2014 - Castle Rock (CO) Adventist Hospital
2014 - Littleton (CO) Adventist Hospital and
I've been thinking about this show
for some time. I am a "Plein Air Painter". Or I used to
be until Macular Degeneration started to rob me of my eyesight.
But not my vision! I knew I'd have to reinvent myself as a studio
painter where I can control the light so that I can see better
paint with my nose if I have to!
I started to look around the studio
at the hundreds of Plein Air pieces that are finished, many not.
I always saw the "abstract" elements in nature and I had
studied for several years with the nationally renowned Abstract
painter, Dale Chisman. I had dabbled in "Abstracted Landscapes"
which Dale encouraged me to continue before he died. And very recently
I received a compliment that they reminded someone of Thiebaud!
I picked some pieces that I thought
would lend themselves to abstraction. I studied the shapes, colours,
compositions, shadow shapes and light shapes. I started thinking
about a series of abstracts from landscapes
to Abstracts". And I would push them as far as I could to the
abstract, perhaps several per subject?
I started at the beginning of the
year and figured on doing two per month which would give me a show
of about sixteen pieces. I started journaling the process. I didn't
count on the fact that some came quickly and others not so much.
Some of the pieces started talking to me and dictated what they
wanted to be! About half way through I really wanted to push them
further than they were going so I started cropping location photos
and some of the finished pieces to arrive at more abstract pieces.
And I turned them a lot while painting them. The last three pieces
are starting to get to what I envisioned!
At the end of June my husband became
seriously ill and was hospitalized. So the Series has taken a back
seat to looking after my honey. This Series is still a work in progress!
I will paint more abstracts but the landscape will always be my
Leslie is primarily known as a prolific
Plein Air painter. Recently, she is receiving accolades for her
larger "Abstracted" studio works.
She studied at the Art Students
League Denver with Mark Daily, Kim English, Quang Ho, Emanuel Martinez,
Jay Moore, Dale Chisman and others.
Over her thirty year career she
has earned many awards and has been asked to judge her peers. She
has been awarded two "Best of Shows", "Best Impressionistic
Painting", several Honorable Mentions, 1st Places, and Awards
of Merit. She was invited to show at the 2014 Colorado Governor's
Show. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art, Wildlife Art
and hung at DIA and the State Capitol. Her images are in the Hilton
Hotel in Omaha, and the Aspen Grand and Milwaukee Hyatt.
Leslie is a member of PAAC (Founder/Emeritus),
WAOW (Emeritus), and OPA and IPAP (Associate). Her work is in collections
across the US and Canada, South America, England, Australia, and
"Landscape to Abstract"
in September/October 2014 is her eighth Solo Show. www.allenfineart.com