SMYRNA, TN (WSMV) - Local artist Leah Boorse says she is finally happy being able to paint full-time and focus on her craft.

Its a lifelong dream for so many artists to be able to focus on their passion and have it provide a means of living. Smyrna artist Leah Boorse told News4's Terry Bulger that life wasn't always this way.

"I worked so hard to get to this point I did everything I cleaned toilets I was a waitress whatever it took to supplement my art career," Said Boorse

Now, Boors says she is completely at peace being able to paint full-time and finding success through painting positivity and self-empowerment for women. 

Boorse says the life before her success feels like a past life, with feeling of unhappiness an low self-esteem; doubting she could ever work as an artist full time. 

However, that was four years ago. Paining positivity is all she does now and with great success. 

"I probably had a lot of days of anxiousness at the beginning but it’s all working out it’s amazing," said Boorse. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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Terry Bulger has been bringing you stories of the people and places that make Tennessee unique and interesting on News4 since 1990. Contact Terry if you have an interesting community story for him to cover.

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