Meet The Artists
Ms. Leef’s interest in art dates back to early childhood in the lakes and forests surrounding her Mountain Lakes home.
At age 7 Carol (Mimi) won 1st place in a United Nations Christmas Card contest.
After high school Mimi studied art with Judy Ballance, Garrett Orr, and Charles Dougherty.
After studying with Mr Dougherty (Bud) for a little over a year the two became studio partners, resulting in numerous 2 man shows throughout Sussex County. Their friendship and working partnership flourished for over 12 years until Bud’s death in June of 2000 at the age of 80.
Mimi worked for over 15 years as an illustrator, animator and Graphic Designer.
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Watercolor on Paper
Isabelle Azouz is a New York based artist, who primarily works in acrylic on canvas. She began painting as a young teenager, using it as a tool of self reflection, as well as a window to the emotional development which occurs from girlhood to womanhood. Her art uses vibrant colors to express the fluidity of emotion when growing up, and focuses on the battles one fights with oneself, in order to become the person one wishes to be.
Acrylic on Canvas
From an early age, my eyes and my camera quite often gravitated toward scenes of nature, especially of animals, plants and landscapes.
In my studies of zoology and in my career as a zookeeper, I had the privilege not only to learn about
animals, but also to get to know them as individuals.
The beauty and magnificence of nature is all around us, although not always noticed or appreciated in our busy lives.
I focus on bringing this beauty into our everyday life with the hope that you may feel nourished and enriched by it.
Through my photographic work, I aim to share my knowledge and experiences of being with animals and in nature and the feelings that they can inspire, with you.
Occasionally, I may include people enjoying nature, or signs of human activity in my photographs.I find this often helps provide a sense of scale for the immensity and grandeur of nature and also celebrates those times when we are fortunate enough to be outside in it.
Besides selling my photographic work from this website, I also use it as a way to share my photography with family and friends from around the world.
To that end, in addition to the Main Gallery : Nature, I have decided to add bonus galleries to the site which will show more of my travel-related photography.