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I'm Calista Horan and I'm an artist, wife, mother and have many other titles that I could list but I won't right now. I will note, however, that I have called myself an artist for as long as I can remember. My mother tells a story of me drawing bunnies on the wall at age four. I really liked bunnies (and still do) but I have always had a passion for art. I was making art from the moment I could hold a crayon (as my mom found out), and excelled at all art programs, classes and activities throughout my education. I earned a BA in college with a double emphasis in graphic design and photography. I later had a small photography studio for a number of years, taught in the elementary grades for almost a decade, and then moved to working from home for a few years. This allowed for a ton of down time allowing for more art time and more time with family. Along the way I've always made time for art making in my life actually, as I wouldn't have it any other way. Even the smallest creative venture each day brings peace to an artist's heart. Baking and decorating cakes, wrapping presents, painting a room or a small mural, making home-gifts for birthdays or holidays, making art for the home, friends or family members, re-furbishing furniture, home-improvement projects, decorating a notebook, making a bookmark, the list is endless and the projects don't have to be large to be meaningful. I was always doing something creative as I couldn't stop that urge to make art in some form at all times. As you can see, art has been my life-long passion even if it hasn't always been my full time profession. And all of the choices I've made in my life have kept me quite busy, and very happy and fulfilled. I do not have any resentment or anger. No one held me back, told me I wasn't good enough or that I'd never make it as an artist. I simply made choices, choices I'd probably make again. My life went the way it was supposed to go I think. I simply think I am now ready for this new adventure. So, I've decided to make art my full time job because the time is right and I am having so much fun! I've called my shop MXT Makery because I am focusing on mixed (MXT) media and I am a maker. As I've grown as an artist I've become fond of so many art mediums that I find I can't stick to just one. I like to paint, but I don't want to just paint. Or just draw, or just do pastel, or just sew or do photography. So I end up doing a bit of all of these things and put them together. I loved printmaking in college and Gelli plates have opened up a whole new world of printmaking for me. I also loved collage and when my kids were small, scrapbooking became a new a fun way to collage that tapped into my graphic design background. There is so much overlap and that overlap creates so much opportunity and fun! And boy, am I having fun! Therefore, I hope you are enjoying your visit to my site and that you can find some art to bring you some joy as well! I plan to keep the site updated with new items weekly so feel free to stop by often. Thanks so much for dropping in and have a great day!

With that being said, thanks so much for visiting my online store. I am excited to provide you with an impeccable online shopping experience and remain available to assist you. If you have questions, comments or concerns about your order or the content found within this website, please feel free to contact me via email and I will get back to you right away.  Again, thanks for visiting my store and I look forward to serving you in the future.