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Artist of the Week: Leslie LaCroix

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at hello@seattlerefined.com. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you! See all of our past Artists of the 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, such as markers, scratchboard, calligraphy and charcoal. I also mess around with origami, photography, color pencils, and pastel.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I'll have a feeling of wanting to do a certain medium, and then I'll find a pic to draw, I'll create something, or I'll be asked to draw something particular. I set up my drawing utensils and select the right paper and size, get the right lighting, and then position the paper and picture correctly before I start. I do a light sketch and make sure the size is proportioned right. From there, I slowly build the drawing with layers of shading and final sketches.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art comes from.
I like to see how much better I get as time goes on. It's a fun skill to have. I can get lost in my own world. It brings joy, too, to see the people's reactions to their gift.

Do you have a specific "beat" you like best – nature, food, profiles, etc.?
Usually, I find myself drawing people and animals. Pretty anything, though.

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

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
My husband's and sister's encouragement. Being able to do commissions and learning as I go.

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

What is next for you? Anything you're working on right now that you're really excited about?
Right now, I have a few things to do for my family. My next drawing will be Mount Rainier for my grandparents or a drawing of Nicola Tesla for my husband. I have also been invited to do a drawing for an auction. The auction is for Huskies in need.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
My favorite coffee lately has been a caramel frappuccino. I also like regular and peppermint mochas.

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