Leah Waichulis B. 1979
Oil on panel
8 x 10 inches
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
Cabin Interior - The painting, Cabin Interior, is my interpretation of a masculine space. I decided to imagine an ideal space for my husband. The interior is a cozy log cabin with a dark leather couch, stone fireplace, and a deer statue on the mantel.
Cabin Exterior - For the painting Cabin Exterior, I created my interpretation of a feminine place. I imagined an ideal space for myself- a warm and sunny exterior. There is a weather-worn white bench in the sun surrounded by potted plants and a gardening trowel. The exterior is covered with climbing roses like my grandmother used to grow.
Even though each place is unique, they are linked. This is reflected in the similar titles and connections between the compositions. For instance, the rose vines from Cabin Exterior are visible in the window of Cabin Interior. Also, the fireplace and fire from Cabin Interior can be seen through the window of the Cabin Exterior.
In her paintings and drawings of interiors and landscapes, Leah Waichulis combines direct observation with memory and emotion, conveying an authentic sense of place.
Leah Waichulis exhibits in galleries nationwide and was recently featured in two North Light Books: Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing and Strokes of Genius: Light and Shadow. Her artwork has been included in national and international publications such as American Artist, Artist's Magazine, Drawing, International Artist, and featured on the cover of Art Calendar. She has received awards from Artist's Magazine, American Women Artists, Salon International, and International Artist's Magazine.
Today, she and her husband live and work in their home and studio in Bear Creek Township, Pennsylvania. In 2009, they completed their first instructional DVD, The Waichulis Studio Drawing Clinic: First Steps. Leah, Anthony, and the students at Ani Art Academy Waichulis continue to work together on a daily basis and have become vital to each other's creative process.
Leah Waichulis graduated cum laude with an Associate’s Degree in Painting and Illustration, studied Fine Art at Pennsylvania State University, and completed the apprenticeship program at The Waichulis Studio. Leah Waichulis' work continues to evolve with her ongoing study of fine art.