Lea K. Tawd, Artist of the Month
Lea’s art is heart-centered and focused on the spiritual exploration of the Divine Feminine. She uses acrylic and mixed media on wood panels. She explains “I leave the wood grain exposed (but stained to stand out) as the skin tone of my figures. In this way I get to display the original beauty of the wood and offer a more diverse interpretation of many of my figures.”.
In addition to being an artist, Lea is also a married mom of two who has lived in Portland, Oregon since 1997. She creates her art in her studio which stands in the back of her property and looks out onto a magical apple tree.
She knew making art was in her soul, and despite how difficult it was to get started she was determined to be an artist. She worked all kinds of different jobs from catering to working in a grain elevator, until tendonitis forced her out of traditional work in 2006. At that point she started an eBay business with a friend and over the years has lots and lots of side gigs helping other artists and artisans make their products. Working for herself gave her the time and space to heal, to be home for her oldest when they needed her, and to very slowly grow her art business.
Fast forward to 2020, and I found out that was true. After struggling for so many years, ironically this strange and difficult year proved to me that my art and my Reiki practice were not only my life purpose but that they are needed by the world and fully sustainable. I wrote and self-published my first book, “Creativity Unstuck: a toolbox for making more art,” and substantially grew my art and Reiki practices,” she explains.
She says supportive friends and family and being stubborn have kept her going when things are challenging. “If you knew how little money I made at this for how many years, you would wonder why in the world I kept at it! I just knew that it was my calling, and I couldn’t ever imagine doing anything else.”
The advice she would give to her younger self is “Don’t wait so long to let go of everything that’s holding you back, and just dive in!! Find a mentor who is already doing exactly what you want to be doing and ask for their help so you don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel. Also, you are right! All of your hard work will get you right where you want to go.”
This is the most supportive community I have ever been a part of, and I am especially surprised because the diversity of women and types of businesses is so vast. I have been inspired to support more MOB businesses, and use less big companies for as much as humanly possible. The MOB is not only an incredible support system, but has helped me become more aligned in my business,” she shares.
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