Dramatically changing landscape is the key element in Kerrie Leishman’s atmospheric paintings. The movement and dynamics of the natural world, the play of light where earth and sky merge, are vibrantly expressed in a captured moment in time. The escarpments, rivers and coast lines around the Kangaroo Valley region of NSW provide a backdrop to frame this changing drama of light and shade. The colour and tone that changing weather brings to the landscape as well as the seasonal changes in mood and light are reflected in the varied layers of oil paint with which the surfaces are built up. These paintings are enigmatic visions of landscape, textural compositions that resonate with frenetic activity.
Kerrie was born in Creswick, Victoria and studied Fine Art at the Ballarat College of Advanced Education. She has had twenty-one solo exhibitions both in Australia and in London since 1982, and has been involved in over forty group exhibitions. Kerrie’s work is represented in collections including Artbank; Parliament House, Howard Smith Shipping; Bundanon Collection, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and the Hamilton Regional Gallery.