About Leah

     More than anything, I simply offer good intentions to the world through my work.  Art means something different depending on one's perspective, and in my humble understanding it is an attempt to draw attention to things we want to show one another, especially things that others might not ever consider, notice, or see.  When successful, an artist creates a moving unforgettable experience for their audience. As a painter, I take the tactile visual experiences that excite me (often textures, color combinations, animal figures...) and I use them to dream up enticing ideas that I've never seen before (lately, off the wall ideas that make me laugh out loud).  The paintings spark joyful reactions, so in addition to drawing attention to the beauty that I see in our world, I also want to share in an interactive way: irrelevant extraneous joy, fun, and play.
        I paint slowly.  I finish about 6-10 paintings each year.  All of my original work comes signed and dated on the front.  On the back, it is signed and dated with the title of the piece and stamped with my actual thumb print.  It also comes with a printout of the story behind the painting.
          I did not go to a renown art school, but I made the most of the experiences offered to me as a shy middle class midwestern girl.  I graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Philosophy and Fine Art from Coe College in 2005.  I was mentored by the art department chair, John Beckleman, and shared the Marvin Cone Prize for outstanding senior body of work. I spent a semester in New York and apprenticed to Sculptors Romelo Del Dio and Lee Tribe. While there, I went to many museums and performances and frequently drew at the art student's league and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Most recently and informally, I've received helpful guidance from my friend and master portrait painter Duffy Sheridan in Florence, Arizona.
       My original artwork is collected by people with a sense of humor and appreciation for fine details all across the United States from New York, to the Midwest & Southwest, to California & Washington State.  
         In 2018, I designed a 200 x 5 foot steel and stained glass fence that surrounds the Art Museum in Casa Grande, Arizona.  The building is on the national register of historic places.  The fence and I were featured on the Casa Grande episode of Arizona Highways TV in 2020.
       In addition to painting, I make silly little animated videos that feature my paintings and post them on social media. I also post works in progress. You can find my videos and posts on instagram: @artifactfineart, facebook: @artifactfa and youtube: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtakxcpkC6x9wULPzfg7OYQ 
          I love philosophy and run a public facebook group called Aristotle's Arena where we discuss current events and age old questions while trying to avoid the use of informal fallacies and personal attacks.  
            I love animals and the outdoors.  I volunteer at a local no kill cat shelter with my children, and backpack with a group of women who call themselves the Lady Adventure Backpackers In Arizona (it's an acronym).