Leisa O’Brien’s artworks exhibit a polished understanding of her subject, enticing the viewer into her connectedness with water and light. Her love of being in and around the ocean is a prominent theme in Leisa’s paintings. Her intent is to portray a balance between showing the raw beauty and power of the ocean through her technical mastery and it’s mood and energy, by her insightful use of colour and tone.
“I want to transport the viewer to a remembered or even imagined place – where emotive thought holds them captive and colour both stimulates and soothes them. Almost everyone has a strong memory attached to the beach and ocean that they carry with them for their entire lives. I want my art to be the portal to that feeling- that memory.”
The potent combination of technique and emotive expression is why we tend to feel drawn into Leisa’s artworks as if you can taste the salt spray or feel the sun’s rays on your face.
Her artworks are in Private Collections in London, Egypt, France and the Caribbean. She has won a Global Online Art Award, and her artworks have repeatedly been Finalists in several Art prizes.
Leisa’s mastery of her seascapes sees her in high demand as a teacher. Along with running annual local and national Art Workshops, she teaches local classes, runs online courses, and has taught around Australia and Internationally (Southern France).
“My connection with the ocean is very strong. It’s my place to recharge, my place of healing and a great source of joy. I have an overwhelming urge to express my love and awe for its power, energy and beauty.”