Michael J. Gallagher, 1898-1968
My grandparents met at the Pennsylvania School of Industrial Design in Philadelphia in the 1920s where both trained to be illustrators. For many years they supported their family of three children with that work. During the depression, Michael J. Gallagher was the technical director of the WPA printmakers' workshop in Philadelphia, where with Dox Thrash and Hugh Mesibov, the three artists developed a new process called the Carborundum Print.
Katharine McCollum Gallagher, 1901-1993
Maternal grandmother, Katharine McCollum Gallagher was a published illustrator and poet. In her later years she became a much-loved educator in puppetry in the Philadelphia Department of Recreation.
Louise Gallagher Leech, 1926-2011
My mother, Louise Leech was a multi-faceted artist. She trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia in the 1940s. During the course of her life her life she produced a considerable body of paintings, drawings, prints, marionettes, sculpture and ceramics.
Maternal aunt, Martha Wittman is a modern dancer, choreographer and writer. She was a greatly admired and influential modern dance teacher at Bennington College in Vermont for over 30 years. Her second career was as a performer and educator with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (now the Dance Exchange) in Washington DC for over 15 years until her retirement in 2014. Martha Lives in Silver Spring Maryland.
Kitty Leech, 1957-2015
My sister, Kitty Leech was a costume designer, children's book author and illustrator, and a beloved teacher of 30+ years at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Her untimely death in 2015 shocked her family, friends and colleagues. Several awards have been posthumously founded in her honor and her costume renderings, photos and personal archives related to theater have been donated to the Theater Development Fund's Costume Collection, in Astoria, Queens, where they will form the backbone of a research library.
Third generation artist, I am a painter based in Hell's Kitchen in New York City. My fascination with the edges of things and in-between states have led to my current project of drawing and painting construction sites.
Maternal cousin, Ben Wittman is a renowned drummer, percussionist, composer and producer. Ben is currently based in Toronto where he lives with his wife Laila Biali Wittman and their son Josh.
Laila Biali Wittman
Maternal cousin by marriage, Laili Biali is an award winning, internationally-known singer-songwriter and jazz pianist. Laila is currently based in Toronto where she lives with her husband Ben Wittman and their son Josh. She hosts Saturday Night Jazz, a radio program for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Paternal cousin, Tom Leech is the director of the Letter Press Shop at the Palace of the Governors Museum in Santa Fe New Mexico. He is an award winning artist and paper-maker and is married to the ceramicist, Kathleen Kolthes.
Husband, David Wilson is a post-production sound mixer with credits for television and film going back 30 years. He has mixed many long-running television series, commercial and independent films in New York City and in Glasgow, Scotland.