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Art & Life with Lewis Rossignol

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lewis Rossignol.

Lewis, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Although I’ve always drawn, and had creative endeavors, up until about 5 years ago they were always just a hobby. I didn’t go to college after high school so ended up working many jobs that I hated for fifteen years before finally deciding that I wanted to go back to school to pursue my art. So, at the age of 34 I started going to Maine College of Art and graduated with a BFA in Illustration in 2017. Over the last couple of years, I’ve built a large online following that has enabled me to work full time as an artist for the last year.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Since I was very young I had tics, mostly in my face, and after being diagnosed with Tourettes, I was prescribed a bunch of different medications to try to minimize my symptoms, and none of them helped. I’ve found that the only time that my tics seems to disappear is when I’m making art, particularly drawing. So, even though I do enjoy making art, it’s also very therapeutic to me and I would do it even if nobody else liked what I did. So, the fact that people respond to my art is just a bonus. I don’t like to say what people should take from my work because I think it should be open ended. If the subject matter really touches someone because it reminds them of something personal that’s great. But if someone else just likes the way my work looks, that’s fine too.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?

Don’t sit back and wait for people to find you and your art. You have to actively get your art in front of as many eyes as possible.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?

I have a website, lewisrossignolart.com, but I don’t update that as often as I should. The best way to keep up with what I’m doing is to follow me on Instagram @ instagram.com/lewisrossignol and I’ve also recently started a YouTube Channel at youtube.com/lewisrossignol. And I sell my work through Etsy, which is linked through my website. I do ship everywhere in the world.

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