My work has come from living close to the land. We shape it and change the plants, creating great swaths of a single color; we abandon it, reclaim it; we change its purpose to fit our desires. Each of my paintings chronicles my reaction to a moment of change recently observed. These moments flash by urging me to pay attention. These endangered landscapes are an enduring subject; how we use the land, who uses it and to what effect.
Leigh a native Central New Yorker has exhibited her work since 1994. Recent exhibits include solo exhibits at Jane Porter Gallery in Hamilton NY, The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Centers, Gallery Julius. She has participated in several group shows, MARK 09 at Wilber Gallery Oneonta NY and the 2010 Made in NY Exhibit The Schweinfuth Memorial Art Center Auburn NY, Morrisville State College, Art and Sustainability, and Mad Art Gallery Hamilton NY. In 2009 she was commissioned to create a mural for the Class of 09 at Colgate University. Leigh is an NY Foundation for the Arts SOS recipient and participant in the 2009 NYFA MARK program.
In addition to working as an artist Leigh is a Teaching Artist working in the Central NY schools. She does seminars in aesthetic education for teachers and other artists. She has trained with the Lincoln Center Teaching Artist Mentoring Project and Advance Seminar for Teaching Artist at the Guggenheim. Leigh is an active member of several community arts organizations and Adjunct Instructor of Art at Morrisville State College. Her observations are based in the rural hills east of Hamilton NY,