Blewett, a 2005 graduate of Russellville High School, has continued to develop her talent and currently has a collection of her art work on display at the Logan County Public Library.
“She's always shown an interest in art,” said her mother, Jackie Blewett. “Even when she was little, she doodled all the time.”
Leighann took art classes in high school and won second place in the 2005 RHS Art Show for a painting she had done.
When it comes to getting ideas for her drawings and paintings, Leighann said her favorite source is Japanese animation, also known as anime.
“I get ideas from TV and books,” Leighann said. She enjoys reading the anime comic books so much that her mom said she's probably read every one in the library. She also enjoys watching anime shows on television.
Leighann can copy the anime characters she sees with impressive precision, mimicking the small noses, large eyes and sharp lines used by professional anime cartoonists.
In addition to drawing already popular characters, Leighann has created her own original anime characters.
Jackie said she has been encouraging Leighann to do new characters and more original work. Jackie is also looking into VSA arts of Kentucky, to see how Leighann can get involved with that group. VSA is an organization dedicated to promoting arts and creative expression for all, with an emphasis on persons with disabilities. Jackie said Leighann was diagnosed as being slightly mentally challenged as a young child.
Leighann said she enjoys art because it helps her when she feels stressed or worried. She mostly uses colored pencils, but wants to begin using paint more often and trying her hand at sculpting with clay.
Leighann hopes to have a career in art someday. As she works toward that goal, she has the support of her mom, who said she also enjoyed art when she was younger. And she will continue to improve her skills by drawing almost everyday and working on creating more of her own unique artistic creations.