Today we’d like to introduce you to Lesli Marshall.
Lesli, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I would say I’m pretty much self-taught when it comes to painting and creating. I took art classes in college but really loved trying all mediums and then mixing them together. When I graduated, I knew I wanted to do something creative. I worked for a consulting firm for a few months and realized it was something I could do on my own….I wanted to be creative with the client and be able to design out spaces. In 2007, I started Articulation Art, a consulting/design firm that focuses on custom artworks and installations, as well as full design. Over the last ten years, the business has grown organically and helps facilitate different projects with other designers as well as direct with the client. Curating has become a large part of the process these days. I have loved being able to work with other artist and collaborate on projects and spaces. Looking forward to more of that for sure!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road less traveled is what they say….but the road is very bumpy. There are cliffs you have to jump off not being able to see the bottom and many, scary turns. Over the years, to be a full time artist/entrepreneur there have been a number of obstacles. The market, the opportunities, the building of the business. You have to be willing to be told no over and over again and for some people to hate your work and you be okay with that. But at the end, I always say “It takes all kinds” Alan Watts is someone I listen to on repeat and he says, everyone is into something, and if you are good at what you do and master it, people will pay high dollar for it. I’ve really taken that to heart. I always share that people should follow what makes them tick…it’s what pays the most every time, and that is having fulfilled your soul and your gift is being used.
Please tell us about Articulation Art.
The business offers multiple creative services from full design to one of a kind custom pieces. I work side by side with architect and design firms to facilitate art programs and installations. Bar and restaurant design has been a huge thing for me as well. One of my favorite projects is a double Speakeasy in Downtown Fort Worth called Thompson’s. Another huge component of the company has become curating. For the last 2.5 years, I have been curating a huge headquarters for the mortgage company, Mr. Cooper. We have over 200 art installations from local artists and it’s incredible. I would say it’s the largest contemporary museum within the walls of a corporate headquarters. I feel my business stands apart because I try and be very in tune with my clients and hands on. I want to make sure that the process is smooth and the end result is perfect. Repeat business and referrals are key and after ten years, it’s only getting better. I am thrilled with what’s to come…
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I don’t know if I would change anything. The process is where the majority of growth happens. I am constantly learning as I go, and if it hadn’t been for the mistakes I’ve made in the past, I don’t think I would be as successful today.
I would say that I put too much emphasis on people’s opinions in the beginning but I’ve grown to trust my instincts and follow my gut.
- Website: www.articulationart.com
- Phone: 817-235-0661
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: LM_artndesign