Misty Freeman Staley, a working artist living in Helena, Arkansas received her Bachelors of Fine Art Degree from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia. After school, she lived in Atlanta, Georgia running her business, Gossamery Finishes, where she worked with high-end home designers gilding, painting murals, faux finishing, Venetian plastering and more.
In 2008 Staley moved to Brooklyn, New York to pursue her career a faux finisher and mural artist.
She married her husband, William Staley, in 2010 and moved to Helena, Arkansas to help instill a love of the arts in the people of Phillips County through Thrive, a nonprofit design firm. Her work now consists mostly of outdoor mural paintings, fine oil painted portraits on canvas, and faux and high-end finishes.
Staley also teaches art lessons to children, youth, and adults. She has held a spring, fall and summer session in Downtown Helena for the past 7 years. Staley strives to fill each class with half paying students and half sponsored students. Many murals seen around Helena are painted by Staley with her students ages 7-18.