We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Lewchuk and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lauren, what matters most to you?
A principle that has always been of great importance to me is staying true to myself. This especially applies to my career as an artist. It can be easy getting caught up in what everyone else thinks… worrying about whether everyone likes your style and what you’re doing, always keeping up with current trends, constantly trying to appeal to a larger and larger audience, etc. I don’t think I would get very far if I was focusing so much on all those things, rather I think I would lose myself and not stand out. It’s important to have your own voice and to be unique and offer something that isn’t often seen or experienced. I’ve never really seen the point in “fitting in”. Also you’re simply not going to please everybody. There’s a lot of value in figuring out who YOUR people are and focusing on your niche. The right people will come to you for being who you are and those are the people that matter. Just be you. 

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am mainly an abstract botanical artist. My work is very nature inspired. I think what sets me apart is how intricately detailed and colorful my work is and of course the fact that I don’t sketch anything out beforehand, my process is very intuitive. I’ve been working in this particular style for almost two years now however my work has been of a similar theme and very organic in nature for a long time. It seems to come very naturally to me. I would say I’m proud of the fact that I decided to actually enter the art scene and get my work out there and to be seen even though I wasn’t sure if I was ready and I didn’t really know how to go about it. I was also feeling really unfulfilled in the jobs I had previously which helped me even more realize that I need to be doing art. The hardest part for me tends to be meeting people and networking. I’m pretty introverted so it’s out of my comfort zone but some really cool experiences and opportunities have come from the relationships I’ve made. I think the most important lesson to learn is to just keep going. Even when it feels like you’re not getting anywhere, just keep making art and keep showing people. Opportunities will come.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I currently live in Arlington so most of what I do tends to be there. Some of my favorite restaurants are Beirut Cafe, India Grill, iCafe for Ramen, Savor for coffee, Urban Alchemy for coffee AND wine. I like going to antique stores and finding random cool stuff so we’d probably visit the Cooper Street Antique Mall, could easily spend hours there. Lone Star Axe Throwing is really fun. I also like to be outdoors and go for walks so River Legacy would be great for that. I’m really pretty low key lol.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There has been so much support and encouragement since I entered the art scene around two years ago, mostly from other artists I’ve gotten to know since then, as well as family members and co-workers. A few who have been very helpful and encouraging especially recently are Bree Smith, Rose Rambo (Vitruvian Art), and Svitlana Martynjuk (founder of All She Makes).

Website: https://www.artbylewchuk.com/
Instagram: @art_by_lewchuk
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-lewchuk-aa443594/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LEWCHUK
Other: https://www.pinterest.com/laurenlewchuk/_created/

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