LESLIE LYNE ZANTOW
"MAKING THE PAINT STICK AND OTHER SUNDRIES..."
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Day 19 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
Sandhill cranes are the subject in today's painting. A couple of years ago on our way down a country road in a marshy area we ran across a pair of Sandhill cranes. Thankfully I had my camera with me that day. Cranes are very aware traffic but don't usually do more than watch your vehicle, that is if you don't open the door and step out of it. That day I felt pretty adventurous and slowly got our of the car and crawled slowly toward the pair of cranes which were closey guarding their chicks. I ended up within 10 feet of the male, who started to arch his neck and make a lot of sounds trying to threaten me away. I remember hiding behind a telephone poll and continuing to take pictures. It was pretty exciting and the reference I used for this painting is from that day's photo shoot.
Animals and art have always been a passion in Leslie’s life. Early in life, Leslie discovered her love of animals and her need to put them to paper. Her love of line and composition are easily evident in her work. Her paintings become stories inspired by her experience observing nature, both domestic and wild.
Leslie has exhibited her artwork in solo and group exhibitions. Juried exhibits include, "Culture and Agriculture” in 2008, 2009, 2010,2012,2014 and 2015 at New Visions Gallery in Marshfield, WI,“Nightwalker 98” at the Fort Collins Museum in Fort Collins, Co., “The Horse Show” at The Art Gallery in Hotchkiss, Co. and at the Barrington Arts Council exhibit “Horses in Art” in Barrington, Ill, the American Academy of Equine Art Fall Showcase at the Museum of the Horse in Lexington, Ky 2000.2001,2002,2004 and 2015 , the Wisconsin State Capital, the Alexander House in Port Edwards, WI, the Winona Arts Center in Winona, MN., The Pumphouse in LaCrosse and the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls, WI.
Leslie was recently selected as one of 4 finalists in the Wisconsin State Fairtastic Poster Competition