Roy offers landscapes: observed, remembered and imagined. Her current work speaks to Lelija’s intense need to be one with the natural world and to celebrate the beauty of earth’s biodiversity. Her creative process is essentially terra-forming. Her multi-layered canvases start with earth, water and sky. Later she grows rocks and trees and plants.
Roy discusses her new work: “The work in this new solo show focuses attention on defining moments. As the show’s title suggests, the sun plays a key role in my new work. Each painting, in its own way, portrays a moment in the landscape when the sun spotlights,highlights, or even obscures the scene.”
Roy’s “Sunlit Spaces” illustrate three components of the art experience: the artist’s vision, the viewer’s perception and the commonality to both through the prism of the “work”. Roy expresses texture as color and color as texture. She works with acrylic paints and a long list of other water-based media pigments. Various rice papers, lace, silk, fibers, handmade paper and metals form the texture as well as the color. She, then, hand paints these materials and her process combines mono-printing, watermarks and numerous painting techniques. Resulting AspenSPACES typically include as many as twenty layers. Careful to select only professional quality pigments, no published or published papers are ever used by the artist. To further assure archival quality, each piece receives an acrylic gel and a final UV polymer varnish. Roy carefully extends the image to all four sides of her gallery-wrapped stretched canvases, so no framing is required.
The inspiration for the artist creates a defining moment for the viewer. Roy continues: “As such, each painting shows a defining moment in a solar spotlight. They are single moments in time and space. If you are hiking, the scene differs both ten paces before or ten paces after this point. As you observe the scene, the changing sunlight only looks exactly like this for the moment in time captured on this canvas.”
The artist reflects: “None of these paintings are exact real places yet each carefully records an emotional response to the beauty of this earth.” Roy’s new paintings offer a kaleidoscope of defining moments and each work’s title foreshadows the viewer experience. Roy wants her collectors to realize how the paintings make them feel more than become occupied with what they see.
· “Pink Champagne” captures the twilight glow reflected on snow kissed mountains and frozen water.
· “Remembering When” depicts a memory from the mind’s eye recalling a perfect summer day along the shores of a mountain lake glimpsed through the trees.
· “From the Ridge” is the tipping point of a view from a ridge when the valley below is first revealed.
· “Just Rambling” allows a glimpse to the trail ahead as it zigzags up the mountains.
Additionally, Roy shares seasonal celebrations:
For Lelija Roy, her objective is not to reproduce a scene. She wants you to feel surrounded and embraced by organic forms. Hence, her mixed-media paintings are about the “space” created by the trees in a grove, the wind and water carved shape of a canyon, the quiet intersection of woodland and meadow or the ever-changing line between wet and dry sand on a beach.
As an only child, Roy reflects: “My best friends were a box of crayons. My spirit poured on to countless pieces of paper.” Roy’s formal art training began in the 1970s at the Art Students League in New York City and a BFA from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Her early career in graphic design morphed into publishing, educational research and teaching. Roy’s work is held in both public and private collections throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries.
James Ratliff explains the wide range of sizes from 12”x12” to five foot by twelve foot triptychs: “Lelija is very accomplished working on special landscapes for her clients and welcomes commission requests through the gallery.” For further information, about “Sunlit Spaces” or other 50th anniversary exhibitions, contact James Ratliff Gallery at 928-282-1404;