Leah Macdonald


Leah Macdonald during her exhibition at Cerulean Arts

My work is a dialogue between my imagination, my curiosity, my imperfections and my desires. I express the tales of womanhood, sharing stories through form, color and texture. 

I am a portrait artist. I primarily photograph women and embellish the photographs with layers of beeswax, colored wax, painting and drawing. Adding wax for texture and color for mood changes the black and white photographs. Wax embellishes and veils my subjects and I draw to decorate and control the image. The ability to layer mediums and constantly change appearance and texture allows me to stray from reality and reach the playground of imagination. I am interested in images from nature and designs that have floral and intricate forms.
I have enjoyed a varied career path within the arts. I shoot digital commercial photography and I own a small company that designs handmade art books and wedding albums. I taught photography for 7 years at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. I am currently the Education Curriculum Director at the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center. In 2017 I was selected as the recipient of the NewCourtland Fellowship by The Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Now, over twenty years into my career as an artist and art educator, I have taught and exhibited all over the world — from being invited to do a live encaustic painting demonstration on the Martha Stewart show to working in the theater as the scenic director of In My Body: The Musical.


Memorial, encaustic photograph, 48" x 24"  Inquire


Have and Have Not, encaustic photograph, 10" x 16"  Available 


Shadow, encaustic photograph, 16" x 12"  SOLD  


Offering, encaustic photograph, 10" x 8"  Inquire


Imagination, encaustic photograph, 11" x 6"  Available 


Two Worlds, encaustic photograph, 20" x 16"  Inquire


Split, encaustic photograph, 20" x 16"  Inquire


Red Flowers, encaustic photograph, 20" x 16"  Inquire


Black Lace, encaustic photograph, 16" x 16"  Available 


Snake, encaustic photograph, 17" x 10.5"  Inquire 


Lace, encaustic photograph, 10" x 10"  SOLD 


Ghost In You, encaustic photograph 12" x 12"  Inquire


Garden, encaustic photograph, 10" x 8"  Available 


Flower Balloons, encaustic photograph, 10" x 10"


Feather Helmet, encaustic photograph, 10" x 8"  SOLD


Fire, encaustic photograph, 20" x 16"  Available 


Dream Dress, encaustic photograph, 20" x 16"  SOLD  


Dancer, encaustic photograph, 24" x 16"  SOLD


Window, encaustic photograph, 6" x 6"  SOLD


Rain Garden, encaustic photograph, 24" x 18"  Inquire


Kiki's Skirt, encaustic photograph, 14" x 11"  Inquire


Robe, encaustic photograph, 30" x 24.5"  Inquire
 

Dancer, encaustic photograph, 30" x 24.5"  Inquire


Black Dots, encaustic photograph, 14" x 11"  Inquire


Daydream, encaustic photograph, 8.5" x 6"  Inquire


Hard to be Me, encaustic photograph, 10" x 10"  Available 


Dream Dots, encaustic photograph, 10" x 10"  Available 


Black Flower,
encaustic on board, 5" x 3"  SOLD 


Flower Abstract 1, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 24" x 18"  SOLD 


Halloween, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 12" x 12"  SOLD  


Hidden,
encaustic photograph on wood panel, 20" x 16"  SOLD


Organic,
encaustic on board, 7" x 5"  SOLD 


Orange Skirt, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 24" x 18"  SOLD 


Red Flower,
encaustic on board, 5" x 3"  SOLD 


Feather,
encaustic on board, 5" x 3"  SOLD


Pale Blue, encaustic on board, 6" x 6"  SOLD