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WHY AND HOW I CREATE

I create art because it's a need--like needing to breathe. Making art has been my favorite activity for as long as I can remember; probably going back before my earliest memory of being given a watercolor set at age 6. I sat there painting for 12 hours! Hard to believe, but it happened!

My work is colorful, vibrant and energetic. It helps me to put more beauty in the world. That's my main purpose in life. I'm very fortunate that my work helps not only me but others to connect with that fun, happy, wondrous, bright spark of individuality inside. Original art has timeless, magnetic and magical qualities of providing happiness, inspiration and sense of well being. It's great to receive so many compliments about how my paintings help others to have, connect and reconnect with positive, pleasurable states of mind and experiences over and over again.

Being a contemporary artist is the path in life that enables the best expression of myself. I work intuitively, picking up colors with no prior thought in mind. In creating each unique piece, I use layers of different mediums, surfaces, tools and techniques.

I strive to create a push-pull of opposites; flat against texture, a color against its opposite, shiny against matte. I love using palette knives, spatulas and whatever different and unconventional tools add to the mix. Using different mediums and varying the tools for different genres is a natural component of my creative process.

There is no intention to develop something with a figurative reference, but this often emerges during the process. This always comes as a surprise and I don't fight against it. As a former fashion designer and illustrator, I often find this very amusing. From that career, I bring a great sense of line, color, proportion, texture and the skill set to confidently and responsibly research, create and realize products that cater to a diversity of tastes.

Although I embark with no set plan in mind, my instinctive reactions are based on years of being immersed in the arts. Each choice of medium, tools, each mark I put down on the surface, every brushstroke, the type of texture, the way the colors relate to one another and the decisions about the placement of every element in my composition--all this is based on my entire life history up to the moment I create a piece. You might say it's impulse with a lot of history behind it.

Painting for me is a journey rather than a destination. I observe, looking for clues and taking the turns I feel that lead to the happy outcome of a beautiful interplay of colors, textures and proportions that is uplifting to the onlooker. In creating a piece reaching that point brings me serenity. 

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If you are not completely satisfied, please contact me by email: info@lesleykoenigfinearrt.com within 48 hours of receipt of purchase. Upon confirmation of refund/exchange request, please return the item in original protected packaging. Customer is responsible for return shipping charges. A refund will be issued of the item only, minus the shipping charges when order was placed. Refund will be issues upon receipt of the package if returned within 14 days of my confirming your refund/exchange.

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My work is created using high grade professional artist materials. The surfaces I use are archival and expertly prepared to accept the materials I use. The finished art is protected with professional artist grade sealants and varnishes. You can be assured that your purchase is durable and with normal care will stand the test of time.

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