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Leslie Woods

Centre Street Art Gallery is pleased to welcome Maine artist Leslie Woods.

“I paint figures, because I am passionate about composition, and bodies are my design elements. Muscles are maps of their actions, and bones create patterns. Hands and feet indicate specific activity , and I love to emphasize their lift, fall, and twist.

People have always been easy for me, so I quickly desired more complexity than the static poses of figure classes. While I can draw and paint portraits, I prefer to apply hats and shadows, because well-done head and body placements convey expression without distractions. I want anyone to see self, relatives, or friends in my work.

Sport permits my love of brilliant color, which I temper to accommodate my somewhat cubist, color-block style. I enjoy the demanding puzzle-making of color changes based upon light, motion, and my artistic vision.

First I consult my stacks of reference materials to determine what my characters will say before I turn a two inch photo into a twenty inch figure. All of my paintings require multiple photos, drawings, research into anatomy books, and an understanding of the subject. I want an entire work to present kinetic energy and attitude thru my carefully crafted composition.