Art is a necessity in our lives, it might not be my art on your walls but we all have art in our lives. Look at the way art enriches our lives. Art is important. What does the art the artist painted say about the artist...what does the art you choose say about you...there is a difference.


This is my small business. That business is the creation and sale of original artwork. It sounds very unartistic when its worded that way but for current purposes it important to make that point. Most of my art was stole, so if its possible for people who have no creativity to understand Its my bread and butter, it puts food on my table.  If it had no value why would someone steal it? That's the non creative point.


I worked extraordinarily hard to build my career in the arts.


 Time is required to create a body of work to show, now, years later I've created several series of work which took on special meaning. More meaning full work included 2008 -  a series of painting of the Dumoine River , in 2009 I began working collaboratively with several groups to promote some of my work and in efforts to assist in raising awareness of the Dumoine River. Upon completion of that series, my ideas broadened I began to look for new ways to grow my career and expand my artistic portfolio.


While painting and creating is natural to me, other things are not. I devoted several years to working on several series of paintings. I'm always thankful to the people who share their special place with me and help me make the paintings I create vibrant and full of life. It's not just anywhere, it's someplace.

 Apart from the arts my personal interests include the environment, inclusion and rights of people with disabilities, human rights, women's issues, did you ever wonder why we have to say womens' rights are human rights ? This very saying says, some women in 2020 are thought of as less than human. Currently I identify with this group.

I have interest in everything basically. Like for instance, what makes us Canadian, a flag, a coat, a dress, a landscape. Why are these things important to defining Canadian identity and culture. My latest work includes conceptual designs with all ready created work. Adding a different view point.

I have work in private, public, corporate, and National collections, including - City Of Ottawa Art Collection, The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and Canadian War Museum.

Major solo exhibits include - The Hudson Bay Company,  Forêt-la-Blanche Ecological Reserve, Ottawa International Airport , and The Canadian Museum of Nature.


 I'm a self taught artist, who had many years of I guess what you would call observative lessons. My mother was a practicing artist who was fortunate enough to paint with what are now known to be what would be considered accomplished Canadian Artists. From this I developed my own style and my own vision. I have been practicing in visual arts as a profession since my late 20's. Although I have always had the arts in my life. I expect I have a many years of creating yet to come and look forward my ever evolving style.

 I create because it's what is most natural to me, it makes me feel I have contributed in a positive way. A artist, something I don't  know how to unbe.

 

 I was born in Kingston Ontario, in the early 1970"s. I'm the daughter of Mary Louise Leach 1945-2003 and  Bill Leach LGen (retired)  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, making him the only logistician in Canadian History to ever serve as Chief of Landstaff of the Canadian Armed Forces.  He retired from the CF in the year 2000 at the age of 58. After retirement he transitioned to the private sector, following that he committed himself to volunteerism and being a devoted grandfather and dad. In 2012, at the invitation of the Prime Minister, he became Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of History, encompassing both the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum. He proudly served as Chairman of the board of the Museum of Canadian History until 2015.
I'm a second generation military brat, my parents were most undoubtedly what some would call a yin yang they counter balanced each other. My mom was a child survivor in many respects, a accomplished artist she inspired me to become the artist, she taught me the fundamentals of landscape artistry and a lot about empathy amongst other things such as perseverance. My dad taught me we are all equal. A very powerful lesson in life for those who took that class. In 1999 she founded the Canadian Miniature Society for International artists, she was a professional landscape artist as well as 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.

Time, like most things is required to create truly original pieces of artwork.

This is when the majority of all my artwork was stolen, since then, time, when I have it, is devoted to the retrieval of my stolen work. In 2016/17 while in Quebec my mothers artwork that I own was stolen along with personal objects that have significant sentimental value, including my artwork. Although reported to the authorities they don't seem to think my art was worth there time. That's kind of devaluing as a human being, but if someone stole your 4wheeler I'm sure they'd be right on it.
Some of the stolen work and objects are registered with The Art Loss Register and also highlighted on this website.

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