Leigh Painting at Tubac Center of the Arts Garden Party Arizona

Leigh was raised on a farm in Western Nebraska near Scottsbluff National Monument, the Oregon Trail and the North Platte river.  She loved the rural life and growing up with horses and cattle in the wide open spaces.  Her mother encouraged her interest in drawing by arranging for summer painting lessons with a local artist.

Like many rural children, Leigh wanted to experience city life and something different than life on the prairie.  By the early 1980’s she was living in Southern California and working for Fortune 500 firm Hewlett Packard.  Leigh worked in various sales and executive management roles for the next twenty three years, but she dreamed of living away from the stresses of corporate life and painting and drawing again.  She left Hewlett Packard in 2006.

In 2007, she and and her late husband Joe Straight purchased a home in the artist community of Tubac, Arizona in the southeastern corner of the state.  It was back to a more rural life in the beauty of the Santa Cruz Valley, which has been the source of much of her inspiration.  

Leigh began painting and taking various drawing and painting classes.  She paints every day.  Her subjects include historic buildings and architecture, horses, still life and landscape.
“I paint as an expression of love for the beauty and life that surrounds me. The process of trying to capture a scene or image that inspires me gives me much enjoyment.  I hope that my paintings bring a sense of serenity and happiness to those that view them.”


Associate Member Oil Painters of America
Associate Member American Women Artists
Member of National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society Tubac Center of the Arts

Juried Shows:

2014 Tubac Center of the Arts Members Juried Show 2013 National Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oil - Oil Painters of America Oregon Trail Days Art Show 2013, Gering, Nebraska Border Celebrations, Tubac Center of the Arts 2013 Timeless Meditations, Tubac Center of the Arts 2012 Small Wonders Show, Flagstaff Arizona 2012 Miniatures Show, Tubac Center of the Arts 2011 Oregon Trail Days Art Show 2011, Gering, Nebraska Tubac Center of the Arts Members’ Juried Show 2010

Lily’s Gallery in Tubac at the Mercado de Baca, 19 Tubac Road is representing Leigh’s paintings.
 (520) 398 -1319  www.lilysoftubac.com 
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