"I was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario and now reside in the nearby city of Cambridge. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be close to numerous trails, parks and best of all campgrounds, where I have a seasonal outdoor studio from Spring through to Fall.
Studying at NSCAD in Halifax, Nova Scotia and OCAD in Toronto, Ontario pushed my boundaries to explore not only painting but drawing, silk screening, sculpture and photography. While studying the arts in Toronto, I expanded my floral knowledge at Humber College, receiving a Floral Design diploma.
A true artist at heart, my passion for creativity, nature and florals began from a young age while working at my family's Garden Centre. That passion inspired me to open my own floral shop, specializing in wedding florals and seasonal planters. I use this passion when creating each painting, whether for myself or a commissioned piece.
I paint realism using a minimal colour palette while emphasizing and exploring detail and contrast between the lightness and darkness of the shadows and all the tonal variations in between.
Florals, botanicals and simply nature provide me with comfort and inspiration. I draw upon the intricacies of a single blossom or the detailed close-up of branches, leaves, and berries from these surroundings." - Leah Olsen-Kent