In the Manhattan Arts International juried exhibition “The Healing Power of ART now on view through June 30, 2015, we received a wide variety of entries from artists worldwide. Many wonderful artists, such as Leah Davies and Lisa Freidus, submitted art that lifts our spirits and speaks to the heart. In addition to existing as beautiful works of art they also possess attributes that bring healing to viewers and ultimately enrich the lives of their owners.
Leah Davies, whose graphite drawing of “Prudence” is shown above, is an artist from Boston, Massachusetts. She also paints portraits in oils. With her entries she provided this statement: “Having animals in our lives can affect us in many ways: heal our soul, provide companionship and give us purpose. Whether to celebrate a friend that has past or highlight their unique disposition, my portraits of pets bring those special animals closer to their owner’s hearts.”
Davies’ interest in art began at an early age and her talent was encouraged and nurtured by her mother. Her love for animals has also continued throughout her life. On her website she explains, “When I was a little girl I dreamt of my grandmother winning the lottery so I could buy a farm and fill it with animals.”
She began painting portraits of people and animals ten years ago and exclaims, “I discovered it’s what I absolutely love to do.”
When you visit her website you will find examples of her portrait commissions, many of which show works in progress, in addition to testimonials from satisfied clients.
Visit Leah Davies’ website: www.LeahDaviesArt.com
Lisa Freidus is an artist from Fort Meyers, Florida who is known for her innovative mixed media 3-D works of art that have attracted numerous collectors and more than 30 awards. She states, “A ‘smile’ can produce positive changes in the physiology of one’s body. To attain this goal, I incorporate fanciful compositions and sophisticated colors within my 3 D Mixed Media. Whimsical and uplifting wooden images leap off the surface of each painting, with frames created in the style of Trompe L’Oeil.”
She also writes, “These designs express my refusal to be confined by an inner ear imbalance which I live with daily. I believe humor is the doorway we may enter to survive challenging times.”
The artist believes her art can mend and heal others through generosity. Each year she donates a painting to “Arts for ACT” to their annual live Auction Gala which is held in Fort Myers, Florida and in 2013 she was honored as one of the “6 Artists of ACT.” This nonprofit organization and art gallery provides help to woman of Domestic and Sexual violence and Human Trafficking.
Visit Lisa Freidus’ website: www.lisafreidus.com