Leah Raab is a professional fine artist, who concentrates on painting and drawing. She holds an MFA from the New York Studio School and a BFA with highest honors from the Bezalel Academy of Arts (Jerusalem). She has had numerous solo and group showings in the United States and Israel. In addition, Ms. Raab has taught art for over 35 years and has done a significant amount of freelance work.
My work reflects paradoxes of everyday life. What is not always apparent or clearly visible is lurking beneath the surface.
I focus on sites in Israel that are familiar to me that reflect internal tensions in a seemingly tranquil landscape, overlaid with a sense of impending danger that might explode at any moment. These cityscapes echo a sheltered and protected community where light and dark areas cast mysterious shadows, thus creating an atmosphere of foreboding.
I alternate between painting my environment in New York City and scenes of Israel, constantly comparing and contrasting my two homelands. My work expresses personal conflict of repeatedly moving back and forth between the two cultures. Using brushstroke and color to evoke a mood or feeling enveloping me in these settings, I depict places that hold deep significance for me.