Cirque Deauville by Linda Leslie oil on canvas 42x60
The painting pictured above is a new arrival to Pryor Fine Art and is one of my favorite pieces in the gallery. As noted in the past, a person's taste and preference in artwork selection is varied. For me, I enjoy paintings that evoke a time and place; a painting that transports the viewer to another (often imaginary) world. Even more enchanting is when the artist draws the viewer in just enough to evoke time and place, without the follow through of a specific time/place. Such is the case in many of paintings by Linda Leslie.
White Bird Blue Box oil on canvas 48x30
So, I was thrilled recently to see a blog post by C.Whitney Ward (http://chasingsantafe.blogspot.com/) that highlighted Linda's talent and her extraordinary home. Many thanks to the blog Chasing Santa Fe for giving us an up close glimpse into the home/studio of Linda Leslie and a true family of artisans.
Below is an excerpt from the 6.18.14 post written by C.Whitney Ward for Chasing Santa Fe. For complete post, please use link above:
The visual charm of artist Linda Leslie & filmmaker/musician John Witham's home/studios begins as you step through the gate into their diminutive courtyard - urns laced in vines; a stone lamb basking under a violet clematis; and an imposing bronze bust diligently guarding the front door, eyebrow cocked...
Bust of Artist David A .Leffel by James Leslie (Linda's Father)
Then you step inside and the charm continues. Richly-painted, faux- finished walls, handsome paintings and sculpture - every surface artfully composed by this talented Santa Fe couple.
Talent obviously runs in the family. The wall leading to the second story showcases Linda's paintings hung with an amazing cord system designed by one of her sons, Hutch DuBosque.
"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."
And sculpture and sketches by her father - noted artist James Leslie - take pride of place throughout the house, including the bust at the front door.
And lest I forget the other two residents of this
lovely home - Kayla and Sally .
Both John and Linda are working artists and each have their own studio that reflects their aesthetic and work style.
Linda takes an orderly approach to her drawing/painting. - the skeleton is a constant companion and she does a lot of measuring, using a beautiful plumb line (below) that was a gift from John. Her studio is romantic and personal, designed/arranged by Hutch and filled with her paintings, her father's sculpture, her other son Jamey's handmade furniture and frames, shelves and shelves of books, and objects that she loves.
Glass envelope/letters by Joanne Teasdale
She works in oils and also encaustic - an ancient technique of using warm beeswax, resin and pigments, creating an ethereal, luminous surface. She describes her work as dreamy and peaceful. "It takes me out of myself."
We look forward to seeing you in the gallery soon! Very best, Christina and all at Pryor Fine Art