Title: Pillar of Fire
40 x 30"
Weight: 15.0 lbs.
"Pillar of Fire" has flames of gold and silver leaf surrounded by vivid blues. It is on a convexo canvas that does not require framong.
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Based in the St. Louis Missouri area, Fraser Leonard is a prolific full-time professional artist with over 40 years of creative experience. His works are influenced by nature and a positive attitude towards the environment and mankind. Leonard's award winning works date back to the early Sixties. He has had many one-man shows, as well as numerous exhibits in the Midwest and the South. Leonard was a high school art teacher in St. Louis County, Missouri, Lindenwood University art faculty, St. Charles, MO and taught abstract painting at the St. Louis Artists' Guild. Throughout his career, Leonard has been and remains an active artist pursuing his passion of creativity.
My work is a spontaneous response to my surroundings which is unencumbered and intuitive. I pull inspiration from natural landscapes and organic matter.
My hope is that these works will move the audience beyond the surface and inspire one to delve into the mystery of the piece. Whether I am paining landscapes, impressionistic or pure abstractions, my large brush strokes reveal expressions of energy, light, balance and contrast. Many of my paintings have an extraordinary involvement with vibrant hues that exude warmth, earthiness and pure excitement. The mystery comes into play with the emotions of ones own inner feelings that extend beyond realism and leaves the imagination wide-open.
Artists who have inspired me are the very artists who motivate me to think and explore beyond the surface of the canvas. Artists such as, Picasso, DeKooning Pollack and Miro all arouse feelings beyond the piece.
My devotion to education included the classroom for high school students as well as adults as a Lindenwood University art faculty in St. Charles, Missouri in 1989 and classes at the St. Louis Artists Guild for five years.
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