Artist Profile: Leah Wiedemer

Artist Leah Wiedemer describes how a love of traveling and personal connections have inspired her latest love of painting landscapes in oil.

 

“October Fields” Oil, 24” x 18” by artist Leah Wiedemer. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“October Fields” Oil, 24” x 18”

 

ABI: How have your artwork and mediums evolved through the years?

LW: Beginning with watercolor painting florals and still lifes, I next moved on to mural painting with acrylics; then figurative, portraits and book illustrations with soft pastels. Finally, in painting landscapes and town scenes with oils, I feel I have found my artistic home.

 

“Pastur-ized” Oil, 20” x 10” by artist Leah Wiedemer. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Pastur-ized” Oil, 20” x 10”

 

Every new venture afforded me the opportunity to acquire and develop new skills, each one building upon the last. My varied experiences have all helped to equip me for this stage of my artistic journey, as I continue to study, learn, improve in my craft and grow as an artist.

 

“River Fog” Oil, 36” x 40” by artist Leah Wiedemer. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“River Fog” Oil, 36” x 40”

 

ABI: Tell us about the focus your portfolio has on a sense of place.

LW: Part of my story is my love of travel. Place is important, but it’s interacting and connecting with the locals that really creates lasting memories and makes it special.

 

“Al Fresco” Oil, 18” x 24” by artist Leah Wiedemer. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Al Fresco” Oil, 18” x 24”

 

I’ve made these connections in Italy, so it will always have a special place in my heart and is often featured in my landscapes and “slice of life” village scenes.

 

“Guardian of the Piazza” Oil, 16” x 12” by artist Leah Wiedemer. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Guardian of the Piazza” Oil, 16” x 12”

 

Having said that, I’d like to add that each different location has its own unique appeal. So wherever I have found myself—Europe, North America, The Caribbean or even close to home in Florida—there is a unique vibe, look and lighting that I hope to communicate and spotlight.

 

“Pink Palazzo” Oil, 24” x 18” by artist Leah Wiedemer. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Pink Palazzo” Oil, 24” x 18”

 

ABI: When you create paintings based on your travel, what is your process?

LW: Ideally, I would pack up my paint, pochade box and tripod so that I could plein air paint every day of my trip. But reality is not ideal. At least not for me. The weight of lugging my oil set-up through train stations makes it a chore and sucks the fun out of it for me.

 

“A Good Hike” Oil, 12” x 9” by artist Leah Wiedemer. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“A Good Hike” Oil, 12” x 9”

 

So, I’ve recently decided that until I can travel and spend significant periods of time in one location I’ll stick to traveling with a small travel watercolor set and sketch book. I can pop it in a purse or backpack and not feel like I’m dragging a ball and chain. I take a few minutes throughout the day to do small watercolor sketches and take pictures.

 

“Sunlit Palms” Oil, 38” x 42” by artist Leah Wiedemer. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Sunlit Palms” Oil, 38” x 42”

 

These sketches and photos provide me with all the visual information and inspiration I need to paint a finished oil piece once I return to the studio.

 

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