Hi! I’m Leah! I Create bold Original art that brings you joy and encourages you to Be and love yourself.

Each painting is hand crafted here in my Michigan studio and comes from my heart.

Leah Nadeau,  The Playful Contemporary Abstract Expressionist

Leah Nadeau, The Playful Contemporary Abstract Expressionist

About

I began painting in 2015 as a reprieve from stress during my dissertation in graduate school. It was then I realized that I could better express myself with a paintbrush than with words. Painting helped me to be more confident in my skin and accept myself for who I am. I feel that painting set me free, allowing me to feel confident to be myself.

When I paint, I listen to music and dance along with every brushstroke. The process of painting is my favorite part. I get so lost in my process that it’s blissful. Music and painting energizes me and brings me alive, and you can see that uplifting energy translated in my work.

I use art not only as a way to express myself, but also a way calm the noise in my brain from my OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and helps me manage anxiety I get from Bipolar Disorder. Painting forces me to be in the moment with my intuitive process, allowing me to be completely absorbed in bliss for hours at a time. Painting is soothing to me and each finished work is a little chapter of my story.

PROCESS

My process is entirely intuitive and organic, and I make decisions as I create that shape each painting as my imagination expands. I allow the colors and shapes to come together harmoniously like a complex dance that forces me to be in the moment with my work, slow down, and enjoy. Each painting takes countless hours, made with many textured layers and comes together to make a beautiful, inspiring harmony of color and brushstrokes. These aren’t just paintings, they’re my expressions made in the moment that come together like a song.

I love my job because there’s nothing better than making something beautiful for your home with my own two hands. I will never forget the first time I got my first painting commission. It was the night before my sister’s wedding and I got a message from a big NYC blogger who wanted me to paint her a 3 foot by 4 foot masterpiece for her home. I was in a hotel surrounded by my entire extended family and as I read the news they all cheered for me. I think back at that night as the day my career took off. This was in 2016, and since then I have made over 20 custom works for families all over the world. Each piece takes many hours and isn’t done until it’s perfect for my client and their space.

I was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, but I’ve also lived and studied in San Francisco and the United Kingdom. I now call Ann Arbor, Michigan home. Go Blue!

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Artistic Influences

I took some contemporary art history courses in college and that’s when I fell in love with some of the artists that inspire me today. My work is inspired by Piet Mondrian, Franz Kline, Roy Lichtenstein Lee Krasner, Joan Miró, Wassily Kandinsky and Joan Mitchell, amongst many others. My favorite art movement was the abstract expressionist movement which had many masters that inspired the style of my work.

San Francisco is the city where my creativity sparked because I was pursuing higher education and it lead me down the road to painting. It’s a very special city that has a big place in my heart and inspires many of my abstract cityscape paintings.

I always have music playing in my studio and I especially love music that makes me feel like an empowered woman. Musical artist Lady GaGa has inspired me since 2009. I love her bold and fearless attitude about life, her integrity and stance against bullying and her music always inspires me to be my authentic self. No matter where I am if I hear her music, I get goosebumps. I think she does everything from the heart and I respect that so much from artists.

Achievements & Exhibitions

Artist in residence at Ferlito’s Restaurant Grosse Pointe (current)

Co-author and contributor of children’s book “Leah Sees The World” 2018

Artist in residence at Spread Detroit (Current)

West Elm Pop-Up in Birmingham, Michigan December 2018

Small Wonders Exhibitor Grosse Pointe September 2017

Solo exhibition at Great Lakes Coffee Co in Midtown, Detroit (coming March 2019)

Art Liaisons Winter Gallery Featured Exhibitor December 2016 - January 2017

More About Me

My family is everything to me. If I’m not in the studio chances are I’m spending time with my loved ones. My grandpa is one of my best friends in the world, we love watching old western movies when we get together.

I went to Film school and I’m a huge TV and film nerd! Singin’ In The Rain (1954) is my favorite movie of all time.

I love to make my friends, family and social media followers laugh!

I love belgian waffles.

I travel throughout the year to keep myself inspired and creating fresh, inspiring pieces. I just love traveling to fulfill my need for adventure and it fuels inspiration for my artworks when I get back to my studio.

There are only about 10 US states I haven’t been to.

San Francisco is my favorite city of all time




EDUCATION

Master of Arts, Aberystwyth University 2015

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of San Francisco 2013

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If you are interested in having a piece commissioned, please contact me directly.

 I love working directly on custom tailored pieces to fit a specific space.  You can provide swatches of paint, textiles, measurements, and images of the surfaces in the surrounding area.

This is a great way to begin a perfectly commissioned piece of art and a harmonious collaboration between you and me. I can’t wait to get started!!

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