San Diego Artist: Perry Vasquez, Part 1

(Posted at San Diego Union Tribune)

Yesterday I posted about Alexander Jarman, who is curating a show at the Southwestern College Art Gallery called More Real Than Life: An Exhibition of Contemporary Collage.

Today I’m focusing on Perry Vasquez, the gallery director, and artist in his own right.

Perry was nice enough to let me come to the Southwestern College Art Gallery to see the show coming together. It’s great to go see a show on opening night and view all the pieces, plumped up in the perfect light and showing off their party dresses, but there is something altogether fascinating to me about getting a behind-the-scenes look at the parts that make up the finished show. The nitty gritty, if you will. It’s enough to whet your appetite and make you hungry for opening night.

I’ve got another video coming of Perry, which I hope to post early next week, that focuses on his own work. The following video is a sneak peak into the upcoming exhibition, More Real Than Life.


Thursday, March 8: Opening
Artist Talk for Students and Staff: 12 p.m., Reception 11-1
Public Reception: 6-10 p.m. Artist Talk 7-7:30 p.m.
Light refreshments provided

Southwestern College is located at 900 Otay Lakes Road in Chula Vista, California. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9-5

Exhibiting Artists:

Sadie Barnette, Based in San Diego, CA.
Mike Calway-Fagen, Based in San Diego, CA.
Troy Dugas, Based in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Lola Dupre, Based in Avignon, France.
Chris Kardambikis, Based in San Diego, CA.
Gordon Magnin, Based in Los Angeles, CA.
Morgan Manduley, Based in San Diego, CA.
May-ling Martinez, Based in San Diego, CA.
Arturo Medrano, Based in New York City, NY.
Jason Sherry, Based in San Diego, CA.
Joshua Tonies, Based in San Diego, CA.

4 Paintings

All for sale. Email me if you’re interested.

OCEAN LADY, 24″X 20″ mixed media on canvas

BROWN SCAR, 24″ X 20″ acrylic, beeswax on canvas

TREE LINE, 36″ X 24″ acrylic on canvas

RED FRUIT, 24″ X 24″ mixed media on canvas

Moving Forward Fund

Hello Internet. How are you today? Good, I hope.

For reasons that I’m not comfortable sharing very much of yet, I need to move to my own place very soon. As of this moment, I don’t have enough money to do it. But, I need to, trust me. I have a very hard time asking for help, let alone money, so putting a donate button or whatever isn’t something I can do. However, my integrity has no problem doing a service for a price.

If you are game for it, I’m going to offer some custom works of art for various prices. If you aren’t game for it, that is totally cool, too. I have no idea if this will work or not, but I need to try. Thanks for not leaving a comment telling me how dumb you think I am or how stupid this idea is or how you are going to unfollow me now. Just go ahead and do whatever you need to do and I’ll do the same. This is an incredibly hard time for everyone in the household and we need support, not poopoo.

So here’s the deal. If you ever wanted your own custom painting, this is the time. You tell me some colors or an idea or email me a photo or whatever and the size and I will create something custom for you. Shipping is included in the price along with my thanks and love.

I can do watercolor, acrylic, found objects with modeling paste, ink and combinations of them all. Realistic or abstract. Pretty much anything you want except for oil, because it takes about 3 months to dry and since I will be moving, I don’t think that is going to work.

1 ink and watercolor blank card with envelope – $10
Set of 10 ink and watercolor blank cards with envelopes – $50
Custom name or word in blown ink – $40
Any style painting size 6″ X 8″ – $50
Any style painting size 16″ X 16″ – $80
Any style painting size 14″ X 18″ – $100
Any style painting size 20″ X 30″ – $160
Paper Mobile, any three colors – $120
Jewelry – email for prices

Send me an email [leahATleahpeahDOTcom] with your requirements and I’ll get started. I prefer payment via Paypal (my email address) and please allow up to two weeks for delivery.

Additionally, these are still for sale. There isn’t any room for them where I’m going, so if you want them, get them now. If you have the desire to invite people to view this post because you think they might like a custom Leahpeah work of art, please do so and thank you. xo

Forest in Blue

I’m obsessed with trees. I’ve done more tree sketches and paintings than I can count. I see something new all the time and try to capture it on canvas. This 4 foot square painting made with paper, modeling paste and acrylic paint is one of my all time favorites.

Forest in Blue

Detail –


Forest in Blue is for sale here. Other paintings are available here.

Maybe You Need a Painting!

Just like everyone else, we’re trying to get by over here at the ol’ homestead. If you have any wiggle room in your budget for high-quality paintings by an awesome person (that would be me) then NOW is the time, my friends, to buy my work. Use the links below to view the paintings, email me at my email and tell me which one you’d like and what your budget is, and I promise to work with you to make the sale happen. I prefer payment via Paypal. Really super-dooper GREAT deals if you buy today, Saturday or Sunday. (I’m working on adding the dimensions on all the paintings this afternoon or evening.)









Click here to view the top two trees in this image that are for sale.








Also for sale SOLD – the yellow circle chandelier.


I also do commissions like this one –