Today’s featured artist is someone I am very excited to share with you! Not only is he an amazing artist but he is an artist that promotes himself like no other. He’s also a good friend of mine who has taught me so much throughout the years; I feel very proud to know him.
Let me introduce Matt LeBlanc, an abstract artist from New Brunswick, Canada.
Unofficially, I would say all my life but I only started officially a little over 6 years ago. The first year was a bit slow but then it picked up really quickly and I never looked back. I now have a fan base of over 25,000 people and sold over 2,500 pieces in all corners of the world. I’m so grateful to be able to do this everyday and make a good living out of it.
Never in a million years did I think I was going to grow up and be an artist. I always envision myself being on top. Being on top of a big corporation and being the boss. I studied business at university and went on to work for a fairly big company. I started at the bottom and made my way to the top. After ten years, I finally got where I wanted to be and I had the ‘now what” feeling. Luckily, I had started painting on the side and my passion for it was growing by leaps and bounds. The day I realized that I was meant to be an artist is the day I realized my dream was so close to me. Six months after, I left my day job and fulfilled my dream.
Since a very young age, I’ve always tried to approach a project or a situation with a creative angle. I feel that being creative is what will give you an edge on your competition. This can be applied to any business and especially when you deal with the marketing side of your business. You have to set yourself apart from the others. Creativity will give you an edge. I always tell other artists to be creative outside their canvases.
The drive to succeed and the drive to be creative. I constantly create new projects and that motivates me. A few years ago, instead of doing a typical art show, I’ve decided to create an evening of art and entertainment called FUSION. That show has been selling out at 500 tickets for the past three years and it’s becoming one of the most popular shows around.
I consider every battle an accomplishment. If I were to pick one it’s probably the fact that I was able to build my business from nothing to where it is today. It’s not everyone who can quit a very good job and not have any financial stress. I consider myself very lucky but I’ve also worked my tail off the past six years to be in this position.
I have no regret because I make my own decisions. I made a few bad decisions over the years but I like to call that experience. I don’t regret anything. Surely I could say that I should have started painting earlier in my life even if I’m still quite young but I believe that things happen for a reason and it was probably not meant for me to start earlier. I was able to work ten years in marketing and that is helping my art business tremendously.
Ever since I started creating art, I started supporting various charities. I always had the attitude that I was given a gift of a talent so why not put it to good use. After raising over $75,000 for various charities during my short art career, I’ve decided to focus on something that was dearer to my heart. I’ve decided to raise funds in the memory of my sister that I lost to cancer. I basically work with kids to do art related projects which we in turn sell and give all the money back in forms of gifts to kids with life threatening diseases. So essentially it’s like kids helping kids. It’s a beautiful concept. In less then 8 months, we have raised over $10,000 already. It’s so much fun and kids are so creative.
I actually get all of my big ideas when I run or lift weights. It’s a way for me to disconnect but also to re-focus on my business. I don’t think entrepreneurs ever fully relax and unwind … do we? 😉
Here are a few places you can find Matt’s work