By Leigh

An arts for social change practice focused on bespoke Life Story Art commissions, community art proj Visit

UK based Trini artist passionate about using creativity to inspire social change by building compassion, inclusion and confidence in individuals and communities.

Operating as usual


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The original is in Wales but limited prints are currently in DC til 20 Oct 22

(13) We Bring the Light by

"A joyful collaboration between my 6-year old and me." - Stacey Leigh Ross

The 'Same Difference' exhibition is currently on display at HOMME, 2000 L ST, NW until October 20th.

DM or email [email protected] to schedule appointments for viewing.


My art in DC 😁 til 20 Oct 22

(11) Here Come the Girls by

"The lush sauciness of Caribbean women communing in sisterhood, embracing our uniqueness, sparking our magic and supporting each other." - Stacey Leigh Ross

The 'Same Difference' exhibition is currently on display at HOMME, 2000 L ST, NW until October 20th.

DM or email [email protected] to schedule appointments for viewing.


Still on in DC. Last week to catch it!

(14) Reef Cut Out by

"A mixed media collage showing the bleached reef hidden below the water at a beach resort. This is a comment on the impact of tourism and pollution on the natural environment in the Caribbean. Local fishermen and reef guides are often caught between putting food on the table and protecting their homeland." - Stacey Leigh Ross

The 'Same Difference' exhibition is currently on display at HOMME, 2000 L ST, NW until October 20th.

DM or email [email protected] to schedule appointments for viewing.


Doh lapse DC!
De ting start tonight!
Trinbagonian art in yuh backyard with music and jam. Don't miss out!

We're hitting the road again in a few days!

On Friday October 7th we've got an opening night reception and ‘Trini’ jam session , showcasing the artwork of 14 Trinidadian artists.

On Saturday October 8th there's a free daytime personal branding workshop for creatives, facilitated by Kevon Gareth Foderingham].

While Saturday evening will feature a book reading from Foderingham and DMV based, US author .s.draytonbooks , who is of part-Trini heritage, followed by the screening of Sorf Hair, Tabanca and Grace and Saleem from Trinidadian filmmakers , and respectively.

The weekend closes out on Sunday October 9th with a Caribbean fashion pop-up sale featuring designs from Trinidadian designers , Kevon Gareth Foderingham], , and and .bags from St Lucia.


By Leigh art is coning to DC!
Thank you so much for the opportunity Kevon Gareth Foderingham and EAST YARD ❤️

Next up!

Our East Yard Exhibits Abroad initiative heads to Washington D.C.

From October 7th -20th, 2022, will play host to “Same Difference."

Curated by Kevon Gareth Foderingham and Amir Browder, “Same Difference” is an exhibition of work from Trinidadian visual artists that centers on the human condition and the essentials of human existence that supports the belief that though separated by definitions and categories, we remain on the same journey of the human experience and not limited by the categories we find ourselves placed in. It should all be the "same difference."



Kevon Gareth Foderingham]


🎨: Featured artwork on flyer - "Borders of Prosperity" by Jamie J. Philbert

Visit to learn more!

Photos from By Leigh's post 07/08/2022

Finally, finally behind an easel again. *happy sigh* New piece in the works!
Plus a little bonus canvas started... had to do something with the excess paint 🎨


What an experience! Yep, that's me presenting "The Legacy Lives On, The Mas Lives On" with Professor Janice Fournillier for the 9th International Conference on Carnival Arts & Culture We looked at how our mas-making ancestors legacies can live on through all of us inside and outside of Carnival. Stay tuned for more pics and highlights!


It's the 2nd talk from North Herts. African & Caribbean Community LTD. and I can't wait to explore how storytelling spans the from the African continent to the Caribbean and USA, everybody knows Anansi... or do we? Join me Thursday night (it's free!) as I interview the brilliant Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, an expert in our tales of tricksters and their importance across Black cultures.
Tickets at


I've been running a Drawing Class for students at London College of Communication almost every Wednesday and it's been awesome experimenting together, playing with drawing styles, exploring different drawing materials and all the ways we can stay inspired when we hit creative blocks.
Image: - connect 2 random magazine cutouts. Playing with ideas for in and .


You know, I wouldn't mind sporting a dress with this pattern.


Well hello sketchbook! With the teaching, the PhD, the family, the business, the house... it's been a while. I won't leave it so long again.


Well hello sketchbook! With the teaching, the PhD, the family, the business, the house... it's been a while. I won't leave it so long again.

Photos from By Leigh's post 22/02/2022

Well it's been a while, hasn't it?
So much to tell and no time to tell it!
But hear dis -

Guess who will be hosting Michael McMillan for an amazing Black History & Culture Talk?

Join us on Thursday to hear more and ask your own questions about the West Indian Front Room & Caribbean People in Britain. This is a North Herts. African & Caribbean Community LTD. event.

Tickets are free and available on Eventbrite -
See you on Thursday?
Picture 1:
We Jammin Still (sketchbook art)
Picture 2:
Event poster


Just finished my first funding application! If I succeed, I'll have the funding for my first collaborative compassion artwork!!! Wooooooeeeeee! 🤞🏾
Pictured: Untitled Mixed-media experiment, work-in-progress.

Photos from By Leigh's post 19/11/2021

Thank you so much to my mini army that helped me show my students more narratives, more possibilities, and more paths to healing our world with creativity ❤. It was an honour and a pleasure to host Lucy Panesar, Fiona Compton-Photographer and Kevon Gareth Foderingham in my last lecture for Design Management & Change (part of BA Design Management) at So much gorgeous energy yesterday! I'm still high!
RAGE, part of the FEEL series
(partial inage of a painting-in-progress)

Photos from By Leigh's post 31/10/2021

So thrilled to have my WindFall RushOut painting in the 'I Matter' exhibition, now on at Peterborough Museum til 28th November 2021. Curated by , this exhibition is a necessary statement in our current world and I'm so proud to be exhibiting alongside such amazing talent. Come check us out!
until only and
[Image 1: close up of black and white textured painting showing people whose lives were destroyed by the Windrush scandal.
Image 2: exhibition poster showing a stylized face and the show dates
Image 3: press coverage in Royston Crow of the exhibition and 's participation in it]


Just so, just so
She drop off the face of the Earth
Where she went boy?

I hear she was teaching plenty
– exciting but busy!

I hear she move house
– True story. Studio still in flux!

I hear she present her research at an academic staff conference
– 3 days after the move!!!

I hear she doing a
– It start!

I hear she starting a new business
– offering executive programmes with of (IG). Tell yuh more later…

I hear she take a media timeout
– essential for mental health!

But like she come back…
Yes, because I have a story to tell.
Yuh listening?

BIG SEXY (CloseUp)
Original SOLD
Available on TeePublic


Timeline photos 06/08/2021

As stunning as the island it calls home, the Doctor Bird is the national bird of Jamaica. It's so special it only lives in Jamaica and is known by several aliases including swallow-tail or scissor-tail, which is only fitting for a bird that appears in a James Bond book!⁠ This bird is the perfect symbol for Jamaica's rise and flight since it gained independence. We Caribbean nations may be young but we're amazing, and Jamaica is a true gem among us.⁠
197 x 146 mm / 7.8 x 5.8 in⁠
Part of a Jamaica painting pair⁠
*Now on Etsy*⁠

Photos from By Leigh's post 18/06/2021

This lovely 'classic' is being featured in "I Matter" an online art exhibition curated by for Babylon Arts here -

What an honour to be included among this talented collection of creative voices claiming their worth, and the worthiness of many who are so often under-represented.

...and so the slow trickle of Stacey/byLeigh news continues... thank you for your patience and continued interest everyone! I appreciate you all ❤


So much is going on that my social media has fallen by the wayside, sorry guys. I'm currently showing work at Royston Arts Society 's online exhibition Click here: ) along with my lovely daughter! It's a super wide range of art with something for everyone. Check it out!

Meanwhile, I'll try to get the social media moving again but no promises. I'm making some big moves and I need to prioritise those for the moment so I have fabulous news to share later on. I promise to update you as soon as possible! Stay creative ❤

Don’t forget our online exhibition runs until the 17th June at New paintings are added as paintings are sold.


I don't know about the local celebrity bit but I'm well pleased to be partnering with MelanList who raise the profile of Black businesses internationally! You so need to check them out!

We are honored to introduce our newest Business Partner By Leigh!

Imagined and produced by Artist Extraordinaire, Educator, Social Change Initiator, and Trini Island Gyal, Stacey Leigh Ross shares her talent over various mediums seeking to connect and affect the viewer.

More than a local celebrity in Royston, UK, Stacey has been accepted into the doctorate program at the University of London and actively lives her passion. Her voice through art is deliberate and comforting as she tells her visual stories. We celebrate and uplift you, Stacey!

Ever heard of life story art? Stop and think about your most meaningful memory or what brings the most beauty in your life. Stacey creates art based on her client's experiences and transfixes the moment in artistic expression. Bring an everlasting sentiment to life with a one of a kind, commissioned piece. Just one facet of her expertise, contact Stacey to learn more about how she can help you tell your story.

New to art collecting? Head over to and grab your first (or fifth!) piece that sparks conversation and elevates your space. Follow Stacey at to get gorgeous imagery that nudges your consciousness to thought.

As always, after you've made your purchase, join the Jamaa at to practice financial activism with intention. Cash prizes, scholarships, crowdfunding, and more - we pay you back when you ! Take advantage of the around you as we continue to build - together in Black Business!

MelanList is international! We out here!

Timeline photos 04/05/2021

Banana Tree
I went to St Lucia in my 20s. It was a romantic getaway with my boyfriend at the time (Dad swore he was "The 1"). Anyway, I'm a geek through and through so I wanted to explore history, explore the island AND relax with cocktails in a luxury hotel. Let me tell you, St Lucia is one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been! On one tour we found ourselves standing on a mountain ridge looking down at an expansive valley full of verdant green banana trees laden with fruit. The wealth of the land was epic. People joke about banana republics but the UK consumes over 5 bn bananas annually! (2018 stats) No wonder bananas are one of St Lucia’s most lucrative exports. Beautiful St Lucia is the reason I always look for Fair Trade bananas and hope that a fair portion of the money I pay will get back to the wonderfully warm St Lucian people.
197 x 146 mm / 7.8 x 5.8 in⁠
Part of a St Lucia Painting pair⁠ - SOLD
*Only GREETINGS CARDS still on Etsy*⁠

Timeline photos 01/05/2021

£50 Unframed Original Oil Pastel on Paper⁠
328 x 493 mm / 13 x 19 inches


The short story:
Living in the UK? ADD YOUR VOICE
It takes 2 seconds.

The long story:
I try real hard to not let the $hit bring me down.
I try to focus on making things better.
I know myself enough to know I can't dig deep into every injustice story if I want to keep my energy high to pull us towards something better.
There are amazing artists highlighting injustice, as it should be.
Art is the mirror that shows you who you are.
I want to be one of the amazing artists who say, now that you see the $hit, here's what we can do together to fix it, to be better.
Sometimes, dread. Hmmf. I does really want to say "fyah bun all ah dem so and so mudda..." ahem. You get the picture.
REJECT government sanctioned gas-lighting.
I once heard Dr David Gillborn (look him up) explain how marginalised people who uphold the narrative of the dominant group get fast tracked to 'success' and upheld as paragons of "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps". And I get that sometimes people ain't wake up yet, they don't know yet. But if you get called to do an official government inquiry and report, you can't use that excuse. Do your kiss-me-ass homework! Steups. So go sign your name and
I'll be back when I calm de [email protected]$^ down - lest I be an


Drawing up
Stretching out
Reaching wide
I grow.
and know
That in these leaves and branches
I love
I belong
I create
I cultivate
With you
We love
We belong
We create
We cultivate
This community that sustains us
As we sustain it.
- by Leigh

from the PLANT LIFE series
Original SOLD!
Merch on TeePublic
Link in Bio or

[image: sepia line drawing of a leafy tree against a soft yellow background]

Timeline photos 13/03/2021

Compassion is…
I see your pain,
It resonates.
I stay.
I don’t look away.
I wish I could take your pain away.
In fact,
Let me help you.
- by Leigh
from the PLANT LIFE series
Original SOLD!

[image: black line drawing of a wide flower with many layers of petals in an almost henna tattoo style against an peachy orange background]

Timeline photos 06/03/2021

When I turn away from your suffering
I pretend
If I don’t see
I won’t know
If I don’t know
I won’t feel
If I don’t feel
I won’t feel bad
When I do nothing
And walk away.
Trouble is
Walking away hurts
and you.
Witnessing your pain
Feeling it
Acting to alleviate it,
There lies our healing
- by Leigh
from the PLANT LIFE series
Original SOLD!
Merch on TeePublic

[image: black line drawing of a spiky thistle like plant with round orange buds against a yellow orange background]

Timeline photos 27/02/2021

Big words that keep getting bigger
Have me rooting ‘round my Stacey cellar
Emotional labour
Mental rigour
Physical stature
Spiritual adventure.
When I
Grasp the roots of my soul
What makes me whole
The knowledge of my many people
The power that runs
From these roots
To my veins
And I mean nobody
Can stop the burst of life
That will erupt from this rich earth
To shake the ground
To touch the sky
To live with the land
To support so much life.
When I
Grasp the roots of my soul
- by Leigh

from the PLANT LIFE series
Merch available on

[image: black line drawing of spreading reaching roots with round blue bulbs against a brown background]

About By Leigh

June 2020

By Leigh is the creative studio of Stacey Leigh Ross, a UK-based Trinidadian artist and educator who uses art to create social change. Her work is distinctive for its bold colours and semi-abstract style. Stacey works at two levels – building confidence in individuals and nurturing creativity, compassion and inclusion in communities.

By Leigh’s primary offerings are:

Life Story Artist - Unique contemporary mixed media paintings and drawings that capture clients’ personalities and special moments on canvas. Each bespoke commission acts as a mirror that reflects the recipient’s best self, using their own life experiences to remind them that they’re loved, and capable of doing amazing things. A multi-layered collage approach effectively hides the clients’ diaries in plain sight. They’ll know what everything in the painting means but everyone else won’t. It’s the perfect gift for the person who has everything.

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