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Leah K. Tomaino
Randolph , NJ
Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media

Artwork Details
Blooming Cherry
Acrylic & Paper on Canvas
50" x 46"

Leah K. Tomaino received her BFA from Cooper Union in NYC and her MA from William Paterson University, NJ, both with concentrations in painting.  She has studied abroad at The Studio Art School of the Aegean in Samos, Greece. Tomaino teaches painting to adults and children at Artworks Studio, through the Randolph Township Parks and Recreation Department in Randolph, NJ.  She is also an adjunct professor at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ.  In addition, she has taught workshops at the Children’s Museum in NYC and was a grant recipient from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation in NYC.  Leah was a member of The Atlantic Gallery in NYC for ten years, where she served as vice-president for three of those years.

Of her work Tomaino states, “My trees are grounding to my soul. I am taken aback by the beauty and intangible qualities of trees: the various textures of their barks; the different spreads of their crowns; their amazing flowers and fruits and foliage; and most of all, their spectacular rejuvenation after what appears to be a most definite death in the bleakness of a cold, dark winter. In our largely urban society, the ability to appreciate trees has become dulled-the ability to see the wonder in a tree, the magic and the mystery, the indescribable peace and contentment that can fill one’s heart. I try to show this to the viewer with meditative slender roots that sprout out into the sky. Using acrylic, oil, pen, paper and canvas, my trees are a surreal reminder of the peaceful, centered energy of the miraculous, natural living world which surrounds us. My latest collages are made from torn, recycled brown shopping bags. I am interested in the concept that they started out as trees and then were made into paper which was torn and collaged into an image of a tree. The trees provide the required inspiration and energy. My works are personal metaphors of my spirituality-conscious and direct affirmations of life after death, death after life, and life within death.  A quiet harmonic stillness is comprehended.”

Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the tri-state area and is in many private and public collections. Her solo shows have included Trees - Collages & Paintings in Long Valley, NJ and Trees - Paintings & Drawings at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, NJ.  Group shows include the 21st Annual International Juried Show at Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit, Ménage Au Tree at Sidetracks Art Gallery in New Hope, PA, and Annual Juried Exhibition of Paintings, Graphics & Sculpture by Non-Members at Salmagundi Club in NYC.