Hello! I'm Leana Fischer, the artist and designer behind May We Fly.
This little shop of mine is devoted to all things delightful. It started back in 2014 as a place to share my artwork with family and friends, and slowly but surely has grown into a full-fledged business. My products are created to celebrate simple pleasures and add beauty to daily life. I'm most inspired by the world around me and love finding beauty in the little things.
My primary medium is watercolor, which has been my teacher along the journey as I've learned how to harness its challenges and embrace the limits of my own control. Its transparency has taught me to create confident strokes, and its fluidity has shown me how to play and let go. It is a constant process of trial and error as I continue to develop as an artist and grow my skills as a painter.
Thank you for following along!
"The frame does not change the moment, but it changes our way of perceiving the moment. It makes us notice the moment..." - Frederick Buechner
Both of my parents are artists, so my creativity growing up was very encouraged. I always loved to draw, and chose to take drafting class in high school instead of art. That led me into the field of architecture, which I studied in college and did professionally for a number of years. I enjoyed designing buildings, but never felt quite myself in an office setting and found much of the work to be creatively frustrating.
In 2013, I married my husband Dan and moved to Fayetteville (from Virginia) so that he could pursue his PhD in History. This left me temporarily without work, so I used the extra time to get back into my painting and drawing, which I hadn't done much of since college. I fell in love with it all over again and started to take it more seriously. After about a year, I started my little shop, May We Fly, as a place to sell the pieces I was creating. Slowly but surely, over a number of years, it grew into a full-fledged business, which is where we are today. (For a more detailed version of this story, you can read about it here on my blog).
A Few Fun Facts
- Penguins have been my favorite animal since 7th grade, when I made one out of papier-mâché in art class.
- In high school I played basketball and softball, both of which I am now horrible at.
- I LOVE to teach, and regularly teach pottery and watercolor classes.
- Dan and I started gardening three years ago and are now obsessed.
- Our house was built in 1885.
- If I had five other lives I would also be a full time potter, a food blogger, a photographer, and gardener with a small hobby farm. ;)
Get in Touch!
I always LOVE hearing from friends and customers. If you've got any questions or would just like to say hello, hop over to my contact page and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Local friends, my studio shop is open every Friday between 1 and 6pm. Visitors make my day, so please feel free to drop in any time. The address is: 221 S. Block Ave, #6 (right by Local Color Studio Gallery).
If you own a shop and are interested in carrying May We Fly products, you can find more information on my Wholesale Page.