As the daughter of Coeur d’Alene artist Stephen Shortridge, Hayley Shortridge-Gabriel foresaw a future that was going to resemble something similar to that of her father’s.

At least until the reality of an artistic lifestyle set in.

“The idea of trying to make money in an art studio working mostly by myself didn’t have as much appeal as I originally thought,” says the now 37-year-old mother of two.

She adds, “I also discovered I wanted to do something helping people.”

Her artistic abilities and a community service spirit eventually led to the founding of the business, True Life Canvas, which also specializes in permanent 3D cosmetic tattoos – also called areola repigmentation – for breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomies.

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