FOUR new one-person shows in 2023 and 2024!

Woodfield Fine Art St. Petersburg, Florida. July 7 – August 5, 2023. “Splendid Vistas – The Art of Leslie Neumann.” 

Brooker Creek Preserve Tarpon Springs, Florida. September 23 - December 17, 2023. “Wetlands and Conservation,.” 

Arts on Douglas New Smyrna Beach, Florida. April 6 – May 25, 2024. “Under Nature’s Spell – Paintings by Leslie Neumann.” 

Dunedin Fine Arts Center Dunedin, Florida. June 14 – August 25, 2024. “Wetlands in Transition.” 

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Leslie Neumann, Artist's Statement

After living in New York City for 20 years, I moved to a small fishing village on the West Coast of Florida. My home and studio are surrounded by 15,000 of acres of coastal wetlands. All this beauty has inspired and influenced me as an artist, and every day I’m engaged by its raw, primitive energy.

I produce two bodies of work, both landscapes. One I call the Wetlands Series and it’s characterized by close-up views of lush tropical environments with saturated colors. The other is called the Transitions Series, where I emphasize an immense sky filled with storm clouds. Often there is very little visible ground, which is symbolic of “nowhere to stand, no ground beneath our feet.” This series illustrates the disarming beauty of nature and offers the “transition” between fearful states to serene states.

I find that landscapes are a wonderful vessel for metaphorical and emotional states. Ultimately, I choose beauty - and hopefulness.

My painting medium is encaustic, or hot beeswax, which produces beautiful, rich surfaces. As you view my work from across the room, the illusion of deep space draws you into my paintings. But what appears as a realistic scene when viewed from afar, quickly dissolves into abstraction as you approach the painting, so you can experience both the dreamy quality of an imaginary scene from one vantage point, and the pure pleasure of color and texture from another vantage point.

While my artwork does fulfill one of my primary objectives - to create beauty, I also achieve my other objective - do good in the world - by being a citizen activist, focused on land preservation. I’m one of the founding members of a local land trust called The Gulf Coast Conservancy which facilitates the protection of environmentally sensitive lands by placing them into public ownership. Since 1992, we have helped save 15,000 precious coastal acres

The Happy Activist — Essay About Leslie Neumann by Amanda Cooper

Leslie's Inspiration
In 1991, I moved from New York City, population 8 million, to Aripeka, a small fishing village of 500 people on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. My home and studio are surrounded by more than 14,000 acres of coastal wilderness. I hear no traffic. Instead, I listen to the fish jump at night, while seeing stars reflected in the water. All of this beauty has inspired and influenced me as an artist. Every day I’m engaged by the raw, primitive energy of the wetlands, as well as the vast cosmic night sky.


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