My name is Crystal and I'm the owner of HippieHoppy. I've been an artist my entire life. I really can't ever remember a time when I didn't have a paint brush or a pencil in my hand.
As a child I was very shy and art was a way that I could expressed myself without the use of words. Some of my earliest memories were of me drawing. I didn't just for my family, I drew for everyone. In the 1st grade every Friday I handed out my artwork for everyone to take home with them along with their homework, as a present. My teachers even let me paint all the large murals that lined the halls of my school. It's almost like they knew that's what I would be doing when I grew up.
My teachers were not the only ones that nurtured my skills as an artist. My mom's hippie way of life also shaped my skill. Growing up with her was fun and that way of life was very freeing and humble. By humble I mean poor. Very poor. So If I wanted something nice I had to find it and make it beautiful. We traveled all over the United States with most of our time spent in Topeka, KS, Texas and Okeechobee, FL. These experiences introduced me to a lot different styles and techniques. We were hippies and I learned many of my different artistic skills from hopping around. This is why I chose HippieHoppy as my shop name.
In Okeechobee, FL I sold a piece of artwork for the first time ever. I was 12. My mom worked at the local KOA and I would go to work with her in the summer. There I would sit for hours beside the pools sketching people as they walked by or played in the pool. A lady stopped and asked me what I was doing. When I showed her my art she paid me 50 dollars for my sketch. By the end of the summer everyone wanted to pay me to sketch their family at the pool.
When I got a little older we moved to Richmond, Va. and it occurred to me that when I was in the 8th grade and didn't know how to read, I might have been a little too focused on my art. So I buckled down and focused on school. Eventually I went to college, where I majored in Science and studied Art on the side. After college I started a career in law enforcement and loved it, but always felt like something was missing.
Then, I finally met the man of my dreams and he completely swept me off of my feet. We got married and shortly after started a family. Due to the high stress and danger of my career we decided I should stay home to raise our family. I knew I was going to go crazy if I was at home with nothing to do, so I happily picked up my brush again. I've painted every day since and my life has never felt so complete. So far I have been blessed to have worked with interior decorators, national parks, museums, movie sets, restaurants, and lots of small businesses all over the world.
This is my path in life and I'm truly blessed to be able to share it with you.
You can find me on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/hippiehoppyart<
Please feel free to contact me concerning custom work, or any questions you may have.
Thanks for visiting!