Two years ago I stepped out of the corporate scene to improve my wellbeing, and emerged from years of severe post operative pain with a rekindled passion for creating joyful, impactful paintings. Now, as a professional artist living in Bayside, Melbourne, every day I'm inspired by an endless diversity of nature, architecture and people. Living by the bay, within a short drive to the Mornington Peninsula and the Dandenong Ranges, constantly has me reaching for my paintbrushes to capture scenes of ever-changing colours, light, mood and energy.
Every painting is a leap of faith; a journey starting with an excited flutter of recognition, and a compulsion to begin the play of form and colour. Painting with oil in itself is a meditative, stimulating creative experience. My contemporary impressionist collections so far have been based on the seas, trees and flowers, balancing perspective, light, drama and uplifting movement. Following a recent trip to the awesome Northern Territory, I'm currently immersed in conveying the rich hues and powerful images of Kakadu and outback Australia.
Having studied with other Melbourne artists, including an introduction to acrylics with Jennifer Webb, the wonderful Gail Barton who led me into the joys of oils, and more recently delightful Texas artist, Nancy Medina, I am also blessed to have a lifetime of learning from my very accomplished artist father, John Leeden. Am now predominantly "self directed", continuing to develop my own unique style while participating in local art groups, art shows, exhibitions and workshops with local and overseas painters.