Granddaughter of legendary musician Tony Pabon uses music to inspire her art

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (WGHP) — For Hannah Gaskins Pabon, music and art go hand in hand.

“It’s hard to feel something and automatically get into painting,” said Hannah, who started painting in high school. “I started creating art that had a voice and I was like, ‘This is what I want to talk about.'”

While painting is newer to Hannah, music has always been a part of her life.

Her grandfather, who died in 2014, was Puerto Rican-born musician Tony Pabon who helped influence the 1960s Latin craze known as Boogaloo.

“I find myself connected to him,” she said. “It’s like an art that is transmitted.”

Tony Pabon had several hits including “I Like it Like That” which he wrote in 1967.

Hannah, a preschool teacher, says the family legacy and her students often inspire her.

“They see the world with these fresh eyes,” she said. “I’m inspired by it too.”

Her work often reflects current issues and strong women which she often shares on Instagram at @artbyhannahelise.

“I want people to feel inspired like me when they see my work,” she said.

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