Leah Kohlenberg has painted for two decades, and is primarily self-taught, though she’s taken classes at the Art Students League of New York, the Gage Academy in Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, and studied privately for five years with professional artists in Eastern Europe. She is represented by Cambium Gallery in Astoria, Oregon, and Salty Teacup in Portland, Oregon, and her art is in private collections worldwide. Her paintings use unexpected colour and visible drip marks to convey vibrancy, movement and the temporary transience of all subjects.
She runs an online art school called The Roaming Studio, and was awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council grant to publish her first book, The Roaming Studio Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Faces, released in early 2016.
She and serves as board president of Portland Open Studios, a non-profit supporting professional artists, in Portland Oregon; and treasurer of the newly founded Olive Rush Memorial Studio, which will turn artist Olive Rush’s house in Santa Fe, NM, into a public museum dedicated to supporting women and indigenous artists.