Leah Waichulis B. 1979
Through a Pane of Glass
Oil on board
5 x 7 inches
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
'Through a Pane of Glass' is an imagining of the time and place when singer/songwriter Susanne Vega composed the a capella song 'Tom's Diner.'
The songwriter was inspired by a comment by her friend, a photographer, who mentioned that in his work, he sometimes felt as if "he saw his whole life through a pane of glass." Vega attempted to write the song from this perspective, while sitting at Tom's Restaurant in NYC.
The painting is based on the interior of Tom's Restaurant, imagining what it may have looked like one morning in 1981 when Vega may have composed the song.
Inspired by: "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega
In her paintings and drawings of interiors and landscapes, Leah Waichulis combines direct observation with memory and emotion, conveying an authentic sense of place.
Leah Waichulis exhibits in galleries nationwide and was recently featured in two North Light Books: Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing and Strokes of Genius: Light and Shadow. Her artwork has been included in national and international publications such as American Artist, Artist's Magazine, Drawing, International Artist, and featured on the cover of Art Calendar. She has received awards from Artist's Magazine, American Women Artists, Salon International, and International Artist's Magazine.
Today, she and her husband live and work in their home and studio in Bear Creek Township, Pennsylvania. In 2009, they completed their first instructional DVD, The Waichulis Studio Drawing Clinic: First Steps. Leah, Anthony, and the students at Ani Art Academy Waichulis continue to work together on a daily basis and have become vital to each other's creative process.
Leah Waichulis graduated cum laude with an Associate’s Degree in Painting and Illustration, studied Fine Art at Pennsylvania State University, and completed the apprenticeship program at The Waichulis Studio. Leah Waichulis' work continues to evolve with her ongoing study of fine art.