Lesley Frenz's painting's are mysterious with her soft glow-like application of paint. Her inspirations come from nature which can be seen in her pieces from her new VENTERS series.
Frenz lives with her husband in Offut Lake in Washington where she paints heavenly atmospheric scenes. The beautiful scenery of the outdoors directly feeds the creative soul of Frenz and her serene paintings are a breathe of fresh air just like the tall trees of the Pacific Northwest. She spends her time hiking, traveling, and getting acquainted with the world around her. While she is not painting she is also busy as an art consultant.
Have you always been an artist?
Professionally, no. But I've always been creative, the only spanking I ever received as a child was after drawing all over my bedroom walls, so it was there from the beginning!
Did you study art in University, if so what was your concentration?
I have a Bachelors in Art History with a minor in Studio Art, painting concentration. If I could go back, I'd go full force for a painting major.
If you could meet any artist who would they be?
Alive-- Tracey Emin. I watched the What Do Artists Do All Day documentary featuring her and was completely spellbound. I'd known about her of course, but the more I've seen from her, the more respect I've gained for her as an artist and a woman.
Dead-- Georgia O'Keeffe. She was one of my earliest influences and continues to be such an inspiration to me as a painter. I love the way she approaches the nature and landscape.
One continual theme noticed in Frenz's paintings is her inviation of her viewers to engage in the peaceful scecnery. The relation of viewer to the painting is important in its call for a greater awareness of peace and hope in the present. Her paintings are done with ease as if Frenz's confidence is achieved through her ability to unrevokablely paint what's in her soul. A courageous yet daunting task as an artist to communicate much more than just a pretty picture.
If you could take 6 months off to work on your artwork somewhere any where in the world, where would that be?
Iceland is top of my list right now. I would love to create a series of paintings based on the northern lights and wouldn't that be the perfect place to do it?!
Beautiful places fills my inspiration tank like nothing else.
If you had any piece of advice to artists just starting their careers what would you say?
Although I have years of experience in the art world, I feel like I'm just starting my career as an artist. I would pass on the same advice a successful artist friend gave me-- Work hard, work long, work quietly. The world doesn't need to see what you're working on until you're ready, until you feel like your work is completely your own. In a world where artists are pressured more and more to share everything on social media, this was really good advice and can be a tough lesson for an artist just starting out.
What I long for as an artist is to create work that moves the viewer, that captures the feeling of a moment or a place. In my artistic voice, that comes out as abstracted compositions.
What role does color play in your paintings? (I LOVE your light and ethereal like quality colors)
Color plays a huge role in my work. Light and color are some of the most powerful tools artists have at their disposal. I spend a lot of time observing light and color and thinking about how I want to use color in my work. In my latest series, VENTERS, these coastal inspired paintings I've consciously worked within a seaglass inspired palette.
"I would like to know I added some beauty to the world."
Lesley's paintings are inspiring in that she has elements of spirituality and nature together. It proves that strength and beauty can be strong but soft in approach. The appearance of abstract landscapes that emulate ocean, sea scapes and sunsets are nods to the divine.
To learn more about Lesley Frenz and her new series VENTERS checkout her website http://www.lesleyfrenz.com