K. Bonnema Leslie
K. Bonnema Leslie
As a painter and print maker, my work is the visual language in which I see the world. I have always been greatly affected by my natural surroundings and am intrigued by the power they have over feelings and our own sense of place. Regardless of medium, I favor a glazing or layering technique, which produces rich vibrant color. I strive to generate the striking color harmonies that I see in nature, and the three dimensional light that plays over the surface of the landscape. I feel it is important to not only paint the subject, but the air between myself and the subject, creating a sense of atmosphere, space and feel. I prefer to work in a “series” as it allows me to explore ideas more fully. The series titles for both original paintings and serigraphs refer to geographical locations, or life events that have generated ideas for numerous paintings.
An original hand pulled serigraph is one of the highest quality art prints available. Most lithographs, commercial serigraphs and Iris prints rely on film and computer imaging to mechanically produce the finished product. Serigraphs are created entirely by hand, by the artist. Each color requires a separate screen and each screen is hand drawn. Paint is transferred through a fine mesh fabric onto paper. The areas that are not to be printed are blocked with an impermeable substance and the ink is forced through the remaining “open areas.” The printing is done with acrylic paint on museum quality 100% cotton rag paper. A printing can take from two weeks to over a month to complete, and when these small editions are finished the image can never be repeated.
Kathy Bonnema Leslie, a Colorado native, makes her permanent home in Montana where she has maintained a studio since 1994. Her work has been exhibited in numerous one woman and group shows across the country.