Featured Artist… Leah Bell!

“Still Life With Monarch and Blueberry Crate” by Leah Bell

Years ago we met this cool artist on Monhegan Island (Maine)… he had this huge easel set up outside of the Island Inn and was painting Uncle Henry’s, and it was amazing! His name was Tim Bell and he turned out to be a neat guy that we’ve kept in touch with over the years. His paintings are fabulous and he is a larger than life character. Those of you who know him know what I mean… he makes you laugh. About everything. He’s a good guy, he often talked about his wife Leah, who we have yet to meet, but have emailed with. Another very nice person and very talented. Between the still life paintings and the portraits, wow! I love how she leaves bits of white showing through on the canvas, and big loose strokes.

A blip about Leah from the Bell Art Studio website:

Leah Bell (nee Torney) graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Painting from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She studied Northern Italian Renaissance Art in Florence her Junior year. Following her graduation she returned to Florence, Italy to attend the Charles Cecil Studio and subsequently the Florence Academy of Art. At the Academy she further developed her drawing skills, learned classical materials and techniques and studied the history of Renaissance Art. She had the unique experience of copying master drawings from the Gabinetto del Disegno in the Uffizi Galleries. Leah has been a long time member of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Maryland and has studied pastel portrait painting with Bonnie Roth Anderson. Leah also studied at the Corcoran School of Art. She studied watercolor with Frank Webb and Erika Walsh. She has studied portraiture with the well-known artists Cedric and Joanette Egeli since 1993.Leah is an active member at the Rehoboth Art League in Delaware. She is a Certified Member of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, the Maryland Federation of Art and the Muddy Creek Artist Guild. Leah exhibits in a variety of shows and exhibitions throughout Delmarva. She paints portraits of any type by commission. Her paintings are inspired by her home by the Chesapeake Bay. Flowers from her garden, still life objects and her children and their friends are gathered as subjects for her paintings. When she travels the landscapes, towns and countryside become the subject matter of her work. Her paintings hang in private collections throughout the United States, Italy and Great Britain.

If you’re around the South Street Art Gallery (Easton, MD) pop in and say hello, see Leah’s work in person – catch you back here tomorrow!

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