Leigh was raised as a fifth generation dairy and maple syrup farmer in the rolling hills of the Eastern Townships of Quebec. All things natural, found at home on the farm, intrigued and inspired Leigh.
Then came city life in 1979, and a passion developed for the culture of the hotel business.
Ten years later Leigh found herself on the West Coast of Canada and a new way of expressing her thoughts and desires began to emerge. Although intimidated by the world of art, it was here she started her artistic life. There it was, a colour in her heart laid with paint and brush to canvas, in all its wonder. Realising there were other colours of feeling and emotions, she expressed herself in more and more paintings as the creative juices flowed. After painting 10 abstract acrylic paintings, Leigh had her first art show on August 1, 1999 at Turk’s Coffee on Commercial Drive in Vancouver.
In 2014 Leigh was inspired once again. After writing poetic prose and attempting to write a novel about her great loss, she reached for canvas and brush once again. Her paintings were very much inspired by the present. This was a major shift – Leigh was now living in the present with only some ties to the deep sadness of her past. Her paintings blossomed into amazing pieces, full of energy.
When asked about her art, Leigh responds, “I am happiest when I paint. When I see someone’s face light up, or they are drawn to the piece, or it speaks to them, this is the ultimate. My life today is about love and art.”
Leigh has painted over 85 paintings since October 1, 2014. She holds her art close to her heart. After all, this is what her art is, authentically personal.