How it all began...
Life is an evolving story of change...
St. Louis native Noel Leicht want from a suburban mother and a news writer/advertising/public relations professional to an indepoendent urban artist at age 55.
"When my job nurturing kids ended, I had to discover where my passions were closeted. Dramatic changes engulfed my life; it was time to open the door to old dreams perched up on the shelf.
Art and metal were always hiding in the background, I realized, popping up in creative exercises, but without any consistency. A Saturday metalworking class at a alocal community art studio opened the door to new challenges and opportunities. " After two and a half years in the metals studio, I decided to find 'a place of my own' and give myself five years to see what happened.".
Using an acetylene torch, hammers, saws, and an anvil, Noel turns silver, gold, brass and copper into narrative art to wear and/or exhibit.
The one time newspaper reporter says, "My pieces have a story. It's like I'm writing with metal now.". Working mainly on commission, she uses symbols and metaphors to turn clients' stories into remarkable works of art.