I feel things deeply; I often ponder the state of humanity, the struggles of our world and the outlook for our collective future. My art is an expression of my emotions, thoughts and passions. I express myself outwardly on canvas in color and texture. This is deeply gratifying for me as it allows me to share with others, my innermost feelings.
I choose to use acrylic paints for its quick drying time. This enables me to create layers on canvas. This helps me demonstrate complexity. I use everyday kitchen items, recycled cardboard and many other tools to create original forms and textures in my art. I enjoy the journey of painting new pieces. There is a thrill of discovering what my work will yield next. It's what keeps me engaged.
I paint to inspire, challenge, and calm the soul.
With a passion for expressing life through art, Mah Leah Cochran's works feature themes involving nature and the human condition. Her art is characterized by its broad diversity of subject, symbolism, color, texture and form.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Mah Leah Cochran holds degrees in Economics and Political Science with a minor in International Affairs from Hofstra University in New York. She has devoted much of her energy to helping others both in her career and in her humanitarian work around the world.
Mah Leah Cochran has traveled extensively to work with NGOs including Doctors for life International in Africa and also with many other organizations in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Her work with children in South Africa, aid work in the aftermath of the 2013 Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes and aid efforts in the wake of the total devastation of the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti have made a lasting impact on her world view and exposed her to realities that influence her art, life and pursuits to this day.
"Art can inspire, challenge, and calm the soul."
-- Mah Leah Cochran
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