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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Flowers and plants have been an elemental passion for Leslie Montana since her childhood in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, in New York City, in the 1960s. Her earliest memories are of the gardens in Brooklyn that she grew up with. The flowers often seemed as big as she was and the roses and brightly colored spring tulips particularly captured her attention. As she played among peach and apple trees, grape vines and bountiful vegetable gardens it created a lasting impression on this soon-to-be artist.
Leslie Montana called New York City and northern New Jersey home for most of her life. As she notes, “The Statue of Liberty was never more than 15 miles from my front door for what seemed like forever.” Then 9/11 occurred and the fear in the air created a need for her to take a geographic sabbatical. Today, the love she has for her “home-town-city” remains even as she moves between the foothills of the Colorado Rockies to southern California's beaches to northern New Mexico.
As far back as she can remember Leslie Montana has identified herself as an artist. Her current body of work began to emerge in the mid 1990's when her inspiration soared and gained tremendous momentum after a creative rebirth of sorts. Leslie Montana found life taking her down a new path as she stretched several large canvases from which large and uncharacteristic paintings of single flowers emerged. “A clear and direct wellspring of inspiration opened up inside of me,” she remembers, “and connected me to the world of nature and beauty in a way I had not been able to see before.”
The focus of these large works is as personal as it is transcendent, and is about enjoying the pure beauty and light-filled qualities of what Montana sees in nature. For Leslie Montana there is a powerful kind of silence that engages her consciousness during her most centered and productive moments. As she paints she sees an entire painting in her mind’s eye before it is ever manifest on canvas. Yet it is always a process of exploration and discovery as it emerges into physical reality. She plans each piece using her imagination and sometimes a sketch to keep that imagination on track. “A good description of how this process feels is ‘effortless’ very hard work.”
On her creative journey, the appreciation she has for the “exquisiteness inherent in nature” continues to grow. “It expands as I continue to work more deeply and uncover who I am in relationship to nature, God, Great Spirit, the Great Mystery. I am inspired to explore as well as share the beauty I see emanating through these life forms. Welcome to the garden of my inner landscape.”