We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Lee Sanders and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica Lee, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
So many things! But if I had to narrow it down, I would say true, raw emotion. When people approach me and say that they can sense what the person in my painting or drawing is feeling, I know that I have succeeded. Many times, people are resistant to share how they are truly feeling. I aim to evoke that emotion through my work. Traveling, meeting new people, and exploring different environments & cultures inspire me to become a better artist.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My work is charged by emotions. Everyone is going through something. I aim to portray the internal struggle of living in society and unveil repressed sentiments that people are resistant to share. I am currently very excited to have my work in a feature film called “The Beta Test” coming out next year. Last fall, the production company, Vanishing Angle, rented out my work for their film. I have never taken this route before as an artist, so it’s very exciting for me! I hope to have more opportunities like this in the future. I am a self-taught artist, so getting to where I am today wasn’t easy. I was grateful to land a job at the Los Angeles Art School, Pastimes for a Lifetime with Owner/Instructor, Linda Wehrli, where I could learn about modern day masters and interview them for the school’s blog. I took a couple of workshops that the studio held and kept studying in my free time. Lessons I’ve learned as an artist are: never compare yourself to others, draw even when you’re not in the mood, follow your gut, talk to other creatives, find what inspires you, put your ego to the side, and never give up.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That all depends on traffic. (haha) For an afternoon picnic, I love Echo Park Lake or the Silverlake Reservoir. For hiking, I am a fan of Charmlee in Malibu or Griffith Park. There are so many good restaurants, it’s hard to pick. But some of my favs are Little Pine, Sqirl, Honey Hi, and Badmaash, The Echo and Zebulon have great shows, too! (When Covid isn’t a thing…)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Linda Wehrli, Pastimes for a Lifetime. Inc., Owner/Instructor Boss Babe. Mentor. Friend!