"The Night is Young" by Leah Lopez

“The Night Is Young”
Oil on linen
77 x 40 in.
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Leah Lopez was born in New Mexico where brilliant colors backdrop the unique rugged landscape, where diverse cultures converge with tradition and art living up to its name, the “Land of Enchantment”. Growing up amid these surroundings was the beginning of the artist we know today.  However, Leah would meet many challenges. In her youth, Leah’s creative development was stifled by a devoutly religious family. She secretly imagined a life where she could freely express her creative passions and began plotting her escape. At age 18, Leah decided to pursue it and was rejected by her friends and family.

Leah spent the next few years immersed in the study of drawing and painting. When possible, she’d take classes and retreat to her studio to experiment with oil paint for days and nights. Eventually, she developed a dexterous handling of her favorite medium and Leah became a well-known emerging artist in the Southwest. Around this time, she and her sister were reunited and began rebuilding their bond. Leah remains grateful for the time they had together. Unfortunately, it was short-lived when her sister died in a car accident. Devastated and seeking solace, she recalled how they shared a love of the stories with characters living lives of adventure. And for Leah, the greatest place for adventure was in New York City.

Life has a strange way of repeating itself. Once again, gathering the necessities and a few months’ rent, Leah began a new journey into an unknown world. She recalls, “I’ve always been an explorer and a seeker, these experiences, good or bad, serve as inspiration for my paintings.”  New York would prove to be her greatest challenge. Leah had to work harder than ever to build a new life. Her efforts paid off when she opened her ideal north-light studio and the Leah Lopez Atelier at Union Square, in January 2014.

As an artist, Leah is highly respected and her paintings are celebrated. With gallery representation across the states and students flocking to the Atelier to study, she maintains the same industrious schedule to develop her latest body of work. More than ever, Leah’s paintings are passionately inspired by her life and experiences on this riveting, creative journey.

Leah Lopez Fine Art

New York, New York

www.leahlopez.com

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Andrew Webster is the Editor of Fine Art Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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