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Interviewed by 11 year old Journalism Students

I was very honored to be interviewed by a Journalism class at Willow Wind School  last month. Here is the winning class interview by Hazel Richards and Dana Baughman.

Local Earth Artist: Makes Paint from the Earth

By Hazel Richards and Dana

Local artist Leah Mebane creates abstract oil paintings using pigments from the earth. She always has a trowel and bags in her car to collect colored soil from the roadside. She mixes these pigments with walnut oil, to create oil paints for her paintings. The inspiration for her art comes from the patterns in nature. The message in Leah’s art is to live in the moment.
In 3rd grade, at her school in New Orleans, she was tested for her artistic talent. She was accepted for a special art program to pursue a career in art. Later, Leah attended the Maryland Institute Collage of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. For one semester, she traveled to Cortona, Italy where she continued to study art.   In her free time, Leah enjoys dancing, yoga, hiking, and cooking. She is an accomplished ballerina and has performed in many ballets, including “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker”. Leah is married and has an eighteen -month old son.

To share her love of painting with natural pigments, she has designed two kits, one for children and another for adults. The kits will be for sale in local stores and on her website WWW.FANNINGART.COM this fall. While you are at her website, you can look at photos and read about her art. In addition to earth paintings, Leah paints portraits and makes murals of things in nature, such as trees and lizards. Leah moved here after living all over the U.S. She has lived in Ashland for four years. After living all over the country, instead of finding Ashland boring, she says, “It is wonderful to live in Ashland.”




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