We had the good fortune of connecting with Hales Evans and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hales, what makes you happy? Why?
Moving through nature makes me the happiest. No matter my mood, situation or season, if I am outside, I am instantly happier. I’m inspired by nature & the way it brings us back to the basics, the simplicity of life and the beauty in the details. I love moving my body thru nature whether it be on a walk, a hike, a run or a bike ride. Getting to use the gift of my body to see the gift of this beautiful planet earth allows me to be the happiest form of myself. The breath in my body and the sun on my skin take me to my happy place. My art as a result, is a direct reflection of my passion of nature. My paintings all aim to represent the beauty I find in nature and the feelings it leaves me with. You will find so much inspiration if you just step outside and take a moment to really look & feel. Earth is magic.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is freedom. Freedom to express yourself, myself and “whatever the hales” you want to create. For those who have a vision but don’t feel artistically inclined, I love to use my art to bring to life that vision for my customers. I love painting leather and shoes and bikes because it’s a medium most do not paint on. Art that can be worn or change an old something into a new prized piece is awesome. Upcycling I call it, allows people to reduce waste and still love what they have, or create something new from something old. I want my art to help people express themselves thru their fashion, or through their home and It’s a joy to get to find success in that.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live near Washington DC and LOVE to get outside! I’d take my friends on a long bike ride thru Old Town Alexandria and into the city to see the amazing monuments and glory of DC. We’d stop for the most buttery croissants and soda pops and look for carbohydrates on every corner. We’d spend hours at my favorite thrift shop, hunting for treasures and the rest of the week would be spent getting in as many hikes in the Shenandoah’s as we could fit in!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have a giant handful of friends and family who have not only complimented my art but also purchased it, spread word and encouraged me to share my talents with others. Growing up it felt like creativity and art was oozing from me, desperate to get on paper or come to life, and my mother & father allowed every single creation and art project I could think of. Neither of them ever stopped me from creating and always celebrated in my creations no matter how messy they made the house or my room. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the nonjudgmental freedom they gave me to create was a precious gift.

Website: www.halesonearthdesigns.com

Instagram: @halesonearthdesigns & @hales_on_earth

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