Leanne Bouwer draws inspiration from scenic landscapes and imagined elements in a playful and symbolic way to represent inner states of being. She uses colors boldly, and enjoys the contrasting tension between hard lines and softer edges, between the fluid and realistic. Each art piece carries with it the intention of bringing positive change and positive energy into the space it will inhabit.

Let's meet Leanne Bouwer...

Forgiveness Butterflies by Leanne Bouwer
Forgiveness Butterflies by Leanne Bouwer

1. What does a typical day in your life look like?
I own and run a teaching studio so each day, 6 days a week, I will spend 2-4 hours setting up and teaching one to two classes. I teach children, middle schoolers and high schoolers as well as two adult art classes a week. One of the adult classes is a Tuesday evening art and wine event.

Typically in the mornings, and early afternoons I paint with the company of my cocker spaniel, Biscuit, watching. From around 3pm onwards I teach until 6 or 7 pm.

Sunrise by Leanne Bouwer
Sunrise by Leanne Bouwer

2. What does your studio look like?
Light, bright and white :) The floor is white and splattered with paint- intentionally.

3. Tell us one unique thing about you/your art.
I paint following my inner guidance and intuition. Although I am a realistic painter, and objects are easily identifiable and realistic, and I am not an intuitive painter (they typically paint very loosely with eyes closed or with their non dominant hand) I think of myself as an intuitive painter. I choose my subject and alter it intuitively. I then carefully source reference material and work at rendering the piece realistically. Each piece carries with it the intention of bringing in positive change and positive energy into the space it will inhabit.

4. What do you love most about being an artist?
I get to express things I sense but cannot verbalize or express any other way.

5. Which is your favorite art piece so far and what is the story behind it?
All my work is my favorite at the time I make it! I love it intensely until I move onto the next which I then love intensely. Each piece holds a special place in my heart and always will. Some pieces depict very emotional times for me personally, for example my father's passing or my grandmothers passing and so these pieces I do not part with and they hang in my bedroom or living room areas.

6. What are three things you can’t live without in a day?
Art, a gourmet lunch and my dog Biscuit.

Letting Go by Leanner Bouwer
Letting Go by Leanner Bouwer

7. Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?
Inspiration comes from within and I access it through self-discipline, and meditation.

8. Lastly, what does success look like to you?
Success is freedom to me. Freedom is a major theme in my art. I paint balloons, birds, butterflies and all things free and in flight. Being free to express myself positively, being free to manage my own time and resources, being free to be who I am that is freedom.

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