Shilpi Prasad

Leah Higgins

Fine Artist, Wife, Mother and GRANDMother

Leah Higgins is a native of La Jolla, California, SDSU Alum. 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 home owners 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 2021 poster image for the La Jolla Historical Society’s Secret Garden Tour.   Leah has won several awards for best of show at the Del MAr Fair. And has several one man shows and has sold her work in San Diego, Lake Tahoe, and New Orleans.  Leah also teaches art classes weekly at her historic art studio on Mt. Soledad.   All levels of art experience and all mediums accepted.

Leah’s artwork can be seen on permanent display at:

  • Spanish Village, Gallery 23
  • La Jolla Art Association
  • The Perry Gallery
  • The Pangea in Pacific Beach​​
  • Emerald C Gallery