Denver-based artist Lelija Roy offers glimpses into the western landscape. Lelija’s mixed-media work expresses texture as color and color as texture. She works with acrylic paints and a long list of other water-based media pigments. Her textures combine various rice papers, lace, silk, fibers, handmade paper and metals with acrylic mediums. The painting process includes mono-printing, watermarks, and numerous painting techniques. Resulting pieces can include as many as two dozen layers.
Each piece expresses unique rhythms and textures of the living earth. Lelija seeks out the interconnectedness of organic and inorganic elements. These glimpses encompass the hazy light of early morning, the wind in an aspen grove, the silent struggle of a pinion pine on a canyon wall or the rush of the waterfall.
Lelija's formal art training began in the 1970s at the Art Students League in New York City and was followed with a BFA from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. She began her full-time art career in 2005 in Florida. Since moving to Denver her work has evolved to perfectly capture the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Her work is held in private and corporate collections throughout the world. She can be found demonstrating her techniques in the Art on a Whim Galleries several times a year. Commissions for works of any size are always welcome.
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