Artist Interview: Meet Jillian Lefevre
Jillian Lefevre but people know me as @hallie_Leigh on Instagram.
Where are you from?
What is your medium(s) of choice?
My main love is resin but I also dabble in polymer clay and I work with acrylic paints.
How did you get started in your craft?
I actually started in 2015 as a hobby with no intention of selling. I did a lot of "Live" videos on Instagram and people started messaging me that they wanted to purchase my pieces. It just took off from there.
If you could give one piece of advice to all up-and-coming artists, what would it be?
Be patient. Nothing happens overnight. You will have a lot of fails but with those fails, you will learn and have many successful outcomes. If it is something you love to do just keep pushing.
What’s one thing you absolutely could not live without (in your studio or in general)?
Glitter. Everything should sparkle! I love glitter and I incorporate it in everything that I do.
What inspires your creativity?
My daughter actually inspires me a lot. She is very bright and bubbly. She loves what I do and has shown interest in resin. I told her maybe once she is older since she is only 6 years old.
If you could choose one song to be the theme song for your life, what would it be?
This is a hard one. I love music and I feel like this would change weekly if not daily. Maybe Yesterday by The Beatles.
How has your art changed over time?
I feel like I have gotten cleaner in style and that my colors are better. My Art 'N Glow resin definitely has helped with the shine that resembles glass.
What’s your favorite color palette to work with?
I love blue, purple and pink. I throw black or white in there on occasion but I love colors.
If your art was edible, what do you think it would taste like?
What’s your scariest experience as an artist?
I was doing a Live video and was mixing resin. My resin was coming to the end and part B shot in my eye. I ran to the bathroom. My Live was still going. I flushed out my eye scared I was going to go blind. I now stress every time to wear safety glasses!!!
Editor's note: It's always a good idea to wear eye protection and other PPE when working with chemicals. We're glad everything worked out for Jillian!
Do you ever feel discouraged? How do you work through slumps in creativity?
Often. I take a break and draw, cook and/or work with clay. Sometimes taking a step back un-fogs my brain to get creative again.
What is your dream project?
To work on pieces for celebrities.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Right where I am. I love being close to my family and family is the most important thing to me.
Who are your biggest influences?
My teacher Alicia was the one who told me I'd be great at this. I had a lot of doubt but she told me you will be great and she pushed me. I'm grateful that she did.
"I think the people I need to thank the most is my family. My husband has been behind me on this dream from the start. My daughter is such a supportive little angel. My parents and my sister both are very supportive. And my friend Erena who has been my number 1 supporter outside my family."
- Jillian Lefevre