365 New Orleans: Jacquelyn LeVan

New Orleans artist


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Jacquelyn LeVan is from Baton Rouge, went to school in Lafayette, and is now a full-time artist in New Orleans. She always dreamt of being in New Orleans doing the one thing she loved the most.

With a degree in environmental science, Jacquelyn worked at the National Wetlands Research Center as a soil lab technician. She knew it wasn’t what she was destined for – art was her future.

A self-taught artist, her subject matter and materials change frequently. What doesn’t change is Jacquelyn always uses nature and the human figure as her inspiration.



1. Tell me more! 

I make graphite drawings. I turn some of them into special edition prints with layers of epoxy resin, in a frame with wildflowers around them. There are also regular prints available.  

Incorporating nature into my art is important to me. 


2. How long have you been in business? 

I’ve been making art since I was 10. My styles have changed over the years as well. I’ve been making art full-time though for 2 years.


3. How do people find you online? 

jacquelynlevan.com, Facebook, and Instagram @jacquelynlevan and @naturepreserved


4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

How long it takes to create each drawing. I spend anywhere from one to six months on a drawing.

I’m very detail oriented and I refuse to use blending tools – which is why they can take so long to make.


5. Lagniappe Info. 

5 days a week I can be found at the Palace Art Market.

I feel incredibly lucky to have this job!

Coming up, I will be participating in the Oddities and Curiosities Expo.


Check out Jacquelyn’s website and Instagram to buy her pieces! 


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