Size: 14"W x 20"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2013
Union Pacific WY/CO is a homage to the enduring legacy of our trailways in the western United States. This battered and beautiful train engine has traveled further and farther than most of us will ever imagine and yet it endures. This piece captures that energy and pride.
Lesha Porche began studying art at age six at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. She won her first art scholarship at age eight to the Dayton Art Institute. Lesha won a Congressional Certificate of Honor for her work, as well as winning a Judge’s Choice (2013) and a 2nd place overall (2015) award at ArtsQuest in the Florida Panhandle. She won a Judge’s Recognition award at the Destin Festival of the arts in 2015. After creating a dual degree in Art & Architecture for her Bachelors of Design at the University of Florida Lesha worked as a graphic designer. She returned to Florida to earn a degree in Architecture for her Masters of Design. Lesha worked as a Community Planner for two years with the United States Air Force in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It was there she discovered some of the startling beauty of western horizons. Back in Florida in 2006, Lesha began investigating the local vistas. With the help of friends around the world she also paints international street scenes. Most of her work is concerned with creating a sense of spatial immersion – the viewer is drawn into, and feels a part of, the view she creates. Her training in architecture is evident in her use of line, depth and perspective. Each piece is created in pencil, then inked, then painted over in watercolor. Lesha lives and works in Niceville, Florida with her rescue dog Mac, who she sneaks into several paintings.