I have painted for two decades, and am primarily self taught, though I've taken classes at the Gage Academy and Pacific Northwest College of Art and at the Art Students League of New York. I also spent five years in Eastern Europe studying painting and drawing privately with artists in Budapest, Hungary; in Yerevan, Armenia; and in Zagreb, Croatia.
I am currently represented by Fairweather Gallery in Seaside, Oregon; and by Salty Teacup Gallery and Boutique in Portland, Oregon; and by art dealer Jeffrey Howard in Portland, Oregon.
I have juried in as a Portland Open Studio artist every year between 2015 and 2019, and currently serve as chairman of the board. I have had solo shows at the Hadas Gallery in New York; at the Muevelti Terulet Gallery in Budapest, and at the American Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia, among others. My art is in private collections around the world.
I have taught art for 11 years, founding the Roaming Studio in 2010 (renamed Leah Kohlenberg Fine Art Classes in 2016). I was awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council grant to publish my first book, The Roaming Studio Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Faces, released in early 2016. I also offer an art at work program, designed to bring drawing and painting to non-artists in the workplace.