The woman in the middle of this image is Leah Lopez, one of my very favorite living artists and dear friend.
Leah is also my mentor. I’ve been studying with Leah for several years, both at the New York Academy of Art and at her own New York City studio. She is a very gifted teacher, and always inspiring; hence, the subject of this blog post – My Mentor, My Friend, My Art.
I created this little painting after a magical painting adventure in Provence, France. Along on this wonderful trip were several others, including my husband, Stan, and our granddaughter, Amanda.
I am grateful for how much I’ve learned and continue to learn from Leah. I might add that Leah is half my age! Our love of art transcends age though, and gives us a strong base for collaboration. She is a true friend, and a most inspiring artist. Her influence will be on display in the portraits at my upcoming show, The Casual Portrait, opening on November 23rd, 2013, at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, NY. You can see a selection of the portraits on my web site, Pets by hArt.
I look forward to seeing my friends there. Thank you all for your continued support!