My art career got off to a bad start – I ran a crayon along Dad’s newly papered hallway when I was three! I just enjoy art – making it, looking at other peoples work and studying it. Practically, I am a mixed media artist and quite happy to paint one day and print the next. In 2016 I bought a printing press, so am enjoying the luxury of printing in my own studio. I also dabble in photography and cyanotypes. Life drawing has popped in and out of my life since the 1960s. I enjoy the challenge of the mediums, and am happy to combine them. Some of my work is a bit too thought out, so when something serendipitous occurs I’ll consider it a bonus. I probably prefer the aesthetic aspect of art but am intrigued by the concept side, and although it is the natural environment that remains my main influence I also know that my dressmaker mother is often looking over my shoulder. I currently belong to the Maleny Arts and Craft Group, the Maleny Printmakers and Arts Connect Inc. and am enjoying being part of Open Studios and meeting people interested in art..
I started painting about 8 years ago with no prior knowledge or experience. My interest developed after trying to help my disabled daughter, Kimberley. She has now retired but I found I like to paint.
My style is still developing and I have experimented with all mediums. Currently I like to paint wildlife in a realistic style, however this concept can be demanding and requires a lot of research into the anatomy of the particular animal being painted and concentration to get the right composition, structure and colours.
All of Leisa’s works are influenced by her local surroundings (Booloumba Creek) as she tries to capture the essence of this 325 million year old valley in all her work. Using rocks, sand, clay, ochre, ash, wood and local species of rainforest foliage. Other media is acrylic, graphite, natural fibres and glass. All work is one of a kind and completely unique. Leisa offers workshops for adults or children’s parties, festivals or just for personal development.
My arts practice is changing and evolving with new environmental directions and passions. I find myself comfortable expressing these through different mediums, varying from an eco dye pot, brush to an etching press, or speaking out through my community filmmaking. So much to say and so much to learn, I feel I will be creating to my last breath.
My newest venture is along the Healing Arts path. Reversible wearable art coats and clothing infused with Australian Bush Essence for healing. Life is never dull on the creative path.
I have always loved art, creating portraits in charcoal since forever.
In recent years I have broadened subject content to include seascapes, pet portraits and florals as well as figurative work.
My medium of choice is oils, but I at times I also paint in acrylics.
I now live on the magical Sunshine Coast and love travelling, both of which provide me with sources of inspiration.
Artist. Printmaker. Designer.
With a love for printmaking, following a career in graphic design, I love to share my skills and explore all printmaking media.
Printmaking gives me a space of calming respite from a culture of haste and automation. I love combining the meditative craft of relief and intaglio printing with capturing the slower pace of life in the natural world as the subject of my work. In my experiences of nature and its translation through the act of printmaking, I am reminded to be still and present in daily life.
I am the wife of a contemporary war veteran and my printing practice gives me respite from the sometimes chaotic world of the PTSD that we both live with and manage. I use my work as a way to share with and remind others of the calming effects of the sometimes quirky moments the natural world can bring to their own busy lives.
I am primarily working in acrylics and pastels and enjoy the use of strong colours in modern land and seascapes and still-lifes.
I love the landscapes of Queensland art legend John Rigby and also the still-lifes of Criss Canning. I have been lucky enough to study pastels with Leonie Duff and Max Wilks, two of Australias best known pastellists, as well as acrylics with Mignon Parker at the McGregor Schools in Toowoomba.
Travelling both in Australia and Overseas provides continuing inspiration and of course my art provides an excuse for more travel.