Leigh Ellis is a professional painter and teacher based out of Athens, Georgia. Currently she teaches watercolor classes across the Southeast and workshops with the Oconee Arts Foundation. She held an 8 year position teaching painting and drawing, printmaking and photography with Athens Academy in the Fine Arts Department. She currently exhibits her paintings in fine art shows in the spring and fall. She holds a MS degree in biology from the University of Guam and began her art career 23 years ago in biological illustration. She has studied painting and design at the University of Hawaii, Montana State University and participated in Smithsonian Institute workshops. Her paintings have been exhibited in juried and private shows from Hawaii to Georgia, including 12 solo exhibits. Her works have received many awards throughout the Southeast. Leigh has illustrated 5 books for Menasha Ridge Press and one book entitled The Journeyman’s Path in 2002. She is a Signature Member of the Georgia Watercolor Society.