Leigh Herndon


Gallery/Studio at Inspirations, 5450B Shirley Street, Naples, FL M-F 1:00 to 4:00 and by appt., 603-686-2187 cell,

Six of Leigh's paintings were recently chosen for the TV series "Criminal Minds" Naples episode. “I picked Leigh’s work because it felt ‘local’ and had the colors and style I was looking for…attractive, spirited, colorful work that felt like it had an emotional base.” Criminal Minds set decorator K. C. Fox as reported by Naples Illustrated October 2017.

Leigh Herndon works daily in her Naples studio dyeing silk using rozome (Japanese kimono design techniques), direct dye applications and batik. Silk accepts dyes more brilliantly than any other fiber fueling Leigh’s experimentation with color and nature-inspired paintings.
After learning traditional batik at the University of Montana, and obtaining a Master’s Degree in Fibers at Southern Illinois University, Leigh studied rozome with Kiranada (Betsy) Sterling Benjamin who learned from the Japanese kimono masters, while spending sixteen years in Japan. Rozome, or Japanese wax-resist dye painting, is infinitely more intriguing, much more flexible and painterly, and presents a new fluidity to the dye process which is more captivating to Leigh and changed her creative process.
Mixing her own dye colors from the primaries results in custom colors that can’t easily be found elsewhere. Overlaying one transparent dye color over another creates an entirely new color, which she finds exciting. The versatility of hot wax used in creating the designs lends unique textures to the creations.
For Leigh the design process is a blend of planning, spontaneity, and experimentation with a great interest in the inter-relationship of edges of shapes within the designs. Frequently the process begins with a drawing on the silk, and progresses and changes with ideas that occur while working. This unforgiving medium doesn’t allow for covering up one’s mistakes, so some of the works are scrapped.
The works are intended to tell a story, evoke an emotion, or give an impression and lend themselves to metaphor, mystery, and sometimes ambiguity. By being atmospheric and not being too literal, the viewer is left to complete the story as desired or needed, based on personal experiences. Leigh does not try to be too representational, and although she likes imagry, it is just a starting place.
Creating art is an exercise in problem solving and it carries into daily life with novel approaches to solving problems. She believes that art experiences are vital to children, not only for personal expression, but for the lesson that there are many creative ways to solve a problem.
Leigh’s award winning works have been exhibited in numerous juried national and international shows and solo shows in more than 12 states as well as the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and her work is in several private collections.

To see the art on display in a private Naples, Florida gallery call for appt., 239-262-7932 or email: To see Leigh's original wearable art see Leigh Designs Naples

Recent Events:


April 29 -- June 3, 2016, World Piece Exhibition, Von Liebig, Naples

May 21 -- September 7, "Fabric," 3-man painting exhibition, Rookery Bay

August 19 -- October 14, 2016 Your Choice, Naples Art Association.

October 26 -- December 10, 2016 -- It's Nature's Way, Naples Art Association

November 2 -- 30, 2016, Small Works Exhibition, The Artists Gallery, Naples, FL

November 17, 2016 -- January 26, 2017 -- Southwest Florida Annual Juried Painting Exhibition, Rookery Bay, Naples, FL


February 4--March 4, 2017 -- Winners Circle, Art Council of SW Florida, on exhibit at Naples Art Association, FL

February 18 & 19, Naples National Art Festival

Outdoor art shows: Leigh will be in Cambier Park in Naples the first and second Saturdays through April, 2018, and at Sanibel March 16 & 17, 2018 for the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club annual Art Fair.

October 4, 2017 - Six of Leigh's paintings were featured in the TV series Criminal Minds.

Nov. 2 - Dec. 9, Elegant Threads juried wearable art show Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, FL.

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Naples, Florida