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WILD Profile: Shae Detar, from the Tree House

Who: Shea Detar
What: photographer/artist
Where she was born: Cocoa Beach and then grew up in Pennsylvania and NY
Where you live now: NYC and recently bought a tree house dome in the woods of Nashville that we spend part of our time in. It’s a great place to retreat from city life and paint.

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What she’s currently working on:
I am making my first issue of a zine. I’m also working on a series of nudes, coming out with my first book, and working on plans for a few short art videos.

What good energy means to her:
Napoleon Hill once said, “All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind…” I’m a firm believer that you can channel energy and compel things to turn out as you want them too. I agree with Aristotle, “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”

What she thinks there is too much of, and too little of:
I think there is too much violence in our world. Humans hurting animals who can’t defend themselves, and hurting other humans. There is too little attention and action being taken to prevent the mistreatment of animals and WAY TOO LITTLE being done to stop it all over the world.

With whom she would like most to go on a tête à tête:
Van Gogh.

What she’d be doing if she didn’t have her current profession:
Learning about film making…I think if I wasn’t so passionate about photography I would be channeling my creative energy into learning to do that.

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On her life-to-do-list:
Get an agent and travel the world taking photos. Also, to cherish and spend quality time with my family.

If she were president:
I would legalize marijuana and same sex marriage in the entire country, if I had the power, though I doubt the president has that power. I would make sure that much more was being done about animal mistreatment. I would try and focus on the horrible and corrupt things that go on in the food and pharmaceutical industries. I’d probably get bumped off pretty quickly for ruffling too many feathers.

What makes her happiest:
Family, my dog and making art.

Her earliest memory:
I have a horrible memory, but I do remember always acting out characters growing up.

What she considers fashion faux-pas:


How she wants her work to effect people:
I hope it inspires people to bring more fantasy and imagination into their everyday life…

The wildest situation she’s ever experienced:
I actually couldn’t write about it because it would be giving someone’s secrets away, but it was like a series of scenes right out of a movie…I can tell you that.

What she can’t live without:
My family.

With whom she would like to grow old:
My husband.

What she would like to leave to future generations:
I look back to the artists of times past and I am so inspired and encouraged by their journey and their passion and work. I often read biographies of artists and writers I love because it encourages me to remember that it can take a lifetime to make your dreams happen. Van Gogh sold one painting during his lifetime and Manet, Cezanne, Renoir and Monet all had years and years of people hating their work, and they really struggled. I’m in no way comparing my work to theirs, but all that to say that knowing that I may never find success as an artist and being okay with that and still just creating because it’s just in you…their stories somehow help me on my own journey. I don’t even begin to pretend my work would have that affect on anyone now or later, but I guess if I were to have anything at all to give, I really only have the work of my mind and hands through the imagery I create. I wish I could leave some amazing invention but I don’t have that talent unfortunately.


If there was one thing she could change in the world, with no limitations, it would be:
Make people respect and revere animals. I hate that so many are mistreated in factory farms and in homes of people who hurt and abuse them or neglect them. It’s too much for my mind to bare sometimes thinking about it.

Her heroes and why:
No one specific…but people who give their whole lives to help other humans and animals. Those stories of people you hear that pack their bags and move to another country to devote their lives to people in need or animals that need protected. Those people, most of them have no fame or riches and get no glory for the good they do…they are my heros.

What inspires her and her work:
Color, nature, poetry and classical music or film scores. And old paintings from days past.


What gets her out of bed in the mornings:
The urge to create. Oh and my dog Waylon nudging me to get up to feed him. He’s obsessed with food and he will not let me sleep in!

How she defines success:
I look at my mom and dad and they are so wonderful: they have a happy marriage, raised four kids and they enjoy the little things in life. Elbert Hubbard once said, “He who has worked well, laughed often and loved much has achieved success.” I agree.

That I will never let fear stand in my way.

text by: Kacie Tomita

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