She became enamored with the underwater realm and eventually came to work abroad as a SCUBA instructor and underwater videographer for several years. She returned to London in 1995 to work as an underwater photographer.
"I believe that art can move people’s hearts by overcoming culture and the language barrier. If people can be moved by getting a message from the art, the world will follow, too."
-- Marcelo Tatsuyoshi Kato
“When I am diving or just snorkelling, all I have in mind is the marine environment, the light travelling to the deepness, my breathing. I only care about the life surrounding me, the exploration, and the colours…”
— Carlos Hiller
A few years later, Chevailler’s father painted a miniature oil painting of two old fighting frigates as a gift to decorate his son’s boat, and Chevailler kept asking his father to paint another one in order to have a pair.
The young Hagen would cut open paper grocery bags for drawing paper and draw until there wasn’t an inch of space left. In first grade, Hagen would turn over the handouts and draw before he had done the school work on the other side.