Where we came from
We began as a dream in the summer of 2017. After decades of writing, Lilith Matilda was unsuccessful at making a career out of writing professionally for other people. Fed up with the status quo that required a catch 22 to find the catch 22 to being a successful artist, Lily decided to break the mold instead. In the winter of 2017 the original version of LilyMatilda.com went live. It was a WordPress site generously donated by a pretty cool friend, Adam. It soon became apparent that the site as it existed would not adequately fill the needs of the organization they had in mind, so Lily opted to pay for professional branding and a custom website on SquareSpace.com, which went live in the spring of 2018.
Though this project had originally been intended as a collaborative experience, it soon became that Lily was doing all the work alone. Content expectations became overwhelming as life experiences became unforgiving (like, sleeping in their car with everything they owned and their cat in the summer in the deserts of Las Vegas and Phoenix), and soon the website became stagnant.
In the spring of 2019 Lily remembered about how friends can be helpful and supportive and reached out to Jeanne. Jeanne and Lily had known each other since middle school (or possibly elementary school, nobody really remembers). Jeanne's husband, Mike, was also an artist trying to make it in the big scary world of having to have a "real" job. They soon both jumped on board and actively began supporting getting the LilyMatilda organization off the ground. After all, where else do dreamers belong but in the clouds?
where we are going
LilyMatilda.com is a collaborative art collective aimed at providing exposure and income to artists with limited professional experience. We aspire to work with artists to hone their skills and pair them with like-minded peers to further their careers. As beautiful as the struggling artist is, we would much prefer to see a successful one.
The purpose of our platform is to provide exposure and paying work for artists who have lost the battle against the complicated world of elitism art. By the end of 2020 we hope to be fully integrated and an established authority on promoting independent artists. This means a collaborative effort of teaching artists how to be successful with their businesses, learning how to establish ourselves in order to take calculated risk on our work, and developing and honing our skills as artists. We will learn, we will teach, we will grow, and we will succeed. Together.
Meet our artists
Chief Executive Director
Lily was always sort of an odd child. While other kids in the third grade were learning how to color in one direction, Lily was obsessed with learning how to accurately draw noses. Noses, it was determined, were far more important to learn about than coloring inside the lines. Lily could also out monkey-bar every other kid in school in the third grade. The fifth grade was a completely different story and we don't talk about those scars now.
A love for art and a passion for writing began early. Self-taught in the art of reading and writing by the age of 4, Lily would go on to spend most of their time in some kind of notebook or other.
The introduction of grade school lent to a desire to learn more about drawing and painting, and an understanding that music will forever be an enigma—a beautiful art that is impossible to restrain.
As a teenager, Lily developed a love of photography and spent many of the following years with a camera nearby.
As an adult, Lily prefers to remain a child.
Social Media Director
Wannabe writer. Crochet addict. Ex-musician.
From a young age, Jeanne has always had some sort of artistic ability, whether it was music or writing. She spent many years honing her musical ability, including playing multiple instruments, just to give up at the age of 18 (something she has always regretted.) As a writer, she spent many nights and days and months writing short stories, poems, an (failed) attempt at writing a book, and also even writing with others.
Nine years ago, she gave up her writing journey. Over the years, many have asked her to return to it, only to have her shrug them off. That was when she picked up crochet, to be closer to her grandmother, who died unexpectedly the day before she turned 23. Jeanne got really good at it and knew her grandmother would be proud.
Now she is called back to her writing days in an effort to help out an old friend with her dream.
Jeanne lives in Lewiston, Maine with her husband, son, and 2 cats (who are more like kids, really.) In her spare time, she reads a lot.
Michael Wayne Pekrul
Chief Creative Director
Michael began this most recent leg of his galactic tour on Earth in early 1983. Having been conceived through the most serendipitous of circumstances, he has made it his mission to learn the stories of this fascinating world. He first discovered the good ideas hidden in books in the 1st grade. He has since broadened his search to include the good ideas hidden in the experiences of people. Michael believes that the open book of the past serves as lessons for a better shared future.
Michael has always been fascinated with the creation of art. Mr. McGovern was the weird old Art teacher (whom, the children were all convinced, lived in his basement classroom) who kicked off a lifetime of dabbling. Michael, usually found to find a great distraction from Michael, finally found and fostered a great passion in the instantaneous art of the capture of the natural image. Now 2 years into an Instagram addiction (@mikewphoto😉👍👉), Michael can usually be found invading the personal space of any random flower or other random thing, with a phone or a Nikon, in all of the places he happens to find himself. He still finds great ambition to create with pencils, paint, and digital pad, though he hasn't persisted yet in completing any of his most recent dabbleings.
Similarly, Michael sometimes fancies himself a writer. A Google docs folder with the starts of about 30 various short stories, novels, essays, notes, and letters is currently glaring at him from the corner. He currently fills his time with a corporate job that he loves, but he feels is taking advantage in the relationship.
Open-minded, idealistic, and honest to a fault; Michael will talk to anybody about anything. He will consider any viewpoint on the condition that you will give his response fair consideration in return. He's currently low-key planning on an independent 2020 presidential bid.
“Witches are real! Brujera in the flesh”-Subway Gypsy
Though she’s chosen the moniker of Subway Gypsy, she has never been on a subway—but those things at airports count right!? She grew up in a multi-lingual household, but can only speak a handful of words. The only thing that makes dancing in the rain better is doing it barefoot. She has a deeply rooted philosophy that being barefoot is essential for a happy life. Art is also an essential part of her world and she believes that it can be made from anything you desire.