Heartspace Art creates influential murals that express positive messages not only in their style but also through words naturally placed throughout each piece. Their desire is to become part of the mural movement in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, and then travel worldwide, sharing their message of love, connection, and personal empowerment. They refer to this as the Conscious Heart Movement– a belief that choices should be guided by the wisdom of the heart in an attempt to create harmonious unity among all beings. The heart reveals the oneness of life. Heartspace Art practices this movement in the creation of Conscious Art.
Meet the Artist
Founder, Ian Cleary
My expression is a spiritual experience. I am a seeker, exploring my innerverse for visions of truth & unity. I believe in spiritual truths that are beyond our intellect. My work is designed to create an experience in which people feel aware of cosmic unity and their own potential for greatness. The imagery of my work uses ancient symbols and archetypes to illuminate a path for human evolution. My stories illustrate human triumph, happiness, and symbiosis with nature. I create art to serve my community, to inspire, to spread hope, and to participate in the ever-creating cycle of life.
I was born in Mississippi and graduated from the University of Mississippi with a BA in Studio Art. I currently reside in Jacksonville, Florida, with my wife and two children. I have been practicing professional art for ten years, and I specialize in paint and chalk murals, as well as graphic design. I am a creator, an activist, and a storyteller. I am a dreamer, a visionary, inspired to create a better world for all beings. I have traveled around the world, painting on everything from walls to bodies. I have held positions over the years as a muralist, political newspaper cartoonist, live performance festival painter, body artist, gallery manager, and art teacher. I even served as an AmeriCorps team lead for the Florida Conservation Corps, which offered me opportunities to be a leader and serve our country in the preservation of natural lands. I believe in giving back to the community, and a portion of my work has always been donated to charity. Today, I am grateful for the opportunity to practice my art full-time, and I look forward to the possibility of creating with you!
Founder, Danielle Cleary
I believe that art is a trail of our existence. Creation flows out of me instantly from my heart space. When painting, I sometimes leave myself and become one with the art piece. I learn through the freedom of self-expression. I am native to Jacksonville, Florida, and so are the two generations before me. I have watched Jacksonville grow from a relatively quiet city into a desired destination to live and visit. I attribute that to the city’s commitment to art and culture and am proud to call it home for myself, husband, and two children.
I began my career creating brightly colored, detailed drawings using sharpies and pens. The next medium I incorporated into my work was chalk. It allowed me to express myself creatively on streets and a variety of outdoor surfaces for clients that were interested in temporary celebrations using art. Knowing that my work may only last until the first rain permitted me to begin my inward journey of being liberated from attachments to objects on the material plane. As I dove a little deeper, I discovered my appreciation for the meditative ways of the Tibetan sand mandalas and began including mandalas regularly in my work. I attribute my early success to participating in the local Downtown Artwalk events where I was able to sell my paintings, drawings and create on a larger scale as a chalk muralist.
My next artistic adventure took me on the road performing transformational art for a variety of events. In 2016, the opportunity to body paint with Nora Morals of Kreaturez presented itself, and I took it. I traveled throughout the United States as far as Hawaii, body painting for festival performers and private clients. I also had the opportunity to teach my trade and help with big event planning. I also met a very special artist during my travels who would change my life forever! His name is Ian Cleary, and we are now married and have a child of our own.
In 2017, I co-founded Heartspace432 with my husband. We created the company so that we could teach art, practice art, and produce art-centric events. We added painted murals to our repertoire, and some of our clients include Winn Dixie, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Gator Bowl, Downtown Vision – Art Walk, Riverside Arts Market, Suwannee Hulaween Festival, Purple Hatter Ball, Earth Dance, and Southlight Gallery. In 2019, I became certified as a Therapeutic Art Life Coach and incorporated teaching art as a form of healing. I love people, and especially holding space for them to heal past wounds so that they can become the best versions of themselves. I also enjoy helping my community be its best, and believe volunteering my talents is an important part of connecting to my community. Being a part of positive change inspires me to be a better person, and I constantly strive to evolve.
In 2020, we re-branded and changed our name to Heartspace Art to exclusively work on large-scale temporary and permanent murals. I love creating art for a living with my husband, no matter the medium. Our art always comes with a message. My hope continues to be that we can reach other people’s hearts through our art. I look forward to meeting you and discussing how we can transform your space into something magnificent!
Meet the Manager
Manager, Melanie Davis
I am a very spiritual person who is also a Christian. I feel this important because it has taught me to always work from a source of love and compassion. I was born in the Lone Star State of Texas, under the sign of Aries, and have spent the past nine years of my career in Jacksonville, FL. I graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a BBA in Management and Marketing. I offer over 30 years of experience in marketing, branding, sales, and event production. I have traveled the world to help individuals and large corporations achieve success. Some of my clients include jazz/pop singer Nicole Henry, Miami Winter Music Conference, Pfizer, Electronic Data Systems, and Norwegian Cruise Lines. No matter the size of the project or organization, I find the magic is in making a personal connection and listening. Transforming dreams and desires into reality and working with people that want to make the world a better place is what I love about my job the most! I am grateful for what God has given me and strongly believe in giving back to the community on a personal and professional level. I look forward to being a part of helping turn your thoughts and visions into something beautiful!