5 Questions for Calligraphy Expert, LeeAnn McGhee

Lee AnnTell me about your calligraphy. How did you learn to write like this? 

LA-  “I took a Lettering class at BIOLA University in California and then chose to take 3 Art Seminars afterward to learn more. These seminars were 1 semester long with private coaching in the art field of choice. I was the first to choose calligraphy. I was fascinated with the ancient scribe’s manuscripts, the age old art of calligraphy, pen and ink. My instructor taught me how to incorporate art, gold leaf and borders into my quotes. We studied letters, words and the skills involved in communicating words and ideas through art.”

When did you first decide to make it a living?

LA-  “While I was still in college, I began selling framed quotes & scriptures on consignment to gift stores in Memphis. I freelanced everything from addressing wedding invitations to creating a replica of the Declaration of Independence. When my kids were little I began a home-based business. I showed my framed calligraphy in home shows and gift shows. I personalized ornaments, house blessings, and took special requests. Then, one day I decided to place an ad in Country Living Magazine inciting wholesale inquiries. To my amazement, I was overwhelmed with orders that sold to retail stores nationwide, then as far as Japan! I had daily UPS pick up at my house and worked when the kids were at Mothers Day Out.”

I’ve noticed you have framed calligraphy fitting for all occasions. Where do you find inspiration for these quotes?

LA-  “I began collecting quotes in high school from various sources. When I came across one I liked, I’d write it down in a journal. Also, as I would read through scripture, certain meaningful verses would speak to me. The desire to express them in an art form began to grow, so people could put in their homes for daily encouragement. That’s what brings me the greatest joy. It’s my passion to create gifts that inspire others through the written word.”

What’s the top selling framed calligraphy among More Than Words Customers?

LA:  “There are three that go back & forth. Inspirational seems to sell the most.”

“Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.”

“May the presence of friends, the joy of laughter and the making of treasured memories fill this home.”

“Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”

-Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

What’s your personal favorite? 

Jeremiah 29:11. What an awesome reminder that God is the Blessed Controller of our lives, and that He lovingly has our best interest at heart!