"Let the beauty we love be what we do." Rumi

Curriculum Vitae

Nita LelandBorn in Dayton, Ohio, USA as Anita Ellen Shannon
  • Fairview High School (Dayton, OH)
  • Otterbein College (OH); Bachelor of Arts with Honors, majors in English, speech/theater (see also Otterbein Towers print.)
  • More than 70 classes and workshops in watercolor, drawing, design and applied arts, including Br. A. Joseph Barrish, Mary Todd Beam, Edward Betts, Glenn Bradshaw, Virginia Cobb, Mario Cooper, Ralph Creager, Bing Davis, Jeanne Dobie, Nita Engle, Homer O. Hacker, Barbara Nechis, Joan Ashley Rothermel, Edgar Whitney, all of whom had a profound influence on my art

  • Self-employed artist, author, teacher, lecturer and juror of art exhibitions
  • Designer and manufacturer of the Nita Leland™ Color Scheme Selector
  • Instructor, international workshops 1986-the present
  • Instructor, Hithergreen Center (OH) 2002-the present
  • Instructor, Riverbend Art Center (OH) 1973-1995
  • Advisor, North Light Art School home study course 1986-1992
  • Instructor in Watercolor Painting, Sinclair Community College (OH) 1991-1993
  • Consultant to manufacturers of art materials and schools 1983-the present
  • Publisher, Moonflower Books, 1999-the present

Books and Videos

Magazines and other publications

  • The Artist's Magazine
  • Watercolor Magic
  • The Artist's Sketchbook
  • Somerset Studio
  • Watercolor
  • "Color Cues" column for ColorQ newsletter
  • "Watercolour Gazette" (Canada)
  • Color, an American Artist special publication
  • Art Materials Today


Workshops and Juries

Taught the following workshops and judged shows throughout the U.S. and Canada, since 1986:

Professional Associations

  • Society of Layerists in Multi Media
  • Western Ohio Watercolor Society
  • Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors
  • The Authors' Guild
  • National Art Materials Trade Association (NAMTA)


Solo shows include University of Dayton Kennedy Gallery, Miami Valley Hospital, Children's Medical Center, Foxhunt & Frames Gallery, Gallery of Durrel and Town & Country Fine Art Gallery. Exhibited with Brown Baggers and other small group shows for over twenty years. More than 200 paintings accepted in juried shows since 1973, more than 40 awards.


My work is in many hospitals and private homes, several corporations throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Here are a brief bio and an artist's statement.

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