Leah Fanning Mebane lives and paints in the Applegate Valley of Southern 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 painting and also studied art in Cortona, Italy and at many art residencies. Leah has had several 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 500 portraits and murals over the past fourteen years, and her portraiture style has evolved into a unique and colorful, expressionistic style. Leah and her husband Drew also have a new arrival in their lives, baby Django, born March 27th, 2010.
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