Watercolors by Leota

Leota began taking art lessons at the age of 10 and entered her art work in local fairs in Heavener, Oklahoma where she grew up.

Later, she attended Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, Oklahoma where she continued to take art with Journalism as her major. In 1966, Leota studied art at Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colorado. Her family moved to California in 1967 and she studied art at College of Marin in Kentfield. Later, she studied Watercolor under Ken Potter of Corte Madera and sketching under Eva Diamond.

Leota joined the Marin Watercolor Society and participated in group showings with other members.

In 1995, she moved to Franklin, North Carolina. While in Franklin, she joined the Watercolor Societies of Franklin, N.C., Sylva, N.C., Ashville, N.C. and Highlands, GA. Leota showed her work in all of these locales to great success and acclaim. While in North Carolina, she was commissioned to do watercolors both privately and commercially.

Since returning to California in 2002, Leota lived for a short time in Kelseyville and had an art show at their Courthouse and Art Gallery. In 2003, she had an art show in the Art Gallery of the Lake Merritt Methodist Church in Oakland. Last fall, she had a private showing in South Oakland. Her most recent showing was at the Bay View Boat Club in San Francisco in September 2007.