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Leana de Villiers was born in 1969 and grew up in the Little Karoo, Western Cape and currently lives in Somerset West, South Africa.
Since childhood de Villiers has always been a naturally creative person. She believes in the power of dedication, hard work, perseverance and persistence. “Painting is what I do; it forms an integral part of my being, my existence, it's my meditation. The Artists Curse is part of the daily struggle, however at the same time the driving force that pushes oneself and ones abilities further and further, striving to satisfy the Artist’s soul.” –Leana de Villiers
De Villiers has a fascination with how light affects her subject matter and likes to push the contrasts between lights and darks, yet keeping it subtle and realistic at the same time. She mainly works in oils, her first love and acrylics and mixed media on occasion. Her inspiration mostly comes from nature and the world around her.
Member of the Western Cape Art Society
2015 6 to 7 June: “I AM” (Independent Art Movement) Group Exhibition, Franschhoek, South Africa
2014 20 May – 11 April – Twitter Art Exhibition, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A – ‘Karoo Farm Cottage’ was one of the first paintings to sell on opening night.
2011 October (Month) - Solo Exhibition in the Main Gallery of the CopperFlame Gallery
2011 July (Month) - Solo Exhibition in the Wendle Room at the Virtual CopperFlame Gallery. This exhibition presented all Best In Show artists of the first 7 shows.
2011 June (1 Week) - Solo Exhibition in the Thames Room at the Virtual CopperFlame Gallery. Received award for ‘BEST IN SHOW 3’.
In my paintings my main aim is to capture emotion, harmony and balance while at the same time I respond to the effects of colour, light, atmosphere and the feelings stirred up within my being when painting and viewing the subject matter. I enjoy utilizing the characteristics that the paint offers in terms of tonal values, transparency, opaqueness, warm and cool colours to create depth in my paintings.
A complete fascination with how light affects my subject matter and I like to push the contrasts between lights and darks in my paintings, yet keeping it subtle and realistic at the same time.
I use Professional Artists quality products and a variety of mediums ranging from oils, acrylics and mixed media , as I enjoy the unique quality that each medium has to offer.
My acrylic paintings are varnished in the two-system way where I first coat the painting with 2 layers Artists Polymer Varnish, which protects the acrylic paint and then I will give it a final coat of Artists Mineral Varnish which is removable. My oil paintings all receive a coat of Artists Retouch Varnish in the interim for protection until such time that the painting is dry enough to be varnished with an Artists Mineral Varnish.
On the back of each painting you will find the following information: Reference Number, Title of painting, size and substrate information, medium the work was painted in, my name and full signature as proof of authenticity.
I take pride in my work and believe in delivering high quality art work.