If Lois Leuch were to write a book explaining her approach to and
the philosophy of her work, it might be titled "Adventures in Watercolor."
Her goals are: to have fun, to have fun, and to have fun. She
determined up front if the process became too tedious, she would give it up.
Lois' earliest career was in ready-to-wear. She opened her own
clothing store in Arcadia in 1950. She dedicated a total of thirty-six
years to her business. In retirement, Lois developed the philosophy
that enough time had been spent dotting i 's and crossing t's.
For one year in the early 70's, Lois studied oils. Her
experience with this media was not positive. a tight, analytical style
was taught, with little margin for experimentation. So, Lois
eventually turned to watercolor. In order to break free, Lois says, "I
just wanted to throw paint."
In the subsequent years with watercolor, Lois has investigated many
avenues. She has studied with an impressive list of established
artists, such as: Sylvia Megerdichian, Milford Zornes, Robert E. Wood,
Christopher Schink, Barbara Nechis, Tom Fong, Dick Tarkington, Chris Van
Winkle, Gladys Nichols, Hal Lambert, Robert Hallett, and others.
Lois has won several awards from area art shows and competitions.
She is an active member of Mid-Valley Arts League and serves on the Board of
Directors for the Associated Artists of the Inland Empire.