Leanne spent much of her early years in South Africa and this provided her with exposure to the vibrant colourful culture, vast landscape and natural beauty of authentic Africa. Being brought up in the affectionately known Rainbow Nation, Leanne had the opportunity to study under celebrated artists John Smith and Richard Rennie. Their mentorship inspired Leanne to continue exploring her artistic talent and travel extensively across Europe, Central America and Canada. This further fuelled Leanne’s passion for Design and Fine Art, which prompted her to work in the design industry.

Since her move to Western Australia more than a decade ago, Leanne has successfully established herself as a foremost Portraiture Artist in Perth. Colour and most importantly light, have become the key elements to her work. Through energetic brush strokes Leanne skilfully conveys her love of rhythm and movement.


1984 - 1985    University of Natal, South Africa, Bachelor of Commerce (partially completed)

1985 - 1986     Technikon Natal, South Africa, Graphic Design (partially completed)

1995 - 2000     Pascal Chandlers School of Art, Durban

Recent Exhibitions

2010    Oceania’s, City Beach (solo)

2010    Hale Art Show (Group)

2007 - 2010     Picasso Art and Framers Group (Group)

2007    Margaret River Gallery (Group)

2007    Gallery 360

Recent Awards 

2004    Highly Recommended and Merit Award Perth Royal Show Visual Art

2002    Highly Recommended People’s Choice Award, Stirling Art Show

2001    People’s Choice Award, Stirling Art Show

1998    Best Watercolour, Watercolour Society Annual Art Award, South Africa