Leah Higgins is a native of La Jolla, California, residing part-time in Lake Tahoe. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s she owned “The Ocean Toad”, a retail store featuring surf-inspired clothing, as well as the textile design and manufacturing companies “Toad Grown” and “Leah of California”. Leah served as a freelance Fashion Designer, feeding her unique creativity into every article she created. With a growing family, Leah and her husband Pat, left the fashion industry to join the family business of nursing homes, settling permanently into Pacific Beach. Now, with 3 adult children, Leah has the time to put into her long-standing passion for painting.
Leah has created hundreds of paintings of everything from still life, landscapes, pets, and people. Her paintings are often commissioned by real estate agents and new homeowners to create a unique closing gift or moving announcement. Newlyweds have received her paintings as one-of-a-kind gifts commemorating their special day, and private collectors have commissioned canvases of places and people special to them to be used as decorative pieces and greeting cards.
Leah’s artwork was chosen for the 2020 poster image for the La Jolla Historical Society’s Secret Garden Tour.