Artist Leila Kleiman is among the featured artists in the BVS Cultural Arts Association's 2014 Art Show
"I began my career as a traditional painter," said Leila Kleiman, "usually choosing oil and canvas to express this inner vision occupying my thoughts. Then, quite by accident, I had the good fortune to study design and stone carving with Allan Houser in Colorado. Carving is taking away that which is extraneous. Line and form replace color as a guide."
Kleiman has explored many mediums as an artist.
"I began in Chicago, traveled to Los Angeles and finally settled in Ojai for 18 years. I showed with the Ojai Studio Artists and the museum. Whenever I go back, I always visit my large triptych at the Ojai Valley Hospital."
The artist moved to Tehachapi eight years ago.
"I have been fortunate to find a wonderful group of artists living in the the land of the four seasons," she said.
"My present work is in glass, which has a translucent quality much like watercolors," Kleiman noted. "Before cutting the glass, I begin with a watercolor painting to experiment with the colors and patterns to try and catch the flavor of swirling designs which I remember floating across the stage of a fashion show I attended in Kyoto, Japan."
That fashion show was the inspiration for her kimonos.
"My wedding kimono is the key to my collection, much like a fashion show," she said.