Hi. I’m Leigh Ann.
I’m an artist and a writer living in Austin, TX. When I was three years old, I had my picture in the Dallas Morning News feeding the ducks, and I’ve since spent the last 37 years trying to match that level of fame.
I moved to Austin from Dallas to attend the University of Texas’s College of Fine Arts, met my husband, and just never left. After college I took a break from art to get a “real job,” (overrated) and spent the next several years working for a financial institution. I left there after I delivered my twins 9 weeks premature and decided to stay home covered in babies.
Since then I have been writing, blogging, and storytelling across Austin. I served as co-producer for Austin’s Listen to Your Mother show from 2015 – 2017 and graced the stage in the storytelling show Testify, as well as having writing all over the internet.
Years after putting my art supplies away and thinking that chapter of my life was over, I felt the urge to create again. I needed something positive in a world and political climate that felt so out of control. I read everything I could about creativity, completed a couple of 100 Day Projects, followed a ton of artists on Instagram and finally realized that the best way to regain my creativity was to just sit down and do the work. So that’s where I am now. Drawing, painting, learning, and writing about it.
In my day job I work as the Managing Editor for Hand to Hold, a nonprofit that provides peer support for NICU families. I live in Austin with my husband and three kids, none of whom complain that I’ve completely taken over the kitchen table with my art supplies. They are all pretty talented artists themselves (except for my husband, but he has other talents, mainly keeping our technology up to par).