Teacher Spotlight: Jacquie Leavitt

Our growing class list would be quite difficult to pull off without the awesome instructors we've been so honored to meet.  We'd like to give you the same opportunity to get to know our Chattery teachers a bit better. 

So, here are four questions to help you get to know Jacquie Leavitt, an amazing artist who will be teaching us how to make fun mixed media ornaments for presents or our own trees!

Jacquie Leavitt is a self-taught mixed media painter specializing in whimsical art. Jacquie sells her art in local markets and has now branched out to art festivals in the southeast, showing in local galleries and teaching at art retreats around us. In her work, she uses lots of color and texture. her work usually contains an inspirational quote or two as well. Much of her work contains several different materials including collage, acrylic, watercolor, oil pastels, soft pastels, ink, markers, graphite and charcoal. she often prints her own papers to use in her collage work. She stays busy painting and raising her seven year old daughter, Victoria, who also loves to make art.

How did you get started in your profession?

I was working in property management, but due to the economy, I was laid off. I started painting to help pass the time and fell in love with it. I started selling my work at a local market a year later.

Why do you love Chattanooga?

Chattanooga is so diverse and embraces the arts. It's an amazing place for an artist.

What's one topic you'd like to learn through The Chattery?

I would love to learn more about marketing my business as well as fabric dying.

What's something someone would be surprised to learn about you?

That I'm an accountant.