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Award-Winning Hair and Makeup Artist Leesa Gray-Pitt is a Fully qualified and professional artist with over 20 years of industry experience.
After drawing portraits since her teens in her home town of Melbourne, Leesa decided to follow her passion for art and fashion and use real faces as her canvas. Completing a Certificate II in Makeup Artistry and Dress Style Hair, she went on to win Hair and Makeup Artist of the Year 2003. An opportunity to Assist Rae Morris followed and she never looked back - assisting Rae at LMFF for 4 years and various other projects, Leesa honed her skills and went on to secure an agent. Having worked on many famous faces including Jennifer Hawkins, Margot Robbie and Miranda Kerr she has also worked at Channel 7 and other prestigious shows such as The Logies and MKR.
Returning to her artistic roots in 2015 as a way to deal with her daughter's illness, and a backlog of work in her brain bursting to get out, she gave the makeup brushes a rest, bought some paintbrushes and got to work.
Since the death of her beautiful daughter, Star, from cancer in 2016 her art has taken on a darker side. While still beautiful, Leesa’s paintings reflect the sadness and pain at the loss of her girl. Pouring her grief out onto the canvas, there is a reference to Star in every piece of art. Beautiful, haunting portraits of women, soul searching sadness, love and tears. Art has been Leesa's therapy and saviour! It has helped her find a way through this living nightmare and to commemorate the memory of Star Dawn.
Leesa draws from many sources of inspiration from the ocean, the colours in nature to man-made sculptures, but faces - whether in the flesh, on canvas or paper - will always be a constant source of pleasure and her true passion!
Her story is one of survival & hope! A broken soul trying to find her way back to the light. Empowered by the Goddesses and the angels who surround her.