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Conversations with Jordan Fitzpatrick

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Fitzpatrick.

Hi Jordan, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
After being laid off from my HR job in April 2020 due to the pandemic, I had an epiphany. Sounds more monumental than it actually was… but that’s a story for another day (hint: lots and lots of tears and smiles).

I was done with a 9-5, done with office dynamics, done trying to persuade and trick myself into thinking that HR was where I truly wanted to be. So I picked up my markers and asked around if anyone needed me to paint words on things. I grabbed a travel set of watercolors and could not put them down. I invested in classes, materials and lots of personal time and have put together a business that might be growing slowly, but hey, progress is progress.

Today, I mostly focus on sharpening my watercolor skills, do an occasional save the date from time to time and love exploring color and shape whether it comes in the form of a flower or the human body.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
If anyone answers “yes” to this question, I would be shocked!

Of course, it hasn’t been easy. It’s easy to question yourself daily when you’re investing so much of your time into something that seems to move at a snails pace. But I’m okay with that. I’ve learned that taking things slow, truly learning lessons along the way is how I am able to make progress.

From accounting woes, trying to figure out how to file as a business, marketing, and Etsy failures – I’ve learned so much and wouldn’t change any of it.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
If I’m being honest, my business is still in its infancy. It started with some calligraphy for wedding signage for fun to make some extra cash when we went into lockdown in 2020, but I tapped into something that I can’t quit when I picked up some cheap watercolors along the way. They’ve given me a new sense of my artistic abilities that I didn’t know the bounds of because I had never invested this much time in them.

I would say that I’m known for my body positive drawings (mostly of female chests!). Growing up, as most girls are, I was self-conscious of my naked body. Always thinking that the societal norms that have been set for centuries didn’t apply to me, and therefore I was not beautiful. I’ve come a VERY long way, and with my depiction of a multitude of different breast types, I try my best to show that everybody is different and beautiful and worthy simple through showing a diverse selection.

I’m also known for my digital portraits. I will take any image you have and turn it into a digital piece of art. I believe that some moments are meant to live on forever and evoke a feeling of nostalgia.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
Oh, Baltimore.

Growing up right across the county line, I was able to explore Baltimore as if it were my playground as a teen. I love the sense of community and belonging that comes with it. We are also always the underdog, it feels. We’re not quite as big as a lot of other cities whom we are considered on par with, and we get a bad rap because of stereotypes and shows The Wire. I think that there is a lot of corruptness that happens in our city that keeps people in boxes, which is unfair.

I don’t know how to describe the feeling that Baltimore gives you. “Small-timore” is definitely a start, but it’s difficult not to fall in love with its charm.

Pricing:

  • Digital Portraits | $25-$75
  • Watercolors | $30-$350
  • Prints | $15-60
  • Wedding Signage/Calligraphy | Priced Per Order

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