About the Artist behind the Studio, Rachel E. DiMaio Leach
After high school, Rachel E. DiMaio Leach decided to attend Kent State University Main Campus with the goal of obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Communication Design, as the Graphic Design program was then called. Even though 300 students joined the Graphic Design program the semester she started her college courses, only about 10 students remained in the program by the time of graduation. Rachel was grateful to be among them and graduated in December of 2003 with a Bachelor's in Visual Communication Design. Rachel is trained in design, painting, sketching, photography, felting, jewelry-making, sculpting, faux finishing, and prop finishes.
After taking a ten year break from art, Rachel Leach decided it was time to begin again. In 2013, Rachel started a photography business called Pure Perception, LLC. Attempting to capture Jehovah’s creation at its best without using image distorting apps or programs, Rachel photographs nature and then turns those pictures into cards and prints. If one of her photographs has been greatly enhanced or edited, it will be called Digital Art in Rachel’s portfolio.
In 2014, Mrs. Leach opened a gallery to showcase local art, as well as her own artwork, and to offer art classes to the public. However, after one year it became apparent that the public wanted to make art instead of buy it, so she closed the gallery store in 2015 to become a traveling art school. This traveling school was a great success and offered pop-up art classes all over Northeastern Ohio at restaurants, nature centers, wineries, and coffee shops. Currently, Rachel volunteers full-time to participate in a very important Bible education work and is learning Pennsylvania Deitsh within the local Amish community…but she still enjoys being creative and teaches art during her free time.