Seattle may be known for its niche cafes and quaint waterways, but locals know it’s also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is full of artists that we love to feature every week on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at [email protected] And if you are wondering what constitutes art, this is the beauty of it; It’s yours! Discover all our artists of the past week in our dedicated section.

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? What mediums do you work with?
Leslie LaCroix: For 27 years. The medium I use the most is graphite. I have experience with others like markers, scratchboard, calligraphy, and charcoal. I also have fun with origami, photography, colored pencils and pastel.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages unfold?
I’ll feel like I want to do a certain medium, and then I’ll find a photo to draw, create something, or be asked to draw something special. I set up my drawing utensils and select the right paper and size, get the right lighting, and then position the paper and image correctly before starting. I do a light sketch and make sure the size is well proportioned. From there, I slowly build the design with layers of shading and final sketches.

Tell us where your inspiration for your art comes from.
I love to see how much I improve over time. It’s a fun skill to have. I can get lost in my own world. It is also a joy to see the reactions of people to their donation.

Do you have a specific “beat” that you like the most – nature, food, profiles, etc.? ?
Usually I find myself drawing people and animals. Pretty much anything, however.

Do you have a work of art that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
There are a few pieces that mean more to me. In high school, I won first place in a drawing competition in Texas. And more recently, a drawing I made of my nephew and my niece.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Encouragement from my husband and sister. Be able to run errands and learn as you go.

If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
I have a Facebook page called Cartoons LaCroix. I also have an Instagram @ Lalacroix_85.

What’s next for you? Something that you are working on right now that you are really passionate about?
Right now I have a few things for my family to do. My next drawing will be Mount Rainier for my grandparents or a drawing by Nicola Tesla for my husband. I was also invited to make a drawing for an auction. The auction is for Huskies in need.

Finally, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
My favorite coffee lately has been a Caramel Frappuccino. I also like regular and peppermint mokas.





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