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Meet Trailblazer Lacy M. Freeman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lacy M. Freeman.

Lacy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I always dreamed of being an artist. I considered myself to be artsy but wasn’t practicing on the daily – I had a dead end job that took too much mental space and didn’t fulfill my creative needs. So, when the opportunity showed it’s little head, I pounced on it. My husband and I sold everything we owned, moved from central Florida to Atlanta, and that’s when I started my career as a freelance artist.

That was in 2014 and I haven’t looked back since!

Has it been a smooth road?
My creative career has not always been so smooth. There were months where I didn’t make as much money as I needed to and had to take on work or jobs that weren’t really in my style or what I wanted to do, just to make ends meet. But, I learned a lot from those experiences and those “odd” jobs taught me lessons that are still applicable to the work I do now. I like telling younger women who are just starting their journey to not be afraid to take risks, don’t shy away from hard work and most importantly, don’t be discouraged the first few times things don’t go your way. Learn from those lessons and keep moving forward and remember the reasons why you are doing whatever it is you are doing.

We’d love to hear more about LMF art + illustration.
I’m a painter best known for playful paintings of animal portraits. Using mostly acrylic on canvas, I create whimsical, fun originals with an emphasis on proportion and personality. Each animal receives a name and is painted in true portrait orientation, giving the viewer a chance to face the animal and connect with them on a more personal level. Even though my work is inspired by nature, the focus is more casual, colorful, and emotional.

Color theory is my favorite part of art + design. I mix most of my own paint colors from primary, black and white. I love the way colors evoke certain feelings and I use it to best capture east distinct individual personality and story. I pay a lot of attention to current trends in home and decor and utilize color palettes that are currently in style to create pieces that will fit perfectly into people’s homes.

Painting people’s pets have become a large part of my work in the past year, and lucky for me, it’s my favorite part of my job! People love their pets so much. I always feel so honored when a person hires me to commemorate their pet.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
Generally speaking, I believe the biggest barriers are discrimination, stereotypes, and prejudice. There isn’t any lack of competence, qualifications, talent, or intelligence in women.


  • Pup Portraits and Commission prices start at $200

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Image Credit:
Krys Alex Photography

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