Artist Statement

Linnea Toney Leeming is an abstract expressionist painter of predominately large format, very colorful contemporary abstract paintings.

Artist Statement

 

Color first pulls me in and holds me tight.
Gooey thick texture of paint gratifies.
Sensuous brushes intoxicate me.
Sometimes I paint just for fun.
All of the time
I paint to soothe my soul.

“A Love Poem to Paint” by Linnea
2/14/2009

 

Our love for a work of art is an intimate affair, which is why we long to own the work so we can live with it- touch it, move it around, and have it as our own. When the work is abstract, there are endless reasons for our attraction. Abstract art is an abstraction. It does not represent anything. It is nonobjective. Instead of depicting what we recognize in the world of objects, people and nature, abstract art is concerned with color, line, form, and texture. It is not reality-based but emotionally-based. It is expressive and gestural. When an artist paints or sculpts, they are driven to express what they see and feel.

 

“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you
know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for
composition and for colours, and that you be a true poet. This last is
essential.”

– Wassily Kandinsky

 

My poetry is creating beauty in expressionistic painting, always with great quantities of energy, humor and observation. My paintings are each a harmony of process and discovery, each a medium for passion, joy and excitement.

I focus my interest in creating a sense of space and time. I use the abstract expressionist's process-driven approach to painting and the practice of listening to the unconscious. Large abstract paintings are conceived by making a series of considered decisions fueled by issues of color and space, where lines, patterns, and textures overlap and merge into unified compositions. Layering color, mediums and glazes, my compositions evolve of their own accord, acquiring their own presence and identity. I am relentless in using various media and experimentation to create the finished piece. I work intuitively and impulsively, always vibrant and energetic, creating paintings that burst with color; my mind and my hand work together to spark imagination.

My paintings can be seen in galleries and collections throughout the United States, as well as collections in Moscow and Shanghai.