I usually share cloud paintings on a large scale; these smaller cloud paintings might ask for more attention, even though they take up less space.
Georgia O’Keeffe said, “...to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”
Step closer to this work: breathe, look & look again. You may see familiar images of land and sky, but stopping to look can create a liturgy of looking:
see the art / look / breathe / look again
Truly looking demands a slower pace from viewers, not unlike the quiet, anticipant waiting of the Advent Season during this exhibit’s opening.
Leslie grew up in Alabama in an artist family. She moved to the DC area after earning a BFA in oil painting and a certification in art ed; armed with guidance from Art Mentor Joyce McCarten, Leslie began exhibiting at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria's Old Town, attended The Corcoran's Georgetown campus for abstract drawing & painting (studying with fellow Tuscaloosa, Alabama native, Bill Christenberry and collage guru, Mindy Weisel), and she traveled to Provence, France to study "colour" and plein air landscapes with British artist Richard Kenton Webb. Joyce helped Leslie establish a studio discipline while day jobs paid the bills. During this season of learning to make art with so many distractions, Leslie even had the honor of serving as one of the first employees at then-startup human rights ministry, International Justice Mission (ijm.org), where she helped share initial victim testimonies and engage financial and prayer supporters with graphic design.
Leslie resides in Staunton, where she owned & operated a retail art supply store downtown from 2007-2016. She and her writer husband, Robert and their two sons, Sam & Max attend Incarnation’s Church Plant, Restoration Anglican located in Downtown Staunton.
B.C. times (Before COVID), Leslie exhibited & won awards at regional outdoor art festivals. She has taught adult artists at Staunton’s Beverley Street Studio School and at Blue Ridge Community College’s Continuing Education Program, and she has taught younger artists through the Staunton Augusta Art Center’s Summer Studio, elementary and high school art at Staunton’s Grace Christian School, and elementary and middle school artists at Stuart Hall School. Leslie currently teaches art in person - masked and distanced - to young artists at North River and Craigsville Elementary Schools in Augusta County.
She is happy to take commissions or answer questions about her artwork.
More info / Commissions: email: email@example.com web: lesliebanta.com social media: + @_lesliebanta