I am excited to introduce you to an artist I discovered on a recent New York adventure.

When I saw this artist’s colorful works at Gerald Bland Gallery, I knew I wanted to know more.

Enjoy getting to know

Leora Armstrong

Millbrook, New York

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What is your training? 

 Foundation Course, Kingston Polytechnic London

BA Hons Chelsea School of Art

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What inspires you and your designs?

Most of my concepts come from walking outside and what I see, and touch.  I am drawn to the the edges of where colours meet, whether they are a part of a landscape, urban or rural.  I am so inspired by light and how it plays throughout the day. Beaches and  Mountains are my favs. I work both US and Islay in Scotland where I grew up, the ocean is a strong pull for my work. 

 What is your favorite piece? 

I have many whom I follow and it is hard to narrow down. 

Stone work by Andy Goldsworthy especially set on the moor

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Richard Serra’s  Ten Core Steel in a big space, ie this desert

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Agnes Martin for her incredible subtlety

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Robert Mangold’s circles

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How has the your area influenced your work?

 I live in a rural area with great year round light, which is wonderfully inspiring to live in such a beautiful part of the world.  I need to be outside everyday and to be a part of the countryside, the light given is inspiring in all weathers. I love  the peace, light and space. Walking with my dogs on my own, drifting along is a great way for me to conceive work. 

What is your favorite restaurant in your area?

One of my local  favourites is Serevan, in Amenia NY a great experience with fab Middle Eastern food. 

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When in London, Ottolenghi

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What is your favorite cocktail?

 My only cocktail other than wine is Vodka and Soda on the rocks with a piece of lemon

How do you balance personal life and work?

 I live with my two young children ages 7 and 10  full time so we are busy, but they love to help me in the studio and as I work from home it makes it easier, but life would be dull if we were not busy.  My studio is at home,  next to our house so I can separate work and home but love my commute!! My work is a part of my living so I am always working if that makes sense, I am so lucky to be able to do something I love, I feel very blessed by this. My daughter is very keen to be an artist when she grows up!! 

Dream trip?

I am torn between Mongolia

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and the Nambian Desert

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both take 1st place at present. Walking in both places. 

Dream commission?

To conceive a piece for Storm King

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Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?

 Homemade preserved Lemons – great with a Moroccan roasted chicken and Harissa!! I love to cook! 

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Who is your style icon?

My best friend Selina Van Der Geest

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closely followed by Axel Vervoordt 

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Your favorite up and coming artist?

 Maya Lin at present 

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 What is your most treasured possession?

 Art/ objects  that my children have made for me. 

What are you reading?

 Michael Ondaatje  ‘Running in the family” his biography 

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What are you listening to?

Usually a massive mix on Pandora in the studio.. I have many choices, depending on my mood.. but always listening to music to work by, a list too long to name. 

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What are your favorite blogs / publications?

I tend towards Art .. Art Frieze, Artforum, Blouin Art, Artnet, Saatchi, Pace Gallery, Tate, to name a few.  Time is precious for me to work so I do not spend as much time as I would like following others.   I  need to keep the rural girl present. 

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Enjoy Leora’s work in various publications…

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Be sure to follow Leora on her website and on Instagram

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