Linda Leslie uses oil on canvas to create pieces that are honest yet subtly alienated from reality. Each figure is carefully rendered to make the most of the lighting. They often appear to emerge organically from the earthy ground of the canvas, manifesting as nudes or figures lounging in subtly toned clothes. The soft, tangibly fluffy brushwork reasserts the natural element of Leslie's works, allowing just enough of the roughness of the canvas to show through. The figures are similarly taken to an organic space, placed in simple rooms or else left to float amid gauzy clouds. This adds a magical touch to Leslie's body of work, and to her hand in making the work. Her 40 years of figure painting experience manifests in the way the figures materialize on the canvas, elegant and clear, but completely integrated. Each work maintains this balance, giving Leslie's paintings a compelling sense of surreal quiet.
Living and working from Missoula, Montana, Linda Leslie draws inspiration from 18th century romantic work and strives to imbue each piece with a sense of peace.