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Artist Spotlight: Leona Ottenheimer

Leona Ottenheimer’s whimsical paintings just had to be explored…



Visual artist Leona Ottenheimer grew up  (Leona King) the oldest of nine children in Long Harbour, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. Her mother, an emerging artist, very much inspired Ottenheimer from an early age. 







After high school, Ottenheimer completed Commercial Art studies at the College of Trades & Technology, followed by Graphic Design at Lawrence College and Visual Arts courses at the University of Windsor in Ontario.
Cape Spear by Leona Ottenheimer


Ottenheimer is a continuous learner. She has participated in and co-facilitated classes with such inspiring artists as Gerald Squires, Scott Goudie, Barbara Dorey, Michael Whitelaw, Gordon MacKenzie, Diana Dabinett, Henry Vyfvinkel, Edwin Matthews, Lloyd Pretty, Mary Nunn and Ed Roche.

Screech In by Leona Ottenheimer



Danny and Shovel 
by Leona Ottenheimer
Jean Chretien 
by Leona Ottenheimer


Ottenheimer, who has a passion for painting and drawing landscapes as well as portraits (for which she does commissions), creates inside The Art Room,” her studio in St. John’s.  







Cabot Tower and Boats by Leona Ottenheimer


The Spirit of St. John’s by Leona Ottenheimer
Just one of the ways her talent has been recognize, Ottenheimer has been awarded First Place in the Arts and Letters Competition (1997, sponsored by Government of Newfoundland and Labrador), the Highest Achievement Award (1992, Lawrence College) and the Ed Roche Best Artist Award (1990).
www.leonaottenheimer.com 







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