Leigh Wood is an artist from Greensboro, North Carolina. She graduated with a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia and also received a BSED in K-12 Art from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. For three years Leigh taught middle school art in Charlotte and elementary art in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2001 she moved to Greenville, South Carolina where she now resides with her husband and two daughters’ ages six and four.
Over the past twelve years Leigh has drawn and painted many commissioned pieces, murals, and her own series of art. Her personal work, created with acrylics or oil pastels, is described as “imaginary landscapes” or “transformations.” The human-like trees with human appendages which appear in many of Leigh’s paintings stem from the landscape of Jekyll Island, Georgia, where she has spent many summers with her family.
Most recently, Leigh discovered an interest in creating fantasy animals in colored pencils and acrylics for children’s rooms. Many of the animals are broken up into faceted shapes and are cubistic in style with pattern backgrounds. Most of the animals are not gender specific.
Leigh’s other line of art are designed specifically for little girls up to the teens. These may be embellished with jewels, ribbons, and or tulle. She really enjoys going back and forth between the two, but she says, “I am most passionate about the animals because it is very similar to my own personal style of work.” Although she intended the paintings to be just for children, adults love them too.