Studio Location: 33 McKeighan Lane, Salem, NY 12865
Leah McCloskey lives a creative life. Her home in Salem, New York is filled with light and life and color. It is always a work in progress filled with treasures and found objects and art. Her hearth is welcoming and cozy, her home dotted with comfortable places to sit, to read, to dream.
The man in her life, Dan Spitz, is a renowned local chef and together he and Leah have become well known active supporters of local farmers, sustainable agriculture and all varieties of great seasonal food. They raise chickens, some of which have been featured in Leah’s portraits. They also share their home with two beloved dogs and two cats. Leah has an extensive wild flower garden that reflects her love of color.
Two to three days a week she travels to Manhattan to her current career as the Director of Exhibition Outreach at the Art Students League of New York where she is surrounded by the spirits of America’s historically famous artists and promotes the artwork of the League’s current students and members. Promotion and marketing come easily to Leah. She spent many years in New York City and traveling around the world as a successful model scout. Her intuition, eye for beauty, glamour and humor were honed by her fashion-world experiences. “Nothing can replace the years I spent traveling the world. The different cultures, people, food and images make me the artist I am today.”
Her work has been exhibited in numerous places including, Good Gallery Kent, Connecticut; 3 Pears Gallery, Dorset, Vermont; Heather Blue Home, Reading, Pennsylvania; Flores Fine Art and Gallery 100, Saratoga Springs, New York. She has had solo-exhibitions at the Grace Gallery, New York City; Mimosa Gallery, Saratoga Springs; and Valley Artisans in Cambridge, New York. And in 2010 and 2011 she was featured in two 2-person shows at the Riverfront Studios in Schuylerville, New York. She has participated in group shows with many local venues. Her work is in numerous private collections and public venues including Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs
In what has been a 10 year journey, I have become so familiar with chickens as subjects that the paint and the medium has become the subject. The idea of “ bird” is constant but now its pure play. No matter what my intent at the start of a piece they always take on a character and personality of their own, hence all the names. I usually paint in series and do multiple pieces in a period of time pushing myself to create something soulful and my own.
Medium: Paintings in oil, watercolor, and acrylic[themify_hr]
“My studio, a small stand-alone building on my property that was an old chicken brooder. Newly renovated and surrounded by wildflower gardens and a vegetable garden.”
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33 McKeighan Lane, Salem, NY, 12865