Leah Thompson, Delight Cover Artist

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Leah Thompson Cover Artist

Award Winning American Artist from Philadelphia, Leah Thompson

When we were searching for the cover of When Women Waken – Delight, we wanted art that would do justice to the issue’s theme. As soon as we saw Spirit Dancer, we knew we had found not just an amazing painting but also an amazing artist. The movement inherent in Spirit Dancer took our breath away.

Philadelphia native, Leah Thompson has been painting for over 20 years. She’s a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and holds a BFA in Fine Arts and a BS in Art Education.

She has won many awards including:

Best in oil painting at Virginia Western (2008)

2nd place for Pastels in Smith Mountain Art Council (SMAC) Art Show (2008)

2nd place in oils from the League of Roanoke Artist (LRA) Art Showcase (2011)

2nd place at the SMAC Art Show (2011)

The Purchase Award at the Art and Jazz in July Festival in Salem (2012)

1st place at the Art and Jazz in July Festival in Salem  (2012)

1st place at the Art and Jazz in July Festival in Salem (2013)

1st place in painting at the Giles County ‘Art on the Lawn’ (2014), and

the Mobility Award at The Taubman Museum of Art’s ‘Sidewalk Art Show’ (2014).

She is currently exhibiting at Second Helpings Gallery (Roanoke, VA), and Black Dog Salvage (Roanoke, VA).

Leah says, “I like my works to be filled with movement and expression as well as color. My interest lies in capturing the spirit of the subject. I am inspired by the colors in Degas’ later works.”My art is about passion. The subject I choose whether figurative or floral is second to my passion for the application of paint and color.”

She is currently an elementary art teacher for the Roanoke City Public Schools. Her hobbies include gardening, exercising and healthy cooking. She lives with Jonathan, her husband of 17 years, and her son.



Category: Delight, When Women Waken Literary Journal

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  1. Leslie Moon says:

    Leah the cover for the fall issue of When Women Waken is amazing. A work of art to be very proud of!!!

  2. Kerry Holjes says:

    We are so very honored and proud to have Leah’s art on our cover. Leah, you’re a treasure, and I thank you for working with me. You have such a generous spirit.

  3. I felt like I was staring at my own poem “Disco Inferno”. Beautifully illustrated. Thank you, Leah!

  4. Carmel Mawle says:

    The colors and motion are gorgeous! So rich.

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