Kristin Leachman

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Biography

Kristin Leachman is a contemporary artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. Born in Washington, D.C., Leachman spent her early years in rural Virginia. Her work is noted for repositioning abstraction, figuration and geometry, painting seamless connections between the subliminal and sublime. Leachman studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received her BFA in Painting. She went on to study at The American Film Institute in Hollywood, receiving her MFA in Production Design and being awarded the Franklin J. Schaffner Fellowship. Leachman designed "Senzeni Na?" (“What Have We Done?”), nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

After several years of working on studio productions, Leachman returned to paintng. Leachman’s work is widely represented in museums and private collections including among others, The National Gallery of Art, The San Diego Museum of Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts and The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her current paintings explore patterning and symbolism in the xylem of trees. In 2016-2017, Laguna Art Museum presented a solo exhibition of Leachman's paintings, “Xylem Rays”. An oral history interview with Leachman is included in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.