New Orleans artist Carol Leake is known for her figurative watercolors, her landscapes in oil, and her depictions of the festival, Mardi Gras, which so particularly defines New Orleans. The early Carnival images are the subject of a documentary short, Parade Pictures, featuring the Mardi Gras related work of Leake and of noted artist George Dureau.
She is a professor emerita of the visual arts faculty of Loyola University New Orleans where she taught painting, drawing and watercolor from 1982 through August, 2015. In addition to teaching, she ran two galleries for Loyola and curated many exhibitions for the university and in other venues. Her B.F.A degree is from Newcomb College, and her M.F.A. is from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. New Orleans has been her home for most of her life, however she is grateful for formative years spent in New York.
Carol Leake’s work has been shown regionally and nationally and is represented in numerous corporate collections, including that of Bell South at the corporate headquarters in Atlanta and the collections of Freeport MacMoran, Texaco, Citibank and the Louisiana Land & Exploration Company. Among private collections that include her work are the estate of the late Jim Morrison and the collections of artist Peter Halley, writer Valerie Martin, writer Julie Smith, musician Patti Smith, musician Randy Newman, the estate of musician Alex Chilton and musician Chris Smither.
Current series of work include Figures in Watercolor, Nudes with Guns, Danse Macabre, Couples, Women of a Certain Age and New Orleanians.