About Anne Leuck
Anne Leuck is a visual storyteller, creating imagery inspired by her own life journey. She utilizes traditional painting and drawing, as well as digital media, journaling and ceramics. Her private and commercial commissions include murals and public art. Anne has licensed her designs for stationery and home décor products. Her artwork has appeared on billboards, in movies, books, TV and magazines. Anne’s pieces hang in private collections globally. Anne is well loved for her pet portraiture style as well as her work with the animal welfare community. Additionally, she is known for her original paintings which are often informed by the work in her sketchbooks.
Anne has maintained a daily sketchbook practice for 20 years. She began teaching her process and its benefits in 2005. She’s created a variety of in-person and online courses and workshops. Anne will be launching her Transformational Sketchbook Journaling Masterclass Suite in the Fall of 2021. For more information about Anne Leuck and her classes visit her website.
Art Walk Interview with Anne Leuck
Eager to know what an art vacation with Anne Leuck is like? Anne took the time to answer our artists’ questions about her background, inspiration and teaching style.
Why do you do what you do?
First, by teaching I get to be with people in the real world. It’s a bonus an artist working solo doesn’t get.
Second, I learn so much! I have fabulous conversations. There is a sharing of ideas, tools, processes, lives, experiences…tips for living, working, making art, food, healthier lives, souls…
Third, sharing my process is great fun! I love rekindling the art of play in my students. You can see the transformation as they realize they never lost ‘it’. It brings me great joy when I see how my method of journaling gives people insight. They discover ways they can capture and celebrate the everyday. They notice simple things and foster their own creativity. This in turn enriches their lives and inspires those around them. A beautiful thing!
What inspires you?
I am inspired by color and life: flora, fauna and the imagery from my own personal journey. Growing up in a small town, I’ve always had an equal love for rural and urban areas, so travels and landscapes appeal to me as much as beautiful architecture and even more industrial areas…I have the ability to see beauty where others do not….with the addition of my own color palette, of course!
What attracts you about travel journaling?
I have taught a class called Travelogue for the last 4 years. This will be the epitome of that workshop! We get to enjoy the vacation and record it in real time. Such a magical opportunity, I am just thrilled for the experience and to share it with all of you!
Why do students attend your courses?
My students attend my courses because they are fun. I create my classes to be a place of adventure, exploration and self-discovery. In a very short amount of time, students find they have their own specific style and experience the joy of seeing the unique beauty in each of their own lives unfolding on the page in words and images, in playful color, pattern and heart. My students’ appreciate my “come as you are” and “all talents are celebrated” environment.
What have you learned from creating while you travel?
Creating while you travel slows you down and allows you to see things you might otherwise miss. Through my travels here in the U.S., and abroad, I’ve learned to expand my visual vocabulary after seeing ancient architecture, tropical trees, plants, and new and interesting landscapes. At times, I will take photos and make quick sketches to work from at a later time, especially if the weather is rainy or very warm. I love drawing in airports to pass the time, capturing the excitement before the trip, the planes and luggage…even drawing the clothes I’m packing before the trip!