Artist Susanne Leasure feels passionately about the art she creates, and shares her portfolio. See more from this talented painter by visiting her website.
Art has always been a huge part of my life. Drawings I made for my dying grandfather when I was three years old are still embedded in my memories. Art was the way I expressed feelings too deep for words, emotions beyond even my own comprehension. Becoming an artist is not possible. It is something you intrinsically are, and the choice is simply whether or not you commercially sell your creations.
I have been a professional artist for 19 years, creating murals and paintings for businesses and homes from California to Costa Rica and many places in between. There is great joy in the entire process, from conception to the finished painting.
The thrill of the hunt for a great scene is exciting. Travel fuels my creative passion, as I explore this amazing and diverse world. Fortunately, there is never a shortage of beauty and inspiration to be discovered just around the next bend in the road.
Mainly, I paint with oils on canvas using a rich, vibrant color palette in a realistic style. Recently, I was able to spend almost six months in gorgeous Belize. The fascinating scenery has become the expressions of my latest body of work.
The dynamic coast of California, where I live now near Laguna Beach, has also been a favorite subject matter for paintings. Water in all its forms, from the calm aqua Caribbean, the crashing cobalt blue Pacific, to tumbling rivers of every size, there is a mesmerizing quality it holds that I never tire of painting.
Beyond the self-expression of creating, I derive great joy in sharing a moment in time with others. It is very satisfying to connect with someone who relates to the feeling I tried to portray in my painting. Each work is a visual diary of my life, like little shell treasures picked up on a favorite beach to remember a moment of joy.
Currently, there is a trend of choosing a painting simply to match the furniture. Decorator Art is cranked out and shipped to every chain store. It feels like many have lost sight of the amazing feeling of selecting a painting that speaks to their heart. Making a statement about who you are, what your secret person of the heart has to say, can have an impact.
Art can lift the mood and create calm. There is so much ugliness in the media, angry songs full of despair and hate, news of death and sorrow. I desire to counteract that with focusing on the beauty of life. We all have a choice of what to fill our minds and heart with. If we aspire to live in awe and wonder, happiness will follow. It is my deepest wish that my paintings could help others have a positive outlook as I do.