When: Saturday, November 18
Time: 1- 4 PM
Experience Levels: All
Instructor: Leslie Santapaul
Cost: $50 Tuition (pay to Bower Center)
Materials fee: $5 (pay to instructor at beginning of session)
Student to bring an apron
Class size: Min 6 - Max 10
Registration: Call our office at 540-586-4235 or come by the Bower Center Tues-Sat between 11 AM to 4 PM to register or online.
Explore the design within Abstract Painting using a unique, synthetic paper called Yupo that is 100% polypropylene, and learn techniques that will free your artistic spirit. Go beyond brushes to create fascinating textures and flowing forms.
About the Instructor
Santapaul’s work is filled with curves and organic forms. She also paints without creating a preliminary drawing. "I put colors down and start to move them around. Something always appears to give me an idea of where to go next." Painted with acrylics on synthetic “Yupo” paper, Santapaul’s finished paintings are abstract. She started as a watercolor artist and found the experimental elements of different methods and materials brought a new dimension to her art. The bright movement of acrylics spreading across the extremely smooth non-porus paper appealed to her. “Most of my work comes straight out of my imagination,” says Santapaul. She admits that some of the animals and faces that people see in her work may be the work of her subconscious. Winner of first place in 2014 for acrylics and second place in 2016 for mixed media in the Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) annual shows and awarded Best in Show in the 2016 Bald Knob Artist competition in Franklin County, she has consistently collected other honors across the region. Most recently, in the November 2017 SMAC show she took first place for her painting “The Great Beyond” and she also won a third place in the same show.
Leslie was born in Virginia, but took over 40 years to return. She studied Radio-T.V.-Film at the University of Georgia and worked as a writer/producer/director in both public and corporate television.
She had a brief second career as a custom framer and gallery owner in Long Island, NY. When her husband retired, they moved to the Hamptons and she discovered the joys of landscaping. She still designs landscapes, using a broad palette of native plants and has helped clients around Smith Mountain Lake achieve low maintenance, ecologically sound waterfronts.
In Leslie's 25 years as a landscape designer she developed an appreciation for the design elements of trees and flowers. "But I didn't want to paint realistic renditions." Instead she abstracts her horticultural subjects so that they appear to fly or swoop around the composition. Her earlier works were mostly watercolors on large Yupo paper and were awash in deep, rich tones which adds to the "other-worldly" quality of her work. Today, most of her current works are largely done in acrylics.
She has exhibited in group shows and won awards at Bower Center and for several years has maintained a studio at The Grainery, Home of Rocky Mount Center for the Arts, in Rocky Mount.