I was born in Louisiana, and spent my early childhood moving from state to state until settling in New Jersey in third grade. My leanings toward art were placed on the back burner while I focused on high school, college, and making a living. Then, my artistic impulses came out--I painted a tropical island paradise in the garage as a consolation for rained out picnics. Hence, at the advanced age of 48, I began my art training. I continue to learn by doing, creating paintings from scenes that inspire me.
I sold my first painting in 2005, and have had paintings accepted into several juried shows, both local and national, including the 2014 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibit and the Contemporary Art Gallery Online (where I won an award in the July 2014 competition. I am represented by two galleries, Design Domaine Gallery in Spring Lake, NJ, and 28 East Gallery in Burlington, NJ. I am also a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA), ArtsBridge, and the Princeton Arts Council.
Lea Novak joined Fine Art America on May 23rd, 2007.