Leah’s paintings have always been associated with the surrounding landscape. She paints from memory, but is inspired by journeys through the Connemara countryside where she lives. Reacting to visual and atmospheric elements around her, the resulting work is meditative for both artist and observer. This brings a quiet beauty to her paintings.
Working with oils on canvas, board or paper, and drawing inspiration from her surroundings, Leah uses paint in either a layering or sketching process to capture the majesty of the landscape of Connemara. While she paints from memory, her work is very much influenced by the beauty of her surroundings, and her appreciation of this environment speaks to the viewer through her paintings.
Her work invokes a sense of space and stillness in the viewer, and encapsulates the essence of Connemara. The abstract quality of her paintings invites a closer look and reflects a landscape that changes daily with the elements. Looking at Leah’s work, the viewer can almost feel the power of that landscape, and be momentarily lost in it. She works on a series of paintings at a time, each one inspiring the next, which creates a sense of harmony and continuity in her work.
Leah graduated from Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design (now DLIADT) in 1996 with a diploma in Fine Art. Originally from Dublin, she currently lives and works in Connemara, Co. Galway.
Her work forms part of various collections in Ireland including Savills, DLR County Council, Garda HQ, Office of the Revenue Commissioners, An Bord Pleanála, Microsoft Irish Art Collection, Charleville Hotel Rathmines and The Stephens Hall Hotel Leeson Street. Leah was commissioned by the Office of Public Works to develop ten specific pieces which hang in the National Concert Hall and the Department of the Taoiseach respectively.
Recent solo exhibitions include The Kenny Gallery Galway (Feb 2009) The Linenhall Arts Centre Castlebar (May 2009) , The Signal Arts Centre Bray (Sept 2009) and The Market Place Arts Centre Armagh (Jan 2013). Selected group shows include RUA Belfast (Sept 2008), ‘Ealaíon at Lúnasa’ Group show directed by Galway City Museum, Galway Arts Centre and Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust (Aug 2009), CCA:RDS Dublin curated by Helen Carey (Nov 2010) and ‘Not the Royal Academy’ Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London (Summer 2013 & 2014).
She was awarded an Individual Artist Bursary from Galway County Council in 2011 & 2013. She is currently working towards a solo show in Solomon Fine Art in Dublin for September 2014.