Around two years ago I happened to come across a community of people who were full of creatives and artists. It was there that I met many people with whom I have gotten to work with quite a bit! One of those people I was lucky enough to cross paths with was Jess LeClerc.
An artist, Mum, wife and all round arty legend, this woman truly has a gift. Her art has beautiful positive messages, which is why I love them so much and was drawn to them in the first place. She creates the most calming, moody works and teaches classes helping others find their hidden artistic gifts as well.
We have worked together a few times now, so I thought it was about time I introduced her to you all.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jessica Le Clerc, fine artist painter, illustrator and director of the School of Art & Imagination on the Sunshine Coast.
When did you start doing your art and business. What made you follow your dream?
I started my art school and doing commission painting in 1999, at 17 years old… crazy town! I didn’t really mean to start a business in the beginning as I just started teaching kids how to draw. Because I loved art and seeing kids relax and create, I fell into it my business and word of mouth saw the school grow to over 200 students, its never stopped really. I was painting also and that turned into more serious painting over time too. I think I just tip toed my way towards the art I live in now and I’m still tiptoeing towards the art I will make and teach in the future. My dream is to help people find peace – I get to bring that in two ways – teaching art as a form of a practice of peace and contemplation and painting peace in the form of beauty visually.
What do you love most about what you do and why?
Art is a very important part of who we are, to create, make, imagine and design is to open up a part of us that is meant to be AWAKE. I love getting to speak about creativity and seeing it come to life in people and myself!
What is a typical day for you? Run us through morning, middle and afternoons of your day!
Oh how I would love to have a rhythm right now! I have a different rhythm for each day. On Monday and Tuesday I prepare and teach art until night time. Wednesday I prepare new work and Thursday and Friday I paint in the studio. At nights I try and draw … but I let it all fall apart sometimes too when I need to be a present Mumma, or friend.
What has been your proudest career achievement to date and whats on the agenda for the future?
Proudest career moment … I should say being a finalist in the Archibald prize in 2015, but so far it would actually be painting an Archibald entry last year that I didn’t like. I then had to start it again, paint it all over to find out that it didn’t work. I then realised just how far I came in those two paintings and how all that energy and passion wasn’t a failure but a platform. I have learnt from that and now I paint on an entirely different level because of that journey.
What does being wholehearted mean to you?
Wholehearted… to me it is to be balanced. Love looks different everyday and there are no formulas or secrets… it is about being open to yourself, others and the things you have in front of you. I am wholehearted when I live in each day with all the energy and presence I have, and then do that again in each day after.
Head over to Jess’ shop and check out her work and limited edition art prints. It’s definitely worth a wander.