She’s a longtime artist who comes with a professional pedigree that includes her father, Stephen Shortridge, an internationally acclaimed painter.

Yet there has always been something about full-time painting that didn’t appeal to her.

“It had to do with being alone in a studio,” Hayley Shortridge-Gabriel said. “I wanted to do something that helped people. I wanted to interact with people on a more personal level than their just hanging my art in their homes.

“I wanted to see the difference I could make in their lives.”

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