Featured artist is Leanna Valente who is based in NY and is an amazing self-taught artist who's contemporary mixed art and photography, evokes imagery from both "the city and high fashion" for a modern and abstract-pop feel.

Her mixed media consists of acrylic, oil, spray paint, fabric and photography. She began painting at the age of five and concentrated in art throughout high school, college and beyond with continuing course work at the Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC) and Atlanta College of Art/SCAD in Atlanta, GA. 

Since 2001, she has participated in many gallery shows and solo exhibitions throughout New York City, Brooklyn, Long Island City, NY, Atlanta, GA, Southern CA and Miami, FL.  Her work has also been prominently displayed and sold to a variety of collectors through alternative spaces such as Starbucks, Tischman Speyer, the former Swiss Hotel Group, Georgia Pacific, AT&T Corporate, Bo Concepts NYC and New York and Atlanta area galleries, restaurants and boutiques.

Visit her new and inspirational blogartandfashionsalon.blogspot.com and also view her amazing collection at leannavalenteart.com.

Also, we are thrilled to have her as our "art and fashion" NY contributor for FV and tomorrow we are hosting a fabulous giveaway of one of Leanna's original mixed media art for one lucky reader so make sure to visit back for details! 

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