Leslie Neumann

L.NeumannLeslie Neumann received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, and a Master’s Degree in painting from New York University in Manhattan.

After living in New York City for 14 years and teaching art at St. John’s University in Queens for 6 of those years, she moved in 1991 to the small fishing village of Aripeka on the Gulf of Mexico in central Florida.

An active environmentalist, Neumann and other members of her community have been successful in helping to preserve more than 14,000 acres of pristine coastal lands.

Neumann’s paintings are inspired by the natural forces found in cosmic and terrestrial landscapes. Made with oil paint and encaustic (hot wax), the wax is applied with a brush while it is still hot. After it congeals, the artist scrapes through to reveal another layer of color; she then engraves pictographs, words, and marks into the molten wax. The result is a rich luminous surface.

Mary Ann Marger, art critic for the St. Petersburg Times describes Neumann as a “dark romantic whose mysterious paintings seem independent of time – or weather.”

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