Fine art, landscapes, portraits, pet portraits, theatres, murals, face-painting.
Leslie Vasquez first picked up a paintbrush in 2009 to encourage her daughters to do art. She figured if art wasn't in the schools, she'd better step up and do something. While showing her daughters, she caught the passion for painting too -- wanting to do it all the time which surprised her. Within a year of picking up her first brush, she was asked to teach it for Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA, www.goacra.org or 209-223-6349) and volunteered giving art demonstrations in the schools. Six months later her art hung in a show at Clark's Corner, it won a first, second and third place ribbon at the County Fair 2011, and she sold her first painting at Clarks Corner in the Spring.
It's been an exciting year. When another artist couldn't make it at the last minute, Leslie was asked to paint the set of the Volcano outdoor Amphitheatre for The Phantom Tollbooth and discovered she loves to paint large ... sets, murals, ceilings, floors, walls. In October of 2011, a facepainter cancelled three days before the school carnival so Leslie was approached to fill in at the last minute and discovered she has a talent for painting the human canvas as well. Artistically speaking, Leslie went from zero to 100 in just two years and the discoveries are still unfolding.
Before becoming an artist herself, Leslie worked in a couple art-related jobs which involved more writing and communicating. She was Information Officer Associate at the state office of the California Arts Council. She worked as Gallery Correspondent for Charles Wysocki Fine Art at AMCAL. She reviewed music and audio books for Tower Records ezine under a pseudonym, and used her writing skills to help her brother get his art career off the ground. Her brother is now an artist at Disney. Maybe it runs in her blood for her great uncle was the noteworthy seascape painter Marshall Merritt.
She signs her paintings with her initials "LOV" because she loves painting and wants everyone viewing her art to feel that love eminating through the scene. Leslie paints mostly landscapes but occasionally portraits and pet portraits on commission. Contact Leslie directly at email@example.com or 775-303-5844.
Visit her web site at www.leslievasquez.net
Bruce is a retired school teacher and administrator who is now actively pursuing his passion for the visual arts. Being severely color blind made painting out of the question so Bruce discovered the art of collage using elegant textured papers for his creations. He has recently discovered photography as well and creates both collage and photographic art pictures as well as hand made cards. His studio in Sutter Creek is always open to visitors, just call ahead.
To contact Bruce, mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 209-267-9390.