Leisa Clark

Leisa Clark

  • Artist’s Statement

    In my teens, I dreamt of being an artist, fuelled by a multitude of emotions bursting to get out and often finding myself creating long into the night. Despite these ambitions, external pressures to get a normal job led me into the Nursing and Midwifery profession.

    A back injury, subsequent surgeries, and a battle with depression forced me to confront the fact that I was living a life shaped by others. Choosing to step away from Midwifery in my early 30’s marked my return to the creative path I had abandoned long ago.

    In 2015, I embarked on a new journey delving into graphic design and web design, starting my own design business in 2017. In 2022, I rekindled my artistic passion, finding my path back to my roots as an artist, actively participating in multiple painting workshops and artist groups.

    I love to capture scenes and objects that provide relief from our overwhelming Western World and make us reflect on ourself, our beliefs and our understanding of this world. I tend to gravitate toward bright colours to hopefully bring joy into peoples lives.

  • Biography

    As an acrylic artist, Leisa’s work is inspired by the great Impressionists and the dynamic spirit of pop art culture. Her artistic approach is characterised by a purposeful use of vibrant colours, with the intention of evoking feelings of joy and a sense of hope. Leisa often refers to her work as Pop Impressionism. This expressive choice holds particular significance for individuals, such as herself, who grapple with the complexities of depression and anxiety.

    Leisa loves to paint scenes that provide escape and respite from the stresses of our Western lifestyle, and capturing objects that inspire introspective contemplation.

  • Influences

    I am influenced by the great Impressionists; Pissarro, Monet, Renoir, Degas. I am also drawn to the vibrant colour and concepts behind pop art/pop object work. I learnt under David Hinchliffe at UniSQ Mcgregor workshop at the beginning of 2023. I like to refer to my work as Pop Impressionism. Modern artists that I admire include David Hinchliffe for his use of light, John Bokor, Paula Jenkins, Nick Olson for their use of colour.

  • Awards

    Grand Champion | Clifton Art Show – 2023

    2nd Place Novice | Toowoomba Royal Show – 2023

    Highly Commended | Clifton Country Week – 2023

  • Exhibitions

    Margaret Street Gallery | March – August 2024

    Blossom Cafe & Post, Greenmount (Back Road Artist Group) | 2024 – Present

    Wendlands Fine Foods (Back Road Artist Group) | March 2024 & March 2023

    Warwick Art Gallery (Back Road Artists Group) | August 2023

    Clifton Country Week Art Show | October 2023

  • Website

    https://www.leisaclark.com/

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Leisa Clark

Looking West, Ramsay
60 x 91 x 3 cm Acylic on Canvas - unframed $880.00