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ABOUT LESLIE ALLEN:
"The earliest I can remember painting Plein air with oils was about twelve years of age. My grandfather, a Canadian artist, used to set me up beside him and tell me to 'paint what you see'; the best instruction I ever got! I used to win all the art awards because 'Paint by numbers' was really hot then, and I was the only one painting from life! Drawing was my passion. I remember once, not unlike the 'Hole in One' that nobody saw, I sent a drawing into a Buffalo, NY TV station kids' show and saw it on TV as a winner but no one else was around to see it and of course they wouldn't believe me! The first time I walked into the Art Students' League, I knew I had found my place! The smell of oil paint reminded me of my grandfather…. In the beginning of this grand adventure I wanted to paint; now I have to paint. I hope my work brings as much joy to the viewer as it does to me in the process of creating it. At last, I know who I want to be when I grow up."
This award-winning Plein air oil painter produces colourful, intimate landscapes that translate feelings and impressions onto the canvas. Leslie Allen is an Emeritus Member of Women Artists of the West, a Founding/Emeritus/Signature member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, and an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, and IPAP. Leslie was juried into the International Plein Air Painters World Tour in 2008.
She is represented by The Art Services Company, Denver, CO; the Cultural Arts Center, Estes Park, CO; Framed Image, Denver, CO; Rich Timmons- Studio & Gallery, Doylestown, PA; Soho Myriad, Atlanta, GA; Xanadu Gallery website Studios, Scottsdale, AZ; and Allen Fine Art Studio, Denver.
LESLIE ALLEN’S WORK:
"Inspired at an early age by my grandfather to paint only from life, I am drawn to Plein air painting. I see paintings everywhere; I'm constantly painting in my head. My strongest influence, the Canadian landscape, brightens my spirit and feeds my soul. I am immediately attracted to and inspired by colourful, intimate landscapes infused with light and shadow. My 'artist's vision' captures the essence of the moment, being out in the fresh air, in all weather, translating feelings and impressions onto the canvas, making a connection with the viewer who then sees the beauty in everyday things.
"More recently, I have been drawn to express myself in more abstract ways of looking at the landscape. Look for the shapes, the brushstrokes and how the colours go together. Every painting is inspired by the landscape. I paint with oils; thick paint, and bright colours."
The 2012 June Issue of Southwest Art featured one of her larger pieces from the Water Reflections Series; the award-winning piece, "One Purple" was featured in Southwest Art 2010 June Issue. Reproductions of her images are in the Hilton Hotel in Omaha, the Aspen Grand Hyatt, and the Milwaukee Hyatt. Her images have also graced CD covers. Her work is in collections across the US and Canada, South America, England, Australia, and Germany.
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