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Leela Payne

Leela Payne

Silver Spring, MD

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Leela Payne is originally from Long Island, New York and currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland. She has been painting since she can remember, surrounded by a family of artists who have always motivated and encouraged her creativity and talent.
Ms. Payne received a bachelors degree in Art Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and a masters degree in Supervision and Leadership of the Arts from Bank Street College and Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Leela has been teaching art for over twenty years. Being an art teacher has allowed her to explore and experiment with a wide variety of materials and learn about the many facets of art.
As a free lance artist she has illustrated childrens books for local authors but her true passion is in the process of painting.

'When I paint I feel the process is more important than the product. More often than not, I begin without a plan. I begin the process by covering the canvas with colors and textures. Along with the traditional paint brush, I use non-conventional tools to apply the paint to the canvas. (Including nail brushes, tooth brushes, bubble wrap, printers brayers, etc.) I drip, scrub, rub the paint on, spinning and turning the canvas until the colors and textures begin to reveal their forms and subject matter. The painting first guides me. Then I guide it. Washes upon washes, layers upon layers, pushing and pulling of shapes in and out until I see an image that feels right. As I go through various actions I work through the art process, an image may sometimes disappear only to subconsciously bring about something that is even better than the first. I like to call it painting from the inside out.

 

 

Turning of the Tides by Leela Payne

 

Subtle Harmony by Leela Payne

 

Awaken by Leela Payne

 

Luminous by Leela Payne

 

Confidence and Beauty- Individuality by Leela Payne

 

Admiration by Leela Payne

 

Seeking Balance by Leela Payne

 

Transitions by Leela Payne

 

Birds Eye by Leela Payne

 

Slow Down by Leela Payne

 

Awareness by Leela Payne

 

Open your Heart by Leela Payne

 

Burden Worm by Leela Payne

 

So Happy I Could Kiss the Sun by Leela Payne

 

Mother Spirit by Leela Payne

 

His Own World by Leela Payne

 

Bath Time by Leela Payne

 

Cat II - Cat Dozing Off by Leela Payne

 

Cat I - Asleep by Leela Payne

 

Cat III Peaceful by Leela Payne

 

Sleeping Cat by Leela Payne

 

Sleeping Cat II by Leela Payne

 

Aren't They Cute When They are Sleeping by Leela Payne

 

Go Ahead I Dare Ya. by Leela Payne

 

Its All About Me by Leela Payne

 

You Looking for Me by Leela Payne

 

But We Were Just Starting to Have Fun by Leela Payne

 

Ive Got Places to Go People to See by Leela Payne

 

Have you even seen the litter by Leela Payne

 

Don't Touch Me or I Will Eat You Too by Leela Payne

 

Wet China Lights by Leela Payne

 

D.C. Market by Leela Payne

 

Reflections of a Rainy Night by Leela Payne

 

Alexandria by Leela Payne

 

Intersection by Leela Payne

 

Crowded Intersection by Leela Payne

 

Dupont in the Rain by Leela Payne

 

Rush Hour Rain by Leela Payne

 

Concert on the Mall by Leela Payne

 

Hot Dogs by Leela Payne

 

Stand on the Corner by Leela Payne

 

Ketchup or Mustard by Leela Payne