Laurie Leehane was born in St. John’s Newfoundland in 1963. She has lived in places across Canada, finally settling back in her native city in 2002. Laurie’s passion for drawing streets and houses as a child has carried into her professional career. Her studies include fine art and ceramics at St. Lawrence College but she considers herself a self taught artist. The dark mysterious work of David Blackwood and the wonderful light in Hopper’s paintings have been an influence on Laurie’s oil paintings. She is represented by the Christina Parker Gallery. Collections of Ms. Leehane’s art can be found with the City of St. John’s and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as publication in The Newfoundland Quarterly and “City seen: Artist’s Views of St. John’s”.
It is essential to my work for me to have an emotional reaction. I am motivated to develop a landscape if inspired by light and shadow, nostalgia and memory. My work tends to tell a story of abandonment, mystery and longing. It isn’t what is said that holds the viewer’s attention but what is NOT said. I believe there is a magical time for everything whether it is the time of day the light hits the wharves and stages I investigate, or when the landscape is speaking in dreams. Everyone and everything has a moment.