We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacey Lee Webber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacey Lee, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have always wanted to be able to support myself financially working as an artist full time. My artwork is a passion that I continually have ideas to create both conceptually and technically. Being able to support myself with my passion is a dream that has come true for the past 5 years. When your work is your passion it is not work at all… it is expression of your being.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a working artist, I have to say my lifestyle isn’t for everyone. Work never ends! and that’s how I like it. I am endlessly thinking about my practice and am fully engrossed in how to continue to make my art stronger all the time. Often times I can be a work horse that is task oriented; I have been fortunate to have people in my life that dream big and encourage me to do the same… the bigger I dream the seems the more I can accomplish. Having thick skin and relentless self esteem is a requirement to being a self-sustaining artist.
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?
I have my art studio and live in an amazing community of artists and entrepreneurs at the Globe Dye Works building in Philadelphia. I would first give my friend a tour of the building and see if I can pop-in anyone’s space to bug them to see what they are up to. Then we might take a walk on the Tacony-Frankford Creek Trail to see some nature and pick up dinner from Ekta Indian restaurant in Fishtown… finally a drink on the rooftop of the BOK bar in south Philly. Philly has so much to do – other favorite walking spots include Eastern State Penitentiary, Mutter Museum and Philadelphia Zoo.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A huge shoutout to my husband and fellow artist Joseph Leroux @j.o.s.e.p.h.l.e.r.o.u.x. Joe and I work side by side everyday in our live-in studio space on the Northeast side of Philadelphia. I am lucky enough to be able to share creative ideas and work together in a supportive partnership.