Lesley Frenz (b. 1972) is an emerging artist working in acrylics and watercolors. Born and raised in coastal North Florida, she received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Florida where she studied Art History and Painting. An avid hiker and backpacker, Frenz finds inspiration in wild places and her current practice is centered around the exploration of the natural world and landscape through its expression in color. Soft and atmospheric, her paintings evoke the vast mystery held in places few truly explore. Her first solo exhibition, LATITUDE, opened at Art & Light Gallery in Greenville, SC March 4, 2016. She blogs about her artistic journey at ArtsyForager.com. Frenz and her husband travel throughout the Pacific Northwest, working and searching for inspiration and a place to call home. She is currently painting in Tacoma, Washington.
Years of travel through the West and Northwest have filled my inspiration cup full to overflowing. As I walk miles of wilderness trails, I find myself enraptured with the way the fog settles between mountains, how the light finds its way through the tallest of Redwoods. It is these moments that capture my heart and my imagination and move me to put paint to canvas. I carry them with me in photographs and memory until I am ready to allow them to spill forth in color. Through acrylic paintings on canvas and panel, I am seeking to capture the feeling not just of a place, but of a moment. From that inspirational scene, I begin my composition, building up layer upon layer of acrylic color and transparent glazes, until the surface is transformed into a representation of my experience of that locale and moment in time. The surfaces convey the sense of atmosphere and mystery I find in these wild and untamed places, mirroring the wildness in us all.