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Leah Fanning lives and paints in Ashland, Oregon and exhibits her abstract and portraiture work in galleries throughout the states. She grew up in the richly artistic city of  New Orleans and then lived on the east coast for many years as a professional ballet dancer while also studying painting at various universities. She later graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in Illustration / Painting and also studied art in Cortona, Italy and at many art residencies. Leah has had many articles published in national magazines on her art process and has been teaching abstract and portrait painting for many years. She has also been commissioned for over 600 portraits and murals over the past fourteen years, and her portraiture style has evolved into a unique and colorful, expressionistic style. In 2011 she founded the eco business, Natural Earth Paint, which creates natural, non-toxic art supplies for artists and children. She lives on a beautiful urban, permaculture homestead with her 7 year old son, Django.