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(Image: Tsehaye Hadish)

Artist of the Week: Tsehaye Hadish

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating?
Tsehaye Hadish: Ever since I was a child, I had an interest in drawing and painting. As a kid, I used to take chalk with me from school and draw on the walls and floors all day. That used to get me in trouble a lot but didn't stop my interest. There was a neighbor who does public art around my house, and I use to spend my time after school repeating his art using any paper I find in the house. That's how I thought my self by spending a lot of time in my studio; I didn't go to art school until high school.

Do you work with other mediums?
I mostly do oil painting in canvas, and I also make sculptures, collage, mixed media, engraving and etching,

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
Most of the time, before I start anything, I have it done in my head, and I get excited to start. I sketch it in a paper and use watercolor to choose colors. Then I'm able to choose the size of the canvas and colors.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art comes from?
The background and history of the artwork I plan to work on inspires me. When I am very interested in the things I see, I like to put them into my artwork. My inspiration comes from the feeling things give me.

Do you have a specific "beat" you like best – nature, food, profiles, etc.?
Sudden and unusual movements or expressions of human beings. Things that a lot of people don't see as beauty. Also, the sounds of nature.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
I mostly do painting, but I also do sculptures. The special piece for me is a sculpture I presented and awarded in China in the 6th Beijing International Art Biennale. The title was "Let's Fire the Music Bullets," I simply turned an AK-47 into a saxophone. It represented my home country, and the idea of the sculpture is quite clear and understandable, especially for the Eritrean community, also other countries still struggling with war. This piece is very special because it opened so many opportunities for me, and I got to meet so many great artists.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Having to work on big national events like festivals and carnival back in Eritrea affected my art. Taking on big responsibilities helped me grow as an artist. When I spent months working for that, I realized my ability and value. That led me to seek bigger opportunities.

If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
As of now, you can find my work on Instagram @artist_tsehaye, and you can contact me through my email as well -

What is next for you? Anything you're working on right now that you're really excited about?
I have multiple artworks ready for exhibition in two events (they have been pushed because of COVID 19). I expect to get many more opportunities through those events. I am excited about the work I am currently working on, which is different in style then what I used to work on.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
Tall caramel macchiato with an extra shot and extra caramel.