Over many a cup of tea on Leah’s verandah overlooking some of Northern NSW’s most beautiful bush and river inlets, I became aware of her deep connection with earth. This is a woman who treads lightly.
Never one to wave the flag or stand on a soap box, Leah simply lives her principles. She embraces nature and protects the land she loves. It was no surprise to me when her art became part of the whole.
From this quiet nurturing soul come these powerful depictions of her beloved land and the life it supports. Painting canvases three times her own size, Leah pours her inner being into every piece.
Leah once told me that when she has finished a painting she is empty…there is nothing left of her. She retreats from her studio to re-energise and re-group, unable to even converse. Every ounce of her mind, soul and physical body have been poured into the work.
I know this statement to be the truth. Standing in front of one of these huge works of art you can feel the life in it. Her works vibrate with passion, angst, love and beauty. The mangroves crackle and pop, sun warms your skin, you taste salt on your lips and feel the energy of the life within the paint.
While her works are masterful, technical and display great skill, they are so much more than paint on canvas. Speaking to your heart and sharing the secrets only mother nature knows, these works are alive.