11/1/2018 0 Comments
Artist Spotlight - Leah Dorrian
We met Leah Dorrian as she traversed her way across the U.S. in her transition move from Maryland to California. She found herself in Austin and decided to see if there were any visionary art galleries in Austin. She walked in and we were instantly attracted to her spirit. As we spoke, Leah began to effuse art, light, and empathy and it quickly became obvious that she was more than just a traveler who stumbled into our visionary establishment.
Leah's art is a form of communication which expresses the subconscious, spirituality, beauty, divinity, and nature in various archetypal modalities. It is embedded with symbols and messages that invite the viewer into intuitive contemplation of the intrinsic nature of the human experience beyond our physical reality. Venturing deep into the mind, Leah's art captures the reverberations of what she has discovered and wishes to share with the collective consciousness to illuminate an ambience of mystery, magic, and peace.
In 1995, Leah Dorrian was gifted from the universe to her mother Jill and father, John in Rockville, Maryland. She came into the world with two older siblings and one more to come. Her childhood was filled with creative freedom in the realms of art and music, where she developed what would become a lifelong passion for both.
When she was six, her mother encouraged her to develop her artistic skills further by submitting works to a professional artist's guild where she was accepted and began to create amongst inspiring and accomplished artists. She says she will never forget her first day. She spent three hours at an adult-sized stool, hovering over her workspace, creating a landscape painting of a mountain and lake with a sailboat floating off into the distance.
"This was the beginning of my humbling journey within the artistic world where I started studying and making art with intention, using it as a tool to explore my imagination, spirituality, and the vast possibilities of creation."
She attended the Arts and Communications Academy in Frederick, Maryland where she continued studies in art history and studio art, becoming a featured artist in galleries of the Walter’s Art Museum of Baltimore and the Delaplaine Art Center of Maryland. She received her Bachelor’s degree in graphic design at the University of Maryland.
In her sophomore year, after delving deeper into yoga and meditation practices and experiencing profound shamanic and transcendental experiences, her art began to take on a surrealistic quality that matured into the visionary artworks that epitomize the messages and energetic representations of matter in other realms of the subconscious that she was exploring. She has live painted at various music and art festivals including Envision Festival in Costa Rica, the Conscious Collective in Pennsylvania, Clustxr in West Virginia, and Kinnection Campout in Tennessee.
After graduating, she created began a freelance art and design business Dorrian Designs, working with clients on projects from logo designs to huge mural paintings, tattoo designs to documentary music scores- and anything else creative that was in alignment with her heart! She is more than just an art creation machine, she embraces traveling, photography, reading, hiking, dancing, singing, and connecting with nature and people.
On September 1. 2018, she set off from her studio in Maryland to embark on a month and a half long adventure across the country to paint en plein air in awe-inspiring settings within National Parks. Drawing from her love of nature, wildlife, music, and environmental sustainability, I created works of art and musical pieces that brought an awareness to the importance of cherishing nature. Her work is a conduit and invitation to the viewer to unconditionally embrace the vast expanse of their consciousness. She views herself as a dedicated artist for the global awakening of humanity.
Join us November 18th at Gallery Lucid from 6pm-9pm for an evening of beauty, insight, and expression.
A portion of the proceeds go to All Things Wild, an Austin organization that promotes respect and compassion for all wildlife through public education and awareness; to rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife and release them back into the appropriate habitat; and to provide sanctuary for all animals in need.
Collaboration is key! Each piece was created by two or more artists, and that vibe of coming together resonated throughout the run of the show, with collaborative music, dance, tea service and more throughout the last month. What a show Merging Perspectives turned out to be!
Now it's coming to a close this Saturday, October 13th from 6pm to 9pm at Gallery Lucid, with live painting from the artists of Merging Perspectives. An informal, energetic gathering, the live paintings give the public an inspiring view into the artists' processes. For this event, though, we see several artists working on their processes together. It's a chance to meet the artists, get inspired, and enjoy the show once more before the paintings move to a new home. We've loved hosting the artists and their mind-bending works--this is definitely a show we're going to miss!
Evan Wagoner "Axiom"
William Allan Ros "W.A.R"
Remember a portion of the proceeds from this show goes out to Art from the Streets, providing a safe and encouraging environment in which the positive spirit of homeless and at-risk people is nurtured through artistic expression, and who provides them with a source of pride and income through the sale and display of their work. Purchase art you love and support a creative, wonderful cause!
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