Part of understanding and appreciating art is knowing something about the artist and where they came from. For my parents who believed in me were my moral support when pursuing my art career. So they are not forgotten, they certainly were not part of the mainstream and for that I am fortunate.
My dad was – LGen ( Retired) Bill Leach  CMM CD 1942-2015. He served over 40 years in the Canadian forces, he was a Logistician who in 1997 became Chief of Landstaff of the Canadian Forces, he retired in the year 2000 at the age of 58. During and after retirement from the Private sector he committed himself to "volunteerism". He proudly served as Chairman of the board of the Museum of Canadian History until 2015.
My mom was – Mary Louise ( O'Brien) Leach  1945-2003 she was a accomplished artist she inspired me to become an artist. In 1999 she founded the Canadian Miniature Society for International artists, she was a commissioned artist who chose to represent Military life from the home front her work is in National and International collections, including the RCGS, and Canadian War Museum.
In 2016/17 most of my artwork and my mothers artwork that I owned was stolen along with personal objects that have significant sentimental value. 
 Like the top of the desk my mother gave me before she died. She called it a gift of love. I'm sure the motive for the theft was more about ruining my life than the monetary value of some of the objects. To say the least, it left me feeling devastated, quite literally its like a grief, a loss I could never fully articulate, it was all reported to the police.  Some of the stolen work is registered with The Art Loss Register. 

Shelley Leach ( me)with one of my  paintings before it was stole and sold in Quebec the week of November 16 2015 I  think



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