Interview With An Artist – Leslie Sabella

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Thank you Leslie for participating in this interview! To see more by Leslie please visit www.truespiritart.com and follow along with her on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop too!

Leslie Sabella

Give us some background on your artwork/shop/portfolio. What do you create?

Leslie: For the past 4 years, I have been busy working as an illustration artist selling my work online and in specialty stores throughout the world. My brand True Spirit Art, offers fine art prints, greeting cards and my self-published adult coloring book “Boho Soul.” My work is a combination of all hand-drawn pen illustrations, acrylic paintings and Photoshop editing.

How did you get to where you are now in your artistic career? What were some steps or benchmarks along the way?

Leslie: I grew up in a very creatively household, taking private art lessons from my mom, Susan, an accomplished colored pencil artist since the time I was little. Overtime, I continued to take classes and study art history in college. The culmination of all these steps, helped me develop my own style. I started my Etsy art shop in 2012 and started wholesaling my prints and cards to independent shops and licensing my work in 2016. Every year, I am inspired to create new art and seek out opportunities to expand my art to the mass market.
Hamsa and Flowers by True Spirit Art

 

How would you describe your artwork to someone who has never seen it? Is there a unifying element or theme that you believe ties your pieces together?

Leslie: My art is inspirational, reflecting the free-spirited, bohemian lifestyle we all dream of. I am always trying to pair together beautiful words and quotes with an illustration that inspires the soul. My pieces are colorful and weave together a mix of traditional design elements.

Where do you currently live? What influence has your location or previous locations had on your artwork and creative process?

Leslie: Right now I am living in San Francisco, but was born and raised in the Midwest. My days growing up in rural Illinois shaped my art in so many ways, my love of nature is a constant in my work. Over the years, my husband and I have traveled and lived in Chicago, Vancouver, as well as Los Angeles. All of these locations have inspired me, probably in ways I have yet to discover!
Bigthings Turquoise Mushrooms by True Spirit Art

What hobbies or projects do you have outside of your artwork? Do these influence what you create?

Leslie: When I am not drawing, I love knitting, embroidering, cooking, practicing yoga and exploring the beautiful outdoors wherever I live.

What advice would you give to someone trying to start a large-scale creative project or business?

Leslie: My biggest piece of advice is not to give up too soon and study lots of art! Often in the beginning of any new business venture it is easy to get discouraged because sales are slow or you get turned down from a submission for licensing. Also, when you are an artist, you are your own boss so staying motivated takes a lot of discipline, but the pay off is so rewarding when you reach those milestones you dream of.
Guitar by True Spirit ArtThese pieces and more can be viewed here.

 

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