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Magnolia Village

Block 2

Leah Lawless-Smith

Artwork of Leah Lawless-Smith

In my artwork, I love to explore images through my personal connection to the world. My paintings are generally cropped views of imagery that focus on the details rarely viewed but at a glance. By viewing a cropped section, the viewer is forced to see my viewpoint rather than the whole and miss the splendor of detail. I use imagery symbolism in my work to add meaning and a story. I use local, state, and historical images for my symbolism. The backgrounds of the paintings are patterns and colors to help intensify feeling and emotion.

As a painter in the media of acrylic, I enjoy playing with imagery that sparks imagination using color as a key component. I either use symbolism in my work to provoke the viewer or toy with my audience’s sense of reason. In the world we live in with photography being so accessible to us and the numerous photo apps, it is a note in history of life to create selfies and images unreal of ourselves and love ones. I have fallen in temptation of self indulgence as an artform.