Welcome to the tiny space of H.Leigh Art!

Who I am in a nutshell.

I am definitely a nut but not hard to crack.
I am an acrylic painter with a strong focus on healing with animals and nature as my subjects. I am also a life coach and use the arts when coaching clients. Thank you for connecting with my work. It is my intention to help others heal through interpreting impressions that come from my world in meaningful and healing language. I am always interested in collaborating with other visionary artists and have a passion for working within communities to better them and build them stronger, together.  I believe in truth and justice and US, you and I.  Each one teach one, together we can heal from the maladies of the world, in support and love. 

Accomplishments.
-2016-present, St. Paul Art Crawl
-2018 Collaborative show in Eagan called “Horse Worship”
-2018 Marydale Art Festival
-2018 Como Fest
-2018 Art in the Hollow
-2017 Horse Crazy Market
-2017 Won T-shirt competition for Horse Crazy Market with Silver Thunder making 2017 T-shirt.
-2017 Recipient of the Bill Murray Choice Award for the Colab Creation along with Heather Barber for our “Integrative Ocean Scene”
-2017 Won the district spotlight for painting of “Catsup and Mustard” hot rod for St. Paul art crawl media competition
-2017 Featured artist on Local Minneapolis Artists page
-2017 Art-O-Whirl
-2017 Pizza Luce Show
-2017 “Harvest Show” in Eagan, MN
-2017 “The Clean Show”, hosted by Your Arts Desire of Minnetonka,a life after recovery from chemical dependency themed online show
-2016 Jungle Red Salon in Minneapolis
-2016 Dancing Goat Coffee House in St. Paul
-2016 Seward Neighborhood Art Crawl
-2015 Featured Artist in summer Haute Dish magazine for black and white photography of hot rod car.
-2015 Featured Artist in spring Haute Dish Magazine for painting of “Shawoman”

My passion is helping people through the arts using both Life Coaching and creative process.  Although I am a painter, I also dabble in digital photography, write poetry and books, play music,and dance.  I love inspiring people to make small and big changes through these means and encourage creative movement throughout all processes. Although I have always been interested in art and the open space of nature to grow our imagination, I found painting in 2015 when I took a painting class at Metro State to fulfill an elective for my B.A. in Creative Healing in Human Development. The instructor, Ann Sugnet, was so encouraging, she warmly nudged me down the path of art. There is nothing more beautiful than an encouraging teacher who believes in your abilities. Here I am three years later pursuing a life long dream. I spent 18 years as an only child growing up in a small town connecting with horses more than people, then 6 years traveling around the country working for an artist at renaissance festivals. I learned while traveling that there is no fear out there, the fear that I heard of growing up about the atrocities of the world. I experienced the opposite; the universe had my back and was full of love. After learning about choice and and limitless possibility, I soon decided to give the gifts I learned to youth who struggled with identity, sense of belonging,and future planning. I dove into the Human Service field working with at risk youth. At one time I was handing out harm reduction kits on the north side of Minneapolis, housing kids on the South Side, and taking former gang members out to the horses to observe herd behavior and apply it to street culture. I then transitioned to working with adults experiencing temporary homelessness and assisted in the development of a national housing program that took flight here in Minnesota and spread to Oregon and Washington, and then nationally. We were called Housing Crisis Response. I spent 18 years advocating for youth and adults experiencing homelessness until I experienced some deaths close to home which lead to losing control of a drinking habit that washed away the pain of those losses. After being less than a building away from the 2013 2 1/2 mile Moore, Oklahoma tornado, I realized my life became TORNADOESQUE. I hit bottom and started my path of sobriety. I hugged my fifth year sobriety on July 26th, 2018. I traded drinking for painting, then released my first series called “Recovery Horses”. As a youth and throughout my travels until this day, I have connected with horses. “Recovery horses” spoke about my healing process and path to sobriety through the language of my favorite subject; psychology. As an artist, it’s such a great joy to see how far I’ve come along in my process. I struggle the same as every artist, but I survive by letting the horse characters, colors, compositions and evolution come alive on canvas and through photography. This is the journey and I’m grateful for all of it. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Sincerely,

Heather Leigh.
“Ocean Scene”
Sold at the Show Gallery
mixed media/braille.
Recipient of the 2017 Bill Murray Award
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Walking on Sea Shells

seahorses

36 x 48 acrylic on canvas

Inspired by our family trip to California this year. Blending my love for the ocean and love for horses, I wanted to capture what truly inspires me in life. I long to live where the mountains meet the ocean and I found where that is: In Monterey, California. 2nd runner up, Laguna Beach. email heathler1@gmail.com or call (612)two 8 zero, six 0 3 three if you’re interested in purchasing.

Thank you so much.
Heather Leigh

“Grandpa and Grandma”

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Over this past summer, I had a huge blessing of being able to take care of four senior horses. I thanked spirit every day for being given the gift of being around this small herd. I started a youtube channel that used the wisdom the horses had for each days reflection which you can find on youtube as Lessons From The Farm. There are Life Coaching prompts in each video and my bio is there too. This piece was in adoration of the two main horses of the herd. I felt blessed to be able to take care of this mare as it was her last summer on our planet. I know spirit didn’t make a mistake giving me the opportunity of being her care taker through her final process of ageing. Also, these two reminded me of a couple I met in Galveston once on the fishing pier. They had been together for over 60 years and were so happy to fish in silence together. This is part of the intimacy series and speaks to spending a lifetime with someone, being blessed with friendship, love and spending hours with another being whom you trust as your own body.

The original is still available as are prints on society 6. you can order prints on anything you want at http://www.society6.com/hleighart. Other wise , the original is framed in wood and is an 8 x 10 on canvas board. I believe the price is $175.00.

Sincerely,
H.Leigh

“Walking My Dream Pony”

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This piece is about ageing and realizing that our bodies give out and we start to see our mortality. It came about as I was walking my horse Reggie who is a senior. We were both limping together, he had a sore hip and I had a sore knee but we were in it together and happy to be. I remembered my girlie fantasy’s about heart horses and finally found my heart horse later in life, when we limped together in freedom. It was a fun, whimsical painting. Reggie brought out my playfulness and reminded me to take life in stride, Zen out and enjoy ageing.

Sincerely,
H.Leigh

“Becoming One”

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Half Human, Half Horse, coming from a bottle? This is part of a series that is a work in progress called the “Intimacy Series”. Works in this series are stories that tell about the masks we wear in our relationships, the levels of depth we fall in while getting closer to people in our lives, the identity that we grow into as a result of being influenced by others, the selves that we shed as we grow into bigger selves, all teaching each other and growing together. Humans are amazing. So are animals. Again, because my rejection and abandonment scars have been sometimes excruciating for me to deal with, I detach in the safety of horses and tell the story sometimes how I wish I could be as close to other humans as I am with horses. This piece is about becoming one unit even though it’s awkward and uncertain, sometimes feeling severed and weird, disconnected in the process.

Sincerely,
H.Leigh