Local artist sends portrait to Buckingham palace

Zainab Al-Mehdar
Shawville October 27, 2021 

Born and raised in Shawville, Leah Beardsley, a mother and artist, retired from the corporate world of sales and marketing to pursue a passion that was set in motion during a quiet day on her grandmother’s cottage porch. On that day in 2019, her niece Bailey Beardsley inspired her to pick up a pencil and rekindle her love for drawing. Leah, who took art in high school, found that she was good at it but never felt like it was in her “spectrum of career choices.”

That night at the cottage, without thinking, she picked up the pencil and her hands did the rest.

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