Made simply to delight.
Hi! I'm Leana Fischer, the artist and designer behind May We Fly. As an artist, it is my job to keep my eyes opened to the world around me and share the beautiful things I discover. My favorite way to do that is by painting with watercolors, which I love for their fluidity, translucency, and unpredictability. I'm endlessly fascinated by natural rhythms, things that grow, and the small, subtle changes that happen with time.
how i got started
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 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. ;)
about may we fly
May We Fly is devoted to all things delightful and is the place where I share my watercolor creations with the world. It was named on a whim but has come to mean many things for me. At the core it represents my dream and my hope that we might all make this world more beautiful by finding that which we were made to do, and doing it fully. I have found over the course of starting a business that it is not a solo endeavor by any means. "We" need each other. Though I happen to be the one with my name on it, my customers, friends, and family are who really make this little business what it is.
Thank you for helping me fly, friends. May this place be a small source of inspiration for your own pursuits as we learn how to fly together.
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.