Shaylen was born and raised in Richmond VA, which is also where she currently works and resides. She obtained her BFA from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2011. Her artistic ambition, however, began long before college and is also her current livelihood; pulsating in the plethora of artwork on canvas. Formally taught by her Grandmother Grace, who was a professional portrait artist, Broughton went on to excel in the arts throughout grade school and beyond. A post-college career in Hospitality Design taught her business sense, enhanced her work ethic, and reiterated personal values which nudged her in another direction.
In March 2014, Broughton began her career as a visual artist. She has exhibited in several group and solo shows in the US, as well as in the UK and Australia. In addition to exhibiting her work, Broughton works with several non-profits in Richmond VA, leading community art projects such as large-scale interior murals and after-school art programs.
In recent works, Broughton has begun exploring new mediums, including the use of natural water sources to accomplish fluidity in her compositions. Her work is highly experimental and remains in a constant state of change.
Through Abstract expression, Broughton's work explores the depths of human awareness; delving deep into black bottom oceans; ascending curiously towards infinite stars, and ultimately discovering the divinity within ourselves—feet firm on the earth. Particularly, she works to convey the relationship between emotional memory [in which we find significance], and the physical world [in which we find presence]. This turbulently abundant home we share is the only one we have ever known. It laboriously gave birth to a collective consciousness: everything that is and will ever be, still rise from its dirt. Her art is simply the all-encompassing Mother Nature, emerging through her fingertips.