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Leana was born and raised in the Little Karoo. She has lived all her life in South Africa and currently resides with her family in the vicinity of Cape Town, surrounded by its beautiful mountains, oceans and wildlife, which suits her love for nature well.
She started painting under the pseudonym of Mow, a nickname given to her due to her love for cats and it has a very special meaning to her.
As a child, she would spend hours lying on her back watching the clouds to see what shapes she could find. Sitting at her school desk, she would doodle on paper and on occasions she would stare outside through the windows, taking each small window pane in turn, one section at a time, to see if that portion would make a great picture.
Having no formal art education, did not hold Leana back once she discovered her love for art. She believes in the power of dedication, hard work and perseverance. She was and is a very keen learner and believes that the learning process will never cease.
Leana paints a variety of subjects ranging from landscapes, nature, still life, flowers, abstracts, portraits and sometimes whimsical paintings.
She only uses Professional Artist quality products. Using a variety of mediums ranging from acrylics, mixed media and oils as she enjoys the unique quality that each medium has to offer.
Her artwork engages the whole of her being and she connects with her paintings on an intimate level spiritually and emotionally. Once a painting is complete, a piece of her soul has been captured in the artwork.
Her aim is to draw the viewer into the work and let the work speak to the viewer on an intimate level, evoking different feelings and emotions through colour, texture and subject matter.
Besides painting, Leana is a keen Blogger and an avid amateur photographer, with a desire to capture the beauty and interesting subjects around her . On Leana s blog you will find her journey through her creative awakening and her artists journal where she shares works in progress as well as other interesting art information.
Through creativity, Leana found her destiny and purpose by bringing colour and happiness into people�s lives. Art has become an integral part of Leana s life as well as the person she is today.
My broad spectrum of work includes landscapes, nature, still life�s, flowers, abstracts, portraits and whimsical paintings.
I only use Professional Artist quality products. Using a variety of mediums ranging from acrylics, mixed media and oils as I enjoy the unique quality that each medium has to offer. I also combine a variety of techniques in my artwork to achieve the specific effects I require.
Artists that inspire me include Diego Riviera, Ginette Beaulieu, Edward Hopper, Jack Vettriano, Georgia OKeefe, Rene Magritte, Fernando Botero, Degas, Paul Gauguin, Leon Charles Huber and Lowell Herrero, just to name a few.
Whatever the subject matter in a painting is, I respond to the effects of colour, light and atmosphere in the artwork, as well as the feelings stirred up within my being when viewing the subject or object.
Please remember to bookmark this page and check back often, as I am always adding new work. Thank you for your interest and support!
Copyright Notice: All images have copyright and the property of Leana de Villiers (Pseudonym of Mow) and may not be used wholly or in part without the prior written permission of the Artist and is strictly prohibited, including copying, duplicating, printing, publishing, reproducing, storing, altering, displaying, redistribution of any of the images or transmitting by any means what so ever.
Solo Exhibition in the Main Gallery of the CopperFlame Gallery for the month of October 2011.
Solo Exhibition in the Wendle Room at the Virtual CopperFlame Gallery for the month of July 2011. This exhibition presented all Best In Show artists of the first 7 shows.
Solo Exhibition in the Thames Room at the Virtual CopperFlame Gallery for 1 week in June 2011. Received award for BEST IN SHOW 3.