Leidl Fine Art/Paintings in Oil
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the Storm/Oil on Canvas
work you will see here is an extension,
like all creative expression, of my interpretation
of the environment that surrounds me.
is at times a hostile and lonely environment,
at times a serene and peaceful one,
but it is always a beautiful one.
its loneliness, strange beauty and isolation,
it mirrors a part of us all.
This is my artist's
and is the closest I've been able to come to summarize in words
my feeling about Montana. My paintings speak more eloquently
than I do about the relationship between ourselves and our environment.
In our darkest moments we can find strength and understanding
in the land and sky, and at our most joyous, reflections of those
feelings in that constant but ever changing landscape.
strength, serenity and power, all those things that are a part
of the best of us and our heritage as human beings, are reflected
in our world; hence the great need for us to focus our awareness
on this most important world of ours, and respect, protect and
nourish it, never losing sight for a moment, or evertaking for
granted the power and beauty it gives our everyday lives.The
very harshness of this environment (Montana) has been its salvation.
Like the Northwest Territories in Canada, the hostility of the
land to man has allowed its natural denizens to roam and flourish
unmolested by man's "improvements." Here nature weighs
in with her own checks and balances.
As a resident
of Montana for six years I was initially amazed and gratified
at the relative lack of man's imprint; already I see changes
and their consequences. We cannot stop our expansion on this
planet, but we can, through our own individual and group efforts,
bring awareness, education and hence enlightenment to the relationship
between ourselves and our world, the fragility and beauty of
that world and our deep obligation to strive and to protect not
only it and its natural occupants, but by doing so protect ourselves
and future generations.
A world without
wide open spaces is a world empty for man's greatest inspirations
March 9, 2001
All images copyright Ellen Leidl ©1998
is comprised of at least six separate layers of paint. Done so
to build up the desired depth, luminosity of colour and image,
and to allow for subtlety of hue and light. This is a time consuming
process as each separate layer must be fully dried before the
next is applied. Some canvases can take up to a month or more
A NATIVE OF CANADA, I grew up on both coasts,
being fortunate to experience the many contrasts between the
eastern shores of Nova Scotia and the rain forests of British
Columbia, my home province.
One of nine children, all of whom work in the creative arts, I was motivated partly by a need to find an individual
expression for my own creativity
by the necessity to seek a practical outlet in terms of making
a good living.
The result was a successful 15-year career in commercial graphic
arts, capped by four years working as a senior
(and award-winning) graphic designer in the earth observation/aerospace
see graphic design
Woman /Oil on Canvas
Comes the Wind/Oil on Panel
In late 1994,
I was given an opportunity to forgo commercial art and face an even bigger challenge: relocating to a new country
and devoting myself full time
to a dream
yet unrealized, exploring expression through painting in oils.
I married an American and moved to Montana, where I found myself
in the middle of a vast landscape dominated by
the sky and bordered by mountains and
Soon the focus of my art turned to this very strong, subtly evocative
I have always been deeply influenced by the natural beauty encountered
in my life, much of it desolate and
inhospitable. From the remoteness of the Canadian north, to the
diverse and spectacular coastlines of Canada, and
now in Montana where the light and mood of the landscape is constantly
changing: I hope these paintings "My Back Yard" reflect those changes in all their
diversity and mystery.
Welcome to my
May a little
of Montana's beauty stay with you.
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Holter Museum of Art/Winter Showcase 2003/Nov. - Dec.
Secretary of State for Montana
/ State Capital Building, Helena, MT.
State Auditor of Montana / Mitchell Building, Helena, MT.
Helena Chamber of Commerce / Helena, MT.
Studio Montana / Bellevue, Washington
Valley Bank, Main Branch/ Helena, MT.