Julie Leah is a modern abstract expressionist whose art embodies a feeling and a mood of nature with suggestions of figures and of spatial landscapes.
The earth’s tapestry is woven into the artist’s work as she draws inspiration from walks with nature and movement studies in yoga. There is a subtle rhythmic movement to her art.
The artist is known primarily for her textile art, but began her wearable art career as a mixed media artist. One prophetic day she created a collage of both canvas, sand and cloth using clothing from her own closet as inspiration. In the midst of painting old denim and cotton..she wondered what other clothes she could paint and on a whim she took a silk painting class and so began a life long love of creating silk scarves.
Noteworthy Projects: Frida Kahlo Scarves
The artist began exploring Frida Khalo on silk as she read about Frida in several books, including Frida’s own diary. Leah wanted to explore the feeling of Frida and to create dream-like, surrealistic interpretation’s of Frida Kahlo.
A Frida Kahlo scarf of Leah's was recently displayed in the City of Buena Park's Dream is Truth Art Show and received recognition by the 65th Legislature Assembly of the State of California.
The artist also participates in community arts engagement projects, most recently, Wingversation in December 2017 and Treeversation as part of the Calliotree Project, March 2017 in Downtown Santa Ana.
It’s her liberal arts education from San Diego State University that first introduced her to art as both a living history and as a fiber of her being. It awakened a creative stirring that she’s explored in literature and many disciplines including marketing and sales to startup business endeavors.
Mixed Media Artistic Style
The artist's canvas art often explores the textural relationships of different elements including: reclaimed wood, cloth, sand and paper.
She intuitively feels a painting move across the canvas. People next to her in her regular art salon– often marvel how she paints that way, moving a block of color, here, there and even cutting apart a canvas and laying it upon the other until the painting evolves. So often it takes her by surprise as a painting may begin vertically, but it’s natural placement is horizontal. It’s why she’s particularly fond of creating turn-around pieces…a painting that can be turned around every which way.
Inspired and challenged by a quote she once heard in an art class – “a painting should have one focus.” She thought that sounded far too limiting as a painting can have many points of focus, the more so, the more interesting it may become.