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Graphic Designer Finds Inspiration in the Mountains | This Is Ellijay

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Raised in Acworth, Georgia, Abigail Ducote Showalter has fond childhood memories of the North Georgia Mountains. Her cousins had a home in Ellijay for a number of years where Abbey spent many weeks in the summer breathing the fresh mountain air and enjoying the crispness of sunsets over the Southen Appalachians. 

Now grown, Abbey and her husband Jesse relocated to Ellijay with their dog Tosh in late 2019.

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"It feels very 'full circle' to be back up here," Abbey says. "Especially when we recently got to show them [her cousins] our place and reminisce about old times." 

Abbey is a Graphic Designer by trade who has found freedom in virtual working and location-independence. From her home office, Abbey is able to create beautiful graphics and craft distinct brands for her clients. 

The artist says she loves listening to her clients talk excitedly about their new brand or project.

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"It reminds me how I felt, and still feel, about what I do... I love working for people who are passionate and already have a strong vision for their work, they just need help bringing that vision to life," Abbey says.

Most of Abbey's clients live in the Atlanta area and she counts the accessibility of Ellijay as one of her favorite things about living in the mountains. Whenever she needs to meet in person with clients, reaching them where the are is simple. She also can easily make her way back home to visit her family whenever she wants.

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"Meanwhile, I get to live in a more remote area with views and waterfalls and trails around every corner!" Abbey says,  "Not to mention the access to parks and scenic spots in our neighboring states. It really is the best of all worlds here."

This freedom to simply be is the dream for Abbey who describes herself as "that classic introverted artist." In Ellijay, lunch breaks look like adventures in the making and blowing off steam after work looks like journeying through the Appalachian foothills in search of the perfect sunset view--something that Abbey does often. 

Photography is one of her many artistic outlets in addition to her career in Graphic Design and Branding. Abbey documents her journeys and adventures on Instagram showcasing the artistic lens she views the world through. 

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This perspective can also be seen in the fine art prints she creates. This art is mostly centered around black and white, organic patterns made through a process Abbey stumbled upon in college. She then digitizes the shapes and arranges them into something more recognizable like mountains or animals.

Abbey and her husband spend a lot of their time hard at work renovating their cabin into their dream escape. Recently, they added a workshop to their space which will help them take on even more renovation projects. Here, Abbey plans to eventually pick back up her hobby of lovingly reimagining retired cymbals into jewelry.

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Abbey says she is excited to make new creative connections in her new hometown and support local businesses and freelancers. As she puts it:

 "I know this place is full of creative like-minded people!"


You Can Follow More of Abbey's Journey Online 


Instagram: @Abigailducote 
Facebook: Abigail Ducote


About the Author

Caitlin Neal

Caitlin Neal is the Communicati142428576 238314014417070 7207146935371625873 nons Manager at the Gilmer Chamber and is a lifelong resident of Gilmer County.

A 2016 graduate of the University of North Georgia, Caitlin is passionate about telling the stories of the faces and places that make Georgia's Apple Capital so special.

Caitlin  loves spending time with her husband and their rescue pets, tending to her flower garden, visiting the local farmers market, and enjoying local living.