Lelija Roy Exhibition in Breckenridge through February 8, 2015 January 11 2015, 0 Comments

The landscapes of artist Lelija Roy are all about emotion. They are about feeling. Each unique piece captures a pristine moment in time. Rather than a realistic interpretation of the scene, each painting portrays the awe that nature's beauty leaves within its witnesses.

Lelija's work has been highly sought after since her introduction in the Art on a Whim gallery five and a half years ago. The evolution of her work has been as impressive as watching the leaves of aspens turn from green to gold each fall. Aspens, of course, are a staple in Lelija's subject matter. She is quick to say, "I am always inspired by the inter-connectedness of aspen groves. They strike me as all being a part of a sisterhood." As such, every painting displays the unity found amongst Colorado's iconic trees. With such a classic subject as her muse, Lelija has excelled at creating an innovative technique to portray the magic of the forests.

Dozens of layers of mixed-media materials bring Lelija's landscapes to life through immense texture and color. The primary components of her paintings are rice papers, silk, lace and other fabrics mixed with acrylics, metallic and iridescent paints, inks and more. The materials combine seamlessly to replicate the depth we find when wandering through the mountains. Depending on the perspective Lelija seeks to capture in every new painting her viewers will find themselves immersed within an aspen grove, standing on the edge of a meadow enjoying the distant scenery or soaring above the scenery with a bird's eye view.

A new piece titled "Magic Touch" has the viewer soaking in an alpine valley, surrounded by jagged peaks. Mountains made of silk grace the skyline. Rice papers create the winter laden aspen trees. A shimmering copper sky, composed of metallic and iridescent paints, shifts color as one moves past the painting. All told, the painted and textured landscape undulates much as the valley, peaks and sky would in nature itself. It is impossible to look at the piece and not feel at peace with the world, knowing that places like this are waiting to be explored. Lelija says, I want those appreciating my art to "know that they have the power to preserve this beautiful piece of nature."

Impressions are a large part of what Lelija creates. Each piece is both realistic and abstracted at the same time, leaving a clear and telling image. The impressionist masters, such as Monet, are a large influence on Lelija's latest works. Her dreams have started to work their way into her creations as well, giving many new pieces a delicate, supernal quality.

"Heart Path" lights up her new collection. The 40" by 30" piece is alive with burgundy and gold. Lelija says, "It epitomizes the vibrancy of the Pantone color of the year, Marsala." Impressionist brush strokes create thick foliage, allowing the viewer to get lost in the color of the aspen grove. Lelija's masterful use of texture provides definition to each leaf as it sways in the breeze. Lelija's objective with the painting is to allow one to "feel the heart beat of Mother Earth."


The tradition of landscape painters using their skill to preserve the places they paint is not lost on Lelija. She says, "Every new painting seeks to bring us to that peaceful place where we become lost in the ever changing and always beautiful planet we live on."