Today I am sharing an interview I did with artist Jimmy Leslie. This is a new interview series I am calling Artist in Residence.
I heard this great quote on the web recently: “On the bright side, I am no longer calling this shelter-in-place. I am now an artist-in-residence.” It got me thinking about how times of adversity and challenge are often what inspire action and creation for us artists.
I decided to seek out some peers whom I admire and ask them how they are using this time to be working artists. What has changed for them? Where are they finding room to create at home if they previously worked in an offsite studio, out-of-doors, or are now sharing a home studio with other working-from-home family members? What are they creating now – is it influenced by the current situation or on a similar path as before? Are they feeling called to action or struggling to create?
Everyone is responding differently to this crisis. Let’s learn how others are coping with their new status as Artists in Residence.
A little bit about this video: I met Jimmy years ago at a trade show in Germany and have enjoyed ever since following his art, working on special projects with him, and just being friends with such an enthusiastic and supportive person. In this interview, Jimmy talks about his role as a Resident Artist for an art materials company, his passion for sharing his artistic knowledge in a judgement-free way, and the variety in his day-today activities as a working artist. He discusses the ups and downs of putting yourself out there and connecting through technology, the challenges that artists can face with creating in this climate of crisis, and his own artistic journey that is ongoing. We chat about inspiration, working in sketchbooks, and the benefits of working with different media.
You can learn more about Jimmy and see his gorgeous work at: https://www.instagram.com/jimmyleslieart/