House Portrait Artist in Gisborne, New Zealand
House portrait and landscape artist Leisa Collins' most recent New Zealand tour stop was the Gisborne area where she visited family and tended to another artistic painting spree. “I've been in Auckland, Rotorua, Gisborne, Christchurch, Mt Cook and more, but Gisborne takes top prize when it comes to homes and gardens with personality!" said Leisa.
Earlier on her New Zealand tour Leisa was at Mt Cook retracing her footsteps of a journey she took through the South Island 30 years ago. At that time she abandoned formal art training and the confines of the classroom in Auckland, opting to learn her craft by capturing on canvas the beauty of the New Zealand landscape. She celebrated her return to Mt Cook by giving an impromptu watercolor lesson to the pupils of the Aoraki Mt Cook School. Leisa enjoys combining children and art.
Leisa recently took up her paintbrush and full-time art career again after two decades of social activism that took her to the four corners of the globe and gave her a firsthand view many diverse cultures and shocking social inequities. She is now living in both New Zealand and the USA. She is creating her latest New Zealand series of paintings while at the same time fulfilling commissioned landscapes, child portraits and house portraits. “The first personalized paintings I did all those years ago were pen and watercolor house portraits of New Zealand homes, and its still a favorite,” said Leisa, “I especially like painting historic homes and buildings.”
Leisa is now combining her activist and artistic skills under the motto Art with a Message. Her website stresses the importance of the artist bringing about social change and her Art in Action page includes her activities in this regard. Her website also includes an online gallery, featuring semi-abstract as well as realistic landscape and portrait works. She regularly posts on her Art with a Message Blog and keeps her friends and clients ted through her newsletter, Art in the Making.
“Art is a powerful means of communication and is therefore a potent weapon to bring about change,” says Leisa. “Art for me is something that goes far beyond the walls of the studio.”
House Portraits: http://www.leisacollins.com/house_portrait.html