interview :: hannah crosby art


Hannah-mainnote from Jenn – I had the pleasure of meeting Hannah at Catalyst Dallas in 2013. I was soon after introduced to her incredible art and began following her. She has an amazing way of telling stories with a brush. What inspires me about Hannah is her commitment to authenticity. She has a beautiful way of communicating her journey of marriage, growing as an artist and this thing called entrepreneurship in a way that makes her approachable and “one of us”. Name Hannah Joiner Crosby
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Hannah is a contemporary abstract artist. She is from Atlanta Georgia but now lives with her husband and dog in Los Angeles, California.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you feel called to do? I was born and raised in Georgia. I grew up around ministry because my dad was one of the founders of a mega church in Atlanta. Being a pastor’s kid was an interesting ride, good and bad, but mostly good. My parents tell me I was skeptical since the day I could talk. I asked hard questions and found loopholes in everything. Nothing has really changed.

I work for a non-profit that writes curriculum for churches and schools around the world (Orange) where I am a Creative Director and I also have another career as an acrylic painter.

At the end of the day my heart is fully in creating. I thrive when I get to paint, be in creative meetings about events, dream up a music video, or sit with someone and hear their story that inspires a new painting.

When/how did you know you were an artist? I don’t remember ever not liking making a creative mess. I really think I was born with it. I went to a very small private high school and had a lot of one-on-one time with my art teacher, Mrs. Clark. She didn’t know it then, but she changed my life. She was the first person that really believed in my art enough to push me. She affirmed my skill and stayed on me for four years to grow. It wasn’t until I tried going to school for something other than art that I realized art was what I was made to do.


Describe your artistic style and what you specialize in.  I specialize in stories. My paintings are mostly acrylic, some mixed media, on canvas. My favorite thing to do is to paint series of paintings based on what is currently affecting my life, even if it’s someone else’s story. A couple of years ago I started a series on seeking simplicity because I felt like my life was too complicated. Most of the paintings in the series are boats on water. This year my focus has been on vulnerability. I am getting emails everyday from people telling me their stories related to becoming vulnerable. The series is called “Messy.”

How did your business get started? I started making money about four years ago when someone offered to buy my painting off the wall in my house! I was like, “Oh, I can actually sell these. Duh.”


What is the most rewarding part of your job? This is such a hard question because it’s honestly all so rewarding. If I had to choose just one thing, it would be transforming a story and feelings into a painting and seeing how much fulfillment it brings to a client. Last year, I did a painting for someone who lost a child. It meant the world to me to be able to give a tiny piece of hope to someone who was grieving.

What is one piece of advice that you’ve been given as an entrepreneur that you could pass along to others? Having your own business doesn’t mean you get to do the thing you love MORE. It actually might mean you do it less. There are so many other things that go into running a business than just your talent. You know, there are taxes, licenses, emails, billing, you name it… that stuff takes up a lot of time. I think it’s easy for creatives to think that having their own business means they will get more free time, but it doesn’t really work that way.

Who/what is/are your creative inspiration(s)? Honestly, I’m not just saying this, but my husband (Tripp) and my dad (Reggie Joiner). They are the most creative people I know AND the most inspiring. We are obviously all three in different fields, but we dream together and no one inspires me more than those two. My dad is opening a studio in GA that will include so many cool and creative things. Tripp owns a production company (east coast and soon west coast). If any creative person sat down with those two men over drinks they would leave more inspired than they have ever been. I’m serious.


How do you keep from falling into the comparison game – comparing yourself to others in your field? Ugh. I fail at this one often. Social media can be my best friend and worst enemy. On my bad days, I re-read stories from people that I did paintings for. I think of the individuals that I have impacted and that have impacted me and I remind myself that is why I do this. The stories and relationships. That little piece of hope I contributed to that is hanging on a mother’s wall.

Is there an area in life or business that God is calling you to take a risk? I just got married and moved across the country, so I kind of feel like I’m in the middle of the game Risk (like literally on the battlefield… have you ever lived in Los Angeles?) Right now, I believe God wants me to become more vulnerable, which would allow me to be more fully known but also opens me up to the risk of getting really hurt.


What are your fears within that risk and how are you navigating it {well}? I’ve never had to start building community from scratch. It’s so scary. Some days it seems easier to just hide in my studio behind my paintbrush. My biggest fear about being vulnerable is being rejected. Whether that comes in the form of being misunderstood or just not accepted. I think this fear goes back to growing up in ministry. As a kid, I got hurt in the line of fire between adults and gossip. Sometimes there is a whisper telling me not to share my story because if I do I will get hurt and no one will understand me. My husband gently reminds me that being known is worth the risk because people can’t love me if they don’t know me.

What do you know now that you wish you had known 5 years ago (about business or life)? Everything is going to be okay. I know it sounds simple but I struggle with anxiety and I can’t tell you the number of times I really just thought things weren’t going to be okay. Looking back, worrying was such a waste of energy. Looking forward, worrying less is a big use of energy.


What is your favorite easy go-to meal for your family? Chicken and dumplings.

What is your favorite scripture and why? Ephesians 4:25-32. It’s the verse in the bible that when fully applied, has brought me the most joy and made me feel the closest to God.

How has your faith played a role in your journey as an entrepreneur? Believing that there is a God who loves all of us gives me the inspiration to create. If I didn’t believe that, I don’t think I would be an artist. My hope is that as I build new relationships with clients they feel a sense of hope and love through my work like I do when I create it.


What do you want to be remembered for? Forgiving and loving people.

Name 3 people you would want to invite to dinner:
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift (Ellen)
Taylor Swift (Jimmy Fallon)

Salty or Sweet? SALTY!


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