Today we’d like to introduce you to Leslie Pierce.
Leslie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was a child, in New York, my grandmother framed and hung my drawings in her home. I thought that was amazing and felt very happy and enjoyed the knowledge that my art had brought her joy. That was my earliest memory of exhibiting art. I was sold. I attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned my first Art Degree. Directly after, I opened my first studio in a building called The ArtPlex in Austin, – where I actively held exhibits and sold art. I taught Drawing and Painting classes for The Austin Museum of Art’s Art School and privately for over 10 years. Upon selling 8 paintings in my last studio during an Open Studio in Austin, I packed up my Life Drawing stand and drawing benches, a few other belongings and my art supplies and moved to San Diego at the end of January 2014. I had been researching and wanting to do for years and finally did it.
Since my relocation, I have continued to work hard on a large painting series called “Code Defied” that I began in 2013 and is ongoing. You can see a sample of this series on both of these websites: www.artistlesliepierce.com and on my dedicated website for my lovely studio in Liberty Station, “AND Something Different Studio Gallery”, located in Barracks 19, Studio 202: www.andsomethingdifferentart.com
Along with Fine Art and small Gift Art on display for purchase, I offer specialized Art Workshops in Encaustic Painting, Oil Painting, and Mixed Media.
I love the reactions I see when people come to the studio and connect to my art. It is a shared experience and we all need beauty in the world now. I definitely want to keep contributing in maintaining that.
Has it been a smooth road?
Success does not always move in a straight line upward. Sometimes, it takes major hills and deep valleys but I am a firm believer in persistence and doing what you are truly meant to do. All the hardships are worth it to be an original artist and to share your talents.
One challenge for me was relocating to a new art community. It was naive to think it would be very easy. I was very well known in Austin and the press loved me. It has taken a little while but I am finally settling in and hope your article starts a new trend in art coverage here. Thank You!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the And Something Different Studio Gallery story. Tell us more about the business.
AND Something Different Studio Gallery specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind original, Contemporary Art that is a perfect fit for any room in your home or office.
ASDSG specializes in one-of-a-kind Oil paintings and Encaustic Art. Made with quality, archival materials to last, we offer small mini art from 6×6″ up to large contemporary oil paintings. Commissions are available.
In addition to works of art, we offer specialized Encaustic Painting Workshops and Private Lessons in Drawing, oil and Acrylic Painting.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
As more people continue to buy online, I see a shift towards many people wanting an in- person experience of the art. This is where maintaining a brick and mortar with an online store will benefit everyone.
- Encaustic mini’s: $35- $150
- Original Oil Paintings: $475 and up
- Fine Art Photography: $150-$300
- Address: AND Something Different Studio Gallery
2690 Historic Decatur Rd. Studio 202
San Diego, Ca. 92106
- Website: www.andsomethingdifferentart.com
- Phone: 760-623-6453
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andsomethingdifferentstudio/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andsomethingdifferentart/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/and-something-different-studio-gallery-san-diego
- Other: www.artistlesliepierce.com