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Art & Life with Leah Berman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leah Berman.

Leah, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My creativity and love for the outdoors was nurtured from an early age by my grandfather. I was born in Tallinn, Estonia and raised by my grandparents while my mother set up life for us in a permanent move to Los Angeles, CA. Prior to immigrating to the United States at age seven, some of my fondest childhood memories are of drawing lessons after dinner and weekend outing trips by the Baltic sea and long walks through winter forests.

Art consistently interested me throughout high school, and I knew that I wanted to study visual art in college; by now my grandfather had unfortunately passed away and this choice was partly an homage to his memory. At the University of California, Santa Cruz I dual majored in Anthropology and Art, but I honestly did not expect my new artistic skillset of landscape painting and abstract metal fabrication to impact me after graduation in 2012.

Over time, I realized I still had an innate need to express myself creatively. Although I could not find the time, self-discipline, space, or financing for traditional painting or welding after graduation, I slowly started taking phone photos on hiking trips. The same methodical deep calm that I experienced in art school studios was present as I photographed the outdoors and learned how to edit using Adobe products in my spare time. At first only a hobby, photography allowed me to explore a different medium of artistic expression, one that I now know is my present and future. Now equipped with a DSLR camera, lenses, and tripod; photography and videography are my new artistic outlet; molded and inspired by my past.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My work focuses on exploring the natural environment and the beauty found in the subtle details of the world we can often take for granted. Within my cinemagraphs, gifs, and videos I wish to capture and share an infinite moment. My photography is meant to inspire others to appreciate the outdoors in some way. Whether it be visiting a National Park or simply taking a walk in a park; I believe nature can provide infinite healing, creativity, and transformation for all.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities, and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
In my last art studio class in college, I had an art professor tell us that most of us will never truly “make it” as artists in the art world for a variety of reasons, but that we would never regret trying. I think that following the artistic path is often synonymous with the phrase “struggling artist” in our society, but I personally do not want to wonder the artistic “what ifs” many years from now if I had decided to invest my energies into a different field. Creativity and artistic expression is something that can never be taken away from you. I recommend pursuing whatever makes you happy, evolving your skills, and possibly exploring different and more economical mediums if need be. Good things come to those who wait, and you never know where your art will take you or how it will shape you for the future unless you never tried at all.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I post recent work on Tumblr (https://leahberman.tumblr.com/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/leah_berman/) regularly, and some favorite projects can be viewed on my website (www.leahbermanstudio.com).

Most of my work can be purchased, printed, and/or licensed. I am also available for commissioned projects and events. Please direct any inquiries to my email: leahberman.art@gmail.com.

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