Leah Doeland – Artist CV/BIO
Leah Doeland is a self-taught Australian artist, living in the beautiful east-cost town of Port Macquarie. Her work explores imaginative aspects of our natural world. Through the use of colour and dream-like imagery, her work intends to captivate and calm the viewer while imparting peace, joy and blessings from Heaven. Leah’s art work features in private collections across Australia, America and in the United Kingdom.
Artist statement – My art practice
Compelled to create, I delve into the deep sense of joy, freedom and completeness found in the act of mark making. The paintings I create develop from my love of nature in all its variations, form and beauty. By exploring the imaginative aspects of our natural world it offers me an endless stream of inspiration. When creating, I walk a tightrope between free, joyful abandonment, and refined, considered strokes. I approach each canvas in an unrestricted manor, I lay down the initial layers of paint loosely, adding water and allowing the paint complete freedom to move and morph upon my canvas creating its own scenery. The subsequent layers are more refined and considered, I use colour blocking techniques combined with fine brush marks borrowed and adapted from my childhood love of folk art. Drawn instinctively towards bright and clear colours, blue and green is a constant feature in my work as I believe this is an unconscious link back to nature, back to creation itself.
The atmosphere in which I create is also important to me. My art studio overlooks my tropical/coastal garden which is filled with plants I’ve grown from cuttings and seedlings. The sound waves carry a mixture of bird calls and the breeze usually whispering through the tree tops. Producing in this peaceful environment, my aim is to infuse this tranquility into each piece I create.
2017 – Solo Exhibition ‘Captured on Canvas’ – Sunset Gallery. Port Macquarie. Australia.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 - Group Exhibition - Masterpiece Gallery. Port Macquarie. Australia.
2018 – Group Exhibition - 'Drawn From Here', Sunset Gallery. Port Macquarie. Australia.
2018 - Finalist - Contemporary Art Awards of Australia.
2017 - Finalist - Contemporary Art Awards of Australia.
2017 – Group Exhibition – Masterpiece Gallery. Port Macquarie. Australia.
2017 – Group Exhibition ‘Y.A Collections’ - LemoArt Gallery. Berlin. Germany.
2016 – Finalist - Colour Trap Gallery 30 x 30 Art Prize. Sydney. Australia.
2017/2018 – Participant - ArtSmarts mentorship program. An initiative of the Hastings Valley Council. Port Macquarie. Australia.
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