Artist talk TODAY: Sarah Leon
May 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 4pm in WA 563
***Reception immediately following in the Transit Gallery, located in Gordon Hall’s Lower Level***
Sarah Leon paints and illustrates natural subjects, landscapes, found objects, portraits and creatures. She paints and draws in several mediums and prefers working from life. Sarah taught painting and color theory for several years before returning to fine art and illustration, and has shown her work with the Mass Audubon Society, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the SF Bay Area. Recently, Sarah partnered with the Mystic Watershed Collaborative and Friends of Alewife in a show for which she painted a series of 20 plein‐air landscapes of an endangered urban wild to raise awareness and funds for preservation.
Sarah’s landscapes have a common atmosphere of seclusion in nature, but her materials change. In oil she uses a traditional style where layers of color are applied to canvas. Her oil paintings take weeks to complete and are often painted outdoors. When she uses watercolor, she takes a more obsessive and unconventional approach. She paints hundreds of 2 inch landscapes then arranges them together to make a collective story. She feels bit rebellious about the most common instructions for watercolor. In her talk, she will discuss her paintings and demonstrate her method.