Staci M. Leech-Cornell was born and raised in Greenbrier Co. West Virginia. She graduated from Marshall University's Masters of Arts program with an emphasis in sculpture in 2007. Today she creates illustrations and other paper-works from her studio Still Maybe Studios located behind her home in Nitro, WV. Exhibiting regionally since before completing her degree, Staci also exhibits work nationally with her having participated in shows in Ohio, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, San Francisco CA, and Oakland CA. She is also a member of the Best of WV: Tamarack artist located in Beckley WV.
Growing up in rural West Virginia provided many opportunities to be surrounded by nature and the creatures that call it home. The living rooms and kitchens of family members were the homes of vast collections of ceramic birds and bits of nature. These ceramic menageries are ever present in my memories and I chose to invite them onto the drawn pages of my sketchbooks and portfolio. Several years ago, during a visit with my family, my Grandmother gifted to me a small bird drawing created by my Great Grandmother. My visions of these feathered friends and other whimsical creatures are deeply rooted.
I love to make and draw sweet, happy images for kids and adults alike. I enjoy being able to bring smiles, hope, laughter, and comfort to an audience that is frequently reminded by our world and media of fear and devastation. My sketchbook and a black pen travel with me wherever I go. I’m happiest when I am sketching, creating, reading, and learning. What inspires me: vintage color palettes, folk art, vintage children's illustrations, vintage scientific posters and books of animals or flowers, fashion through the decades, storytelling, and objects with beautiful textures and lines.