We had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Jordan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leah, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I was in the 6th grade, I took a beginners art class. I fell in love with art. By 7th grade, I was in the advanced class. I continued to pursue art through high school, however my senior year, I really started to develop my individual style as an artist. After one of my friends posted a piece of my artwork on her Instagram, people began to reach out asking where they could see more. I remember a fellow artist, a photographer, from Instagram helped convince me to start an art page. Once I had my art Instagram page up, I started to get lots of questions about selling my artwork. At that point, I started to think about starting a business, but I always chickened out when considering the logistics behind it. My sister came to me in April of 2020 with the idea of starting a business together. My sister went to business school. She is incredible when it comes to entrepreneurial instincts and skills. Take my love and passion for creating art, add my sisters creative business mind and entrepreneurial skills, and just like that Leah Jordan Artwork was born.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been creating artwork since the 5th grade. As one can imagine, it has been quite a journey. I was trained classically which gave me a fundamental skillsets. As I matured as an artist, though, I started exploring untraditional mediums. In high school, I took two years of formal jewelry making at school. I, also, started exploring 3D art through fashion design at the Glassell School of Art, the teaching institute of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. These classes inspired me to start mixing mediums. I began to combine mediums like charcoal and steel wool. I began painting on cardboard. My favorite discovery was and still is hot glue. Incorporating traditional and untraditional mediums in the same piece is a trend in my artwork. I feel it sets my work apart as an artist. It, also, reflects who I am as an individual. Getting to where I am today has definitely been quite a journey. Although, it has been a dream of mine to be a professional artist, I have struggled to see it as a reality throughout my life. Because of my sister, that dream is now a reality. I can’t classify my journey as easy or hard. Everything in life comes with its challenges, but my art has always been extremely personal to me. On a personal level, I have always gotten so much out of it. I think the biggest challenge I have faced and overcome is sharing my art with the world. My art pieces are a major form of communication. They are visual representations of how I see the world, or how I am feeling. One of the most important lessons I have learned is that it ok to share these things with the world. What I think matters, and it is ok to share that. Starting this business with my sister, and sharing my art has been extremely empowering.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Welcome to Houston! We will start with breakfast at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery in Montrose. Next, we will venture over to Memorial park for a nice long walk. For lunch, we will grab wings at Buffalo Wild Wings. Then, we will hop over to Kirby Ice House for drinks. For dinner we will settle in at The 401 in Bellaire. They have the best brussel sprouts! We will end the night at Heights Bier Garden talking, laughing, and having a grand old time!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My sister, Hava Schultz, deserves tons of credit. She is the co-founder of Leah Jordan Artwork, and runs most of the behind the scenes logistics. I would not be where I am today without her. In addition, I want to recognize three art teachers who played integral role in my journey as an Artist. Elena Camero, the art teacher at Condit Elementary School, recognized my natural talent when I was in 5th grade. She lead me to my artistic path. Christina Gonzalez, the art teacher at Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, helped me establish a strong artistic foundation. She gave me a solid technical foundation to keep me on my artistic path. Mary Rogers, the art teacher at Bellaire High School, encouraged me to explore new styles of art. Because of this, I feel I was able to understand my style as an artist. She helped me discover who I am on my artistic path. These amazing women deserve so much credit for who I am as an artist today. Without them and their support, I would not be the artist I am today.