Leigha Nicole - Splendid Artworkwww.ArtPal.com/leighanicole
Leigha Nicole moved to the San Luis Valley in Colorado in 2005 from Northern California. Her career and professional education in dance, yoga and bodywork brought her to many different parts of Asia from 1983-2009 which planted the seeds of artistic curiosity.
Dr. Ning Yeh, the Emmy Award winning art professor has been her main influence and teacher in the Po Mo (throw ink) style of Hsieh-I Chinese brush painting since 1990, with whom she has studied with at UCLA, Cerritos and Coastline Colleges. She is a devoted student of Dr. Yeh's and travels to study with him whenever possible.
She was a scenic painter for the Yani Forbidden City Concert Tour ’97 in Beijing, China. Also, she painted scenery for and participated in the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics ’98 in Nagano, Japan. She has had solo art shows in Point Reyes Station and Larkspur, California and was the featured artist at the Shumei International Institute in Crestone, Colorado in 2014/2015. She offers local Brush Painting workshops while being an active member of the Crestone Artists Group and participating annually in their Open Studios Tour.
Leigha’s art is a blend of Chinese brush painting, Japanese sumi-e and western watercolor. Her work continues to be very influenced by her training in traditional Japanese spiritual and cultural art forms. She has been a student of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism since 1989 as well as a student of both the Sogetsu and Ikenobu styles of Ikebana (flower arranging). She is currently an avid practitioner of Chanoyu (tea ceremony) thru the Urasenke Foundation of San Francisco.
She is thoroughly enchanted with the wild seasonal beauty of Colorado and is sure that living in the forest at the base of the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountain range will inspire her artwork for many years to come.