I always dreamed of being an artist. I considered myself to be artsy but wasn't practicing on the daily - I had a dead end job that took too much mental space and didn't fulfill my creative needs. So, when the opportunity showed it's little head, my husband and I pounced on it. We sold everything we owned, moved from central Florida to Atlanta, and my dream job was about to become my real job!
What started as just a silly llama painting grew into so much more.
That was in 2014. It took a couple of months of experimenting before my signature style developed. I began studying color theory and it quickly became my favorite part of art + design. I started practicing color mixing, and I still create almost all of my own paint colors from primary, black and white.
I'm a total bird nerd and an even bigger dog person, so naturally animals became a source of undying inspiration. It all started with a couple of colorful llamas. Then giraffes. Things accelerated and I started painting all sorts of animals! My original paintings were selling quickly and I asked myself " Will I ever stop painting animals?!".
I decided to continue following my passion for painting animals.
The face behind the canvas.
I live in the Inman Park neighborhood of Atlanta with my husband, Chris. We get to share our time and couch space with two dogs, Earl and Jay. I go by my full name, Lacy M. Freeman, because I think it sounds so formal and professional. Despite my punny nature, I work really hard at maintaining a certain level of professionalism. Pushing that aside, here are three things you should know about me:
I'm completely obsessed with nature documentaries and I rewatch Planet Earth videos on repeat. My favorite film is My Life as a Turkey. It's about a man, Joe Hutto, who spends a year practicing imprinting (raising from young) on a group of wild turkey, and and writes in a journal about his daily experiences and personalities of these turkey. It's more emotional than scientific, and that's something I both appreciate and apply to my art.
My favorite animal is the Sandhill Crane. I feel a deep connection to them and always have. During migration season, I can hear their calls from my studio while they are heading north and south! When I was young, my father would pull off the side of the road to point them out. That's because there are less than 5,000 of the Florida Sandhill Crane subpopulation remaining, and he wanted to make sure we took notice. Back in the forties, there were less than 1,000 of the Greater Sandhill population remaining, and now there are several hundred thousand! For me, the Sandhill Crane represents 'hope'. If the Sandhill Crane's population can be helped and brought back to a healthier number, then perhaps the Florida Sandhill and it's cousin, the Whooping Crane, whose numbers are at about 310, can make a comeback, also!