"Every boat ride, camping trip, scenic tour, or simple getaway, is another idea for a painting, waiting to be projected onto the canvas."
Leah Morace was born and raised in Central Louisiana. She was encouraged in her art by her grandmother who also loved the arts. Her childhood was spent drawing, coloring and even china painting with her grandmother.
Convinced that she couldn't make a living painting, she pursed and earned a BFA in Graphic Design at Louisiana College. After several years of working with no creative freedom, she took a leap and left her job to pursue her passion and paint full time.
Leah has enjoyed finding her style (which is always evolving) but has gained the confidence to "paint from the soul", finding inspiration all around. Louisiana is her first muse and also the title of her first solo show in June 2016, Louisiana: My Muse.
"I gather inspiration from imagery of the south, my culture, my travels, and the beauty of nature. I enjoy the process of working with different mediums, scraping and layering with a pallet knife, creating a loose abstract feel in my backgrounds, and then switching to a brush to capture the more tedious details of the more representational subject."
Leah resides in Effie, Louisiana with her supportive husband and 4 children. Her studio is in the cultural arts district in Alexandria, Louisiana at River Oaks Art Square Center.