So many wonderful things are happening with my artwork lately that I've decided to start sharing my news through an e-newsletter. You can sign up here Perhaps the most exciting announcement this month is that, since moving to Missoula, I have officially joined the Radius Gallery's roster of represented artists. My work has been showing in Missoula for a few months, and Radius will be carrying my work on a regular basis going forward. Right now I’m getting seven paintings ready for a show there called “Object, Manner, Means: The Art of Representation.” If you are near Western Montana, I hope you'll be able to visit the gallery for the Opening Reception on Friday, May 26, from 4 PM to 7 PM. The exhibit will run through July 1 at 114 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802. For more info, visit the Radius Gallery website
...a darker Mary Cassatt. -Devon Moore
[her] distinctive style and approach to realism appears to be a fluid, intuitive and thought provoking, resulting in works that are enigmatic and contemplative in nature. -Angela Di Bello, Director, Agora Gallery
I have been studying classical figure painting for 40 years and have reached a point in my career at which I choose to utilize artistic freedom and experimentation. I work with a limited palette and begin by working either from life, previous drawings, or memory, allowing the painting to direct me in its creation. I am inspired by and work mostly with the figure. I incorporate elements of contemplation, beauty, fantasy, and magic. What sets my work apart from that of other artists is an atmosphere of romance and a feeling of quietude and peacefulness. Every day I paint, and when I paint, I enter the world that I am creating in the painting.
"I admire artists like Leslie, who bring a fresh voice to figurative art. Leslie’s contribution is enormous and indeed much needed. The quality of how she moves paint is subtle, skillful and confident. You just don’t see that commitment every day." –Jay Etkin, Jay Etkin Gallery-Contemporary and Ethnographic Works of Art
"...the mystery of the place and the beautiful use of color - black and yellow or gray - in such a subtle way that all becomes one. Very feminie and intuitive." -Shanti Bannwart
"...very calming, peaceful..." -a gallery visitor
"...the ethereal, Gone-with-the-Wind-thing." -Jim Matthews
(excerpt from Southwest Magazine article on the art of sketching) Linda Leslie: I am inspired by the human figure found in contemplation, by beauty and the abstract design of life in a form of dance. I think about proportion, movement and feeling when sketching. I generally sketch with graphite mechanical pencils in a journal. I enjoy charcoal and Conte crayon too. I will also sketch with graphite directly on an oil painting in progress. Sketching keeps my eye working. It helps to keep my work loose and more confident. I feel calm, peaceful and happy when sketching. I try to think of nothing. I feel less pressure and more freedom than when painting. Although the feeling of my sketches relates to the finished work, many times the finished piece is different from the original idea. A sketch or a painting is always changing and will continue to change, as the model will, and as I will. Although it is not my intention that the sketch becomes a finished work of art, many times it does. I try to put the two together: freedom and finish.