Leanne paints to ‘cheer the soul’. This is quite a departure from her earlier works. In her youth she won several awards for her angst-ridden paintings. Her first public achievement was a Certificate of Merit for, ‘Cold Loneliness’ (oil on hessian) at the Eighth Annual City of Rockhampton Rotary International Art Competition in 1979. A year later she won both the first and second prizes in the Nationwide Employment Service (NES) Art Competition in Bundaberg.
Her study and career commitments took precedence for the next 20 years, but in 2011 she returned to her painting with a heightened passion and focus. ‘I hadn’t realised how much I missed it and also how therapeutic it was to paint uplifting subjects.’ This year she was a finalist in the Moreton Bay Regional Art Exhibition, then went on to win first prize in the Oils, Acrylics & Gouache Section of the 2011 Arts Alliance Art Show for her oil painting, ‘Unloading Catch of the Day – Scarborough Boat Harbour’.
Leanne works between two styles of painting and often has several canvasses set up concurrently so that she can alternate between painting meticulous studies of light on objects at one extreme and at the other she enjoys a more freestyle approach using liberated brush strokes and lashings of paint. Her favourite subject is her garden with its resident birdlife. She also enjoys painting water reflections and interesting people getting about their business. Leanne sells cards featuring her paintings. She may be contacted on email here.