ABOUT THE ARTIST
Leah Dockrill holds degrees in education, library science and law , and , in addition, has developed a thirty-year art practice that includes painting, collage and digital art.
She finds the three art forms equally engaging. Of collage, she says that the medium is a throwback to childhood when she could live at least some of the time in her paper doll universe. She could change the direction of lives from hour to hour. Creating collage generates a very similar energy.
Leah says that there are many benefits in working with different art forms. She is able to move comfortably from the intricacies and planned structures of a collage portrait or anecdotal collage to free-form painted abstracts or large acrylic landscapes. She frequently uses her skills in digital art to create designs which then emerge in her own printed art papers. From time to time these printed papers make their way into her collages as well as her painted abstracts. These interactions result in a very satisfying synergy for the artist.
Leah’s work, both collages and paintings, have been exhibited in Canada and the U.S. She has won numerous awards (such as the Gold Artist Award, August 2018 and the Bronze Artist Award, April 2019, both from Art Ascent :Art & Literature Journal.) As well, several other art and literature reviews have published her images in recent months. Some of these are Cosumnes River Journal, The Remembered Arts Journal The Raw Art Review, Split Rock Review, Mud Season Review, Glassworks Magazine, The Esthetic Apostle, High Shelf Press ;Cleaning Up Glitter and Gulf Stream Literary Magazine.
Leah says that she feels quite blessed , if at the end of the day, she has succeeded in producing an image, whether in paper or in paint, that elicits a positive reaction in a viewer.
Leah has been an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists since 2000, and lives in Toronto with her husband and a pair of Siberian Neva Masquerade cats.