14 February 2020

                  'As Above, As Below 1' acrylic, collage on panel 30" x 30" 

               'As Above, As Below 2' acrylic, collage on panel 30" x 30" 

              'As Above, As Below 3' acrylic, collage on panel 30" x 30" 

              'As Above, As Below 4' acrylic, collage on panel 30" x 30" 


Feathers stop me in my tracks.  They exude mysticism, power and freedom.  I think about birds a lot, how it must feel to catch a 'wave of air' and ride it.  These paintings show a feather catching a 'wave of air'. 





Some tears, Some smile and Total 100% Appreciation!!!

06 January 2020





It was the season for dogs!  And how I loved doing every brush stroke of these four legged beauties!!!  Some have passed, some soon, and some just born but I am told the reaction was the same.....utter joy, happiness and gratitude for 'preserving' their 'best friend'.  Thank you for thinking of me to do your beloved pet portraits! xxoo





Happy New Year!

27 December 2019

An Early Christmas Gift

23 December 2019


He said:  "the portrait brought tears to her eyes and he was touched that someone would paint him.  On the wall it will forever hang." 



ART arrives in South Wilkes-Barre!

29 October 2019

Steve Taren, the owner of Wet Paint came to me a couple months ago with the idea to give ode to the pop artist movement in the actual word ART. Along with two boys on 1970's banana bikes looking up at Mary Poppins, a young couple cuddling, cats, dogs, and spontaneity to allow for 'art in process'. I began the studies and the collaboration began. Back and forth, changes, deletes, additions, until the very end which was yesterday. The "A" was given to Keith Haring, "R" to Andy Warhol, and "T" to Roy Lichtenstein. The idea was to show 'ART IN PROGRESS' with the artist on scaffolding creating with their supplies around the scene. The 'artist' seen as a preliminary gesture study - the beginning- yet also depicted in a ghost like image to suggest the artist 'leaves' yet 'remains'. The cardinals were added at the end to represent our mothers who both have passed. They are in full color - with us every brushstroke of the way. For the past month the residents of South Wilkes-Barre walked by and gave such genuine support and gratitude for the positive addition to their neighborhood. They were awesome. This is the eighth project Steve and I have done together, and not the last!







Art lesson outside the Box

06 October 2019

                           'Skye and student deciding on which color to use next'

What to do when presented with a big cardboard box, paint, scissors and unlimited solutions?  After this project I reread what I underlined in "Encouraging Creativity in Art Lessons' by George Szekely : "The main thing we want students to take home with them after the art course is over in not a collection of artworks but a knowledge of how to set off on a personally safisfying adventure that may last them throughout their lives."


Over the Top Employees Lounge

23 September 2019

                    'River common, Kirby Center and Kirby Park'

                      River common, Kirby Center and Kirby Park continued ;  )

Ubiquity - a  worldwide company based out of New York City recently opened a call center in Wilkes-Barre.  They are in the process of making the employees lounge a 'safe haven' with couches, arcade games, tvs  and a wall of local WB scenes of which they asked me to paint.  The call center isn't 100 percent up and running however the folks who are there now are the most wonderful people.  There was such a good feeling there and I believe that starts at the top and works its way down! 



Art e Fekts

10 September 2019

                   Example of cool sign of all the businesses on Main Street




                  With Cam of Raw Nucleus with Curtis Salonick in background


                                   with Bob Kelly from the YMCA        


Mike Lombardo and Mary Kroptavich said to be prepared to speak at the opening Thursday night.  The opportunity didn't arise so here are some things I was going to say.  The number one question people ask:  'what do the numbers mean in my work'?  They always go up to my age.  I used to put the numbers high if I felt it was a good year and low if it wasn't.  My perception has shifted and I now know that within a year there can be good and bad. That being the case the numbers now go sequentially and are often inside a square like a calander.


 A patron/student/ friend  came for an art lesson last week and brought all the mailings (show announcements and Christmas cards) I have sent to her in the past twenty five years!  It was so amazingly kind of her to keep them .... the sort of thing a mother would do.  I separated them into reccurring themes: figure, nature, object and abstract.   Often the mark making being the same whether abstract or representational.  

The figure is usually in motion.  The painting 'Fifty' came from being a yoga retreat with my sisters.  The teacher, Bryan Kest said being able to bend over is one move you never want to lose. I feel it's such a joy to be able to move the body and it's a place where mind can be turned off or at least quieted : ).  


 A friend/patron suggested I do more nature paintings since I'm outside all the time and feel so entirely grounded by mother earth.  This show depicts nature painted on silk charmeuse  which is my way of doing 'watercolor -like' paintings, big!  I love the immediate response of how the paint moves on the silk and the vibrancy of color.  I also have more abstracted figure works which show a layering of acrylic and obsessive numbering and mark making.


What a treat to be part of the art in Pittston!  The city asked me to do a mural which is at the end of Main Street  several years ago.  I have  had the honor of working with Judy Greenwald's art classes at Pittston Area High School, doing two murals - one of which is on Main Street (Greetings From Pittston) and one that is to be hung in the courtyard of the high school.  And now a show at Art e Fecks which is up for a month as well as works which will stay throughout the year.  So many people have come together to make Pittston a destination point.  Amazing what the arts can do for a community to raise the aesthetic bar! 

Upcoming Show in Pittston

14 August 2019

Create-Maintain-Destroy by Leigh Pawling

 · Hosted by Art e Fekts Gallery

    Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM

    Art e Fekts Gallery


    71 South Main Street, Pittston, Pennsylvania 18640

Rolling Mill Hill Mural~

18 July 2019


The residents of Rolling Mill Hill were included in suggesting improvements for the Spruce Street Park in Wilkes-Barre.  A concrete wall measuring 52' x 8 1/2' and a side wall measuring 11' x 8 1/2'  proved a perfect place for a mural.  Children, animals, nature, diversity, historical image as well as the words Rolling Mill Hill were suggested subject matter.  While painting I observed the neat 10am -2pm program available for children with lunch activities and daily story hour.  Overhearing Dr. Suess among other favorites was a first while painting yet one I truly enjoyed!  





Show At Marquis in Scranton - First Friday April 5 !

30 March 2019

You Couldn't Script This...

01 February 2021

The last four people who have sent me photos of my work in their homes, placed the piece on their mantle above the fireplace with each exclaiming, 'the place of honor'.  What an honor, indeed! : )



                       Silk painting now living in Scranton, Pa 



                       Maine house portrait now haning in Washington DC



                           Silk painting now hanging in Kennsington Square, Pa


      Only these two paintings from condo  were saved from fire in Philly, Pa 







We can't Complain about our FALL!

13 November 2020

Someone recently said one thing we can say about 2020 is the spring, summer and fall were perfect!  Someone else said after viewing my latest piece that 'it's just how they'll remenber this fall when they close their eyes.' 


                            'Our 2020 Fall'          44"x44          fabric paint on silk         

Painting for Conference Room Depicting New Brand

25 September 2020

Berkshire Asset Management in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is changing its logo and brand from the profile of a dog's head to a tree in every season. Ken joined Berkshire in 1990 after serving eleven years as senior portfolio manager for the First Eastern Bank trust's company. They have stood the test of time, weathering all seasons with clients locally and globally.  Hence the impetus for the painting was born: a tree in all seasons, and a bridge (the very gorgeous Market Street Bridge!) 'bridging' clients near and far.  Ken asked for a red cardinal in the painting to honor the clients who have passed.  We agreed to add the dog's silhouette, albeit subtle.... can you find it?  What a great project and so rewarding to see this 4' x 6' acrylic commission hung in such a beautiful conference room overlooking public square.  Thank you Ken! 



She said "Why are you doing this?"

15 June 2019

From the playground swing she said "why are you doing this?", I said "to make it nicer for you."




The Grandfather

02 June 2019


The grandfather.... I guess its true..... a picture says a thousand words.....


This was commissioned by the mother of the son - perhaps a future surgeon?  Time will tell.

Full Circle

20 May 2019

Today I received an abundance of thank you notes from the Tunkhannock art Core group and their art teacher, Debbie Donowski.  It was full circle as the theme of our residency was GRATITUDE.  Boy, did this ever blow me away - and I am so grateful for the time they took to write me handwritten letters.  Truly made my month!   THANK YOU!!!! 


Tunkhannock Field Trip

24 April 2019


My art residency ended yesterday with a great art trip with twenty three 'core group' sixth graders.  We were so thankful to be welcomed with open arms at Marquis art and Frame, the Sordoni art gallery, the Wyoming Valley art league, Wet Paint and Linde Headquarters in Pittston.  At Marquis we saw part of the amazing hubcap exhibition which was the brain child of Ken Marquis. At the Sordoni we saw the Syracuse Art collection of Japanese woodcuts.  The gallery provided materialswe so the kids could do their own mono print.  President Don Armstrong of the  WVAL gave a tour of the circular building and we saw the members juried exhibiton.  At Wet Paint owner Steve Taren showed us his unique building with the machines used to create tee shirts, cut out and wrapped vehicles.  And lastly we were given lunch and tee shirts at lunch at Linde Headquarters in Pittston and viewed four floors of artwork which rotates three to four times a year. 






Gratitude Steps 'Unveiling' and Breakfast

18 April 2019

Today teachers, school board members, parents and grandparents arrived at 7am to a breakfast (with the band playing) to honor the 'unveiling' of the backside of the school 

steps.  An art core group of twenty four sixth graders diligently worked under the guidance of me,and art teachers Debbie Donowski and Krista Truesdale.  This is the twenty first year the middle school has had an artist in residence thanks to the persistence and hard work of Debbie.










'As Above, As Below" Opening at Marquis in Scranton

07 April 2019

What a great night in Scranton, Pa! Thanks to all who came out on a rainy cold night to see art!  Live music was coming in from connecting Adezzo coffee shop.  Thanks to all the well wishes, email responses, texts, flowers - so appreciated. xxoo

                   Birds eye view in great gallery space - the Laundry Building


               In front of 'As Above, As Below - Blue lines" series


            me with two of my most favorite little people who're growing too fast....