Created and Sold by Leah Nadeau

Leah Nadeau
Paintings by Leah Nadeau seen at Private Residence - Ann Arbor, MI, Ann Arbor - Blue Ribbon Acrylic Painting
Paintings by Leah Nadeau seen at Private Residence - Ann Arbor, MI, Ann Arbor - Blue Ribbon Acrylic Painting

Blue Ribbon Acrylic Painting

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Swirly shades of blue grey and yellow come together to make this neutral toned painting come to life. The gold highlights on the canvas will shine at night when the lights catch the canvas. It’s like fireflies!

This painting is called Blue Ribbon because it reminds me of a ribbon I would win competitively horseback riding growing up. I was an equestrian from age 8-20 and I loved competition in horse shows here in Michigan. Growing up I had a horse named Sailor and a pony named Chip.

Growing up I loved to spent hours at the barn riding, brushing the horses, doing anything I could to be at the stable. I miss riding, but because of my neck issues my doctor doesn’t recommend I ride anymore. I still love horses, though. They are beautiful and once you bond with a horse it’s a friend for life.

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Leah Nadeau

Leah Nadeau

Ann Arbor, MI


I began painting in 2015 as a reprieve from stress during my dissertation in graduate school. It was then I realized that I could better express myself with a paintbrush than with words. Before that, I truly thought writing was my favorite means of expression.

Using painting to express myself has lead me to be more confident in my skin, and accept myself for who I am. I feel that art has set me free in a way, allowing me to be authentically me all the time.

In the world of art, you are unique if you stand out, and I’ve always felt different and weird my whole life. Finally, a world where uniqueness was celebrated! The art community made me realize that being weird is beautiful. My work is bold and beautiful and my style is original. That’s something to celebrate!

After I discovered my passion for painting I began practicing for at least 8 hours per day. I was able to become a part time professional artist in 2016 only after a year of painting, from dedication and practicing my craft. Truly proof that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible.

I use art not only as a way to express myself, but also a way calm the noise in my brain from my OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and Attention Deficit Disorder. Painting forces me to be in the moment with my intuitive process, allowing me to be completely absorbed in the process for hours at a time. Painting is soothing to me and each finished work will tell a story if you look closely enough.

My paintings can easily be picked out of a crowd because of their style. Each painting takes several hours and isn’t finished until every detail is perfect. My favorite thing in the world is to make big custom paintings for clients. There’s a 6 foot by 4 foot painting behind me in the photo you see above! (More info on that here!)

I was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, but I’ve also lived and studied in San Francisco and the UK. I now call Ann Arbor, Michigan home. Go Blue!

Available for commission/custom work