Works in pastel, intimate views of the area and people...
Diane Leifheit moved to the Adirondacks with her family just over 40 years ago. She has been making art and working en plein air since the early 90s. A year-round resident, Diane can be found working in her studio Point of View in Gabriels, where browsing visitors are always welcome. In addition to ArtWorks, Leifheit is a member of the Adirondack Pastel Society and Adirondack Plein Air Painters. Leifheit is currently working on a multi-year project Face to Face: Drawn to Saranac Lake exhibiting in late 2015.
Leifheit says, “When I begin a piece I am finding nuances of color. I am seeing color break into layers of other colors. Variations of one color sometimes gives way to opposite color. Then there is the spirit. In landscape it is the feel of the sun, the riffle of a breeze. With people, there is the undercurrent of their life in their eyes, then a subtle letting go, a trust that I do see them under their hat, behind their glasses. I work hard to paint what I see, fair witness to who the person is at that moment.To capture the essence, to create resonance in the image. That is the goal.”
At a glance
- Her work has been recognized by several awards and has been collected both regionally and internationally.
- Published by North Light Books and Kennedy Publishing and most recently in an anthology of Adirondack writers and and artists “North Country Reflections” edited by Neal Burdick and Maurice Kenny, published by History Press.