskets, quilts) or for the pure joy of creating something (dulcimers, bottle trees, paintings on pantry doors).

I have been surrounded by art and artists since I was born. I am ever grateful and plan to continue beautifying my community and making the arts more visible in southeastern Kentucky.

Group of men sitting with green hills behind

A mural created 2010 the artistic heritage of Whitesburg, Kentucky. Photo by Lacy Hale