..What compels me to paint realism is in finding the extraordinary imagery present in the deterioration process and its ephemeral nature. It is because of my relationship and connection to the chosen objects that requires that I work entirely from life without the use of photographs. Many of the objects are cut open exposing the seeds and inner colors. Choosing objects that react to light, heat and time, and then deteriorate as I work is an important element in the outcome of the painting. The changing creates new colors, lines and shapes.
The paintings follow a tradition likened to Renaissance and Baroque still life, using layers of translucent color glazes, acute observation, dramatic lighting and exacting draftsmanship. Although, historically this genre of vanitas painting of still lifes was to teach that the transient nature of life is insignificant compared to the life of the soul. I, on the other hand, celebrate the precious nature of life and the material world through my still life paintings.
With the representation of natural forms and color, I hope to offer solace, as nature has always offered in times of human difficulties. The purpose of my work is to provide an existential life raft to myself and the viewer, while also preserving the tradition of realism in still life painting.
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Pet portraits by Davette Leonard
Davette Leonard is also represented by Cottage Curator Gallery, Sperryville, VA
Davette Leonard participated in the September virtual art exhibitions. Click here to view more of her work and here to watch the recording of the live Meet-the-Artist event.