Our readers want to get to know you first, tell us about YOU what is your story?
Hi! I grew up in Chappaqua New York, where I now live with my husband and two sons. I received a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the Washington University School of Law. Despite studying Government at Cornell and practicing as a litigator in private law for the past decade — my passion has always been my art. In late 2018 I finally decided to go for it, and formed Jessie Rubin Studio, LLC.
With my family by my side and my paint brush in hand, I am truly living my best life.
Now let’s talk business, what do you do? Have you always wanted to have your own business- what inspired you to go down this journey?
I have loved art from my earliest memories. My mom worked with famed artists when she was younger, including Robert Motherwell and Sol le Witt. She instilled in me a deep appreciation for art, creativity, and color. As much as I loved art and it was truly one of my most cathartic, calming and enjoyable hobbies – it was just that, a hobby. I didn’t have the confidence to pursue a life as an artist. From high school, I sought a liberal arts education and then doubled down and went to law school. I got further and further away from art.
It wasn’t until we moved from NYC to the suburbs — I was 7 months pregnant with my second son, my legal job was on the fritz — I needed an outlet. I also needed an identity. I felt I had strayed so far away from my memory of myself. That is not to say I regretted any choices (to the contrary, I was/am blessed), but I missed art.
A few paintings slowly turned into a bunch of paintings, which slowly turned into some accessories, and then into a very small fine art business. Some days are harder than others, but it’s truly awesome to have my own business. I’ve now been featured in Forbes, US weekly, have some amazing collaborations, and have sold several hundred paintings. Life is good and I’m so grateful.
What advice do you have for moms who want to start a business?
Life is full of lessons, what has motherhood taught you?
Health is #1. Everything else can have it’s is and downs but keep it in perspective and practice gratitude. Remember to take time for yourself. Don’t compare yourself or your kids. We are each awesome (and have our issues). Try not to judge others too harshly because everyone has their tough times. Xoxo