I grew up in Pasadena, CA, which has influenced my aesthetic in many ways, both as subject for paintings, and my love of classic architecture. I earned my BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where I graduated with Distinction. My major was illustration, so I am drawn to a narrative approach in my fine art.

I subsequently worked in creative fields for 15 years, and taught oil painting for 6 years. During that period, there was very little time to devote to art making, but I did create a series of large format paintings, some taking a year to complete. These were an outlet for my particular style, and love of constructing tangible objects. I incorporated discards as a way to recycle and to reinforce certain themes within the art.

After finally leaving the corporate world, I have been able to resume creating art on a more consistent basis. Having the experience of working in a variety of industries for 26 years has renewed my passion for creating my own art, and brought about the desire to share it with the public.

– – Leah Knecht



B.F.A. – ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN – Graduated with Distinction.

A.A. – PASADENA CITY COLLEGE – Emphasis in art and design.