has been painting for 30 years. He prefers to paint realistic and
surrealistic works. The natural world around him is his first inspiration,
but most of his work is transformed by a prodigious imagination.
His paintings are usually built up in many layers of stains and
glazes. Oil on canvas is his main medium.
botanical paintings are quite intimate. I love insects, the details
of leaves, little droplets of water and the peaceful solitude of
a small nook in a garden. Light plays an important role in these
works. All life comes from light. I especially love backlighting
which shows up, the veins in leaves, the shadows of insects and
other leaves or flowers showing through the main motif, or the
general shapes and tones of the less important background features.
The often soft-focus background suggests their is more in this
scene than just the main motif. These works are a microcosm of
the bountiful world within which we live.They are painted carefully
and lovingly. They have the ability to absorb the light with which
they are illuminated."
Leonard completed a Bachelor of Visual
Arts (with distinction) at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga
in 1995. He loves teaching art to all ages and enjoys creating
in any medium - drawing, animatiing, composing music, writing stories.
You can view more art by Leonard at his website at: www.leonardaitken.com
Images © Leonard Aitken 2008