My Artist Journey Part 1

I told you I’d do another post today! I’m actually excited to share this with you because it’s been a long time coming, I’ve had my two cups of coffee, so here goes! BTW I am no were near a writer, so all you writers and grammar people, please excuse my writing!

To write this post, I have to think back to when I first started in the licensing business in 2007, 5 years after my son was born. It’s been a wonderful experience, both ups and downs along the way. Looking back I wish that I shared more of it on my blog, but I honestly didn’t have the confidence in my work to share so much, now I know how important it is to share both, the good and the bad.

I got my BA in illustration and art, then soon after I had kids. So I put my career on hold to be a stay home mommy, the best career I ever had, then this one. All the years I was being a mom, I had this dream of being a full time artist, I didn’t know how I was going to do it, I just knew that I would. The excitement, the possibilities and the mystery is what kept my dream alive.

Once my youngest son started kindergarten, it was then I began my long road of becoming what I always dreamed of. It started with a very unusual part time job that I did not like to say the least. At the time, I didn’t know this would lead me into licensing, but God had his plan and I was just beginning to see some of it!

While my son was in Kindergarten, I got a job working part time with a local company who manufactured Christian products with licensed artists. I was hired to design the products, but my manager, at the time wanted to do it ALL herself instead of managing! She would give me the super creative jobs, like making the product labels and filing. Woohoo I was thrilled everyday! The good news is, I learned about licensing and thought to myself, now this is what I want to do. I actually showed them some of my work one day and they just was like, hmmmm! I asked my manager time and time again if I could do something more than labels and filing with no luck. So after 6 months I couldn’t take and went into her office and said, “I want to leave”, she said with a disappointed look, “ok, when” and I said, “Now!!”. I’m kinda gutsy like that! I just knew I had bigger fish to fry!

So in 2008, began my journey of creating art for licensing. I set up a little area in my home for painting. I painted and painted and painted, and loved every minute of it. I felt like I was finally doing what I was meant to do. Next week I will share part 2 of how I started in the licensing business and a very ‘interesting person’ that shows up at my first art trade show. I hope you enjoyed reading Part 1 of my story. Have a great weekend everyone!

IMG_3380_058_058In Lake Tahoe with my babies. My kids are 19 and 14 now! 2006




  1. Thanks so much for sharing your story. Your journey is an inspiration to me, and having these posts about the details is very helpful to me.

    • Lesley says

      Thank you! I enjoyed sharing it. I’m not sure how many parts there will be, so many details 🙂

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