Ali Leja is a self-taught instinctual painter having lived the majority of her life learning to trust her inclinations. As a former school counselor of 20 years, Ali guided her students based on intuition and verification. She applies the same concept to her paintings. She has a feeling of where a color or line should be, she places it on the canvas and then steps back to evaluate. Ali’s work is described as happy and joyful. Each painting is done in such a way to evoke a smile or laughter from her audience.