NEWSLETTER"When I go to an art gallery and stand in front of a painting, I don't want someone telling me what I should be seeing or thinking; I want to feel whatever I feel, see whatever I see, and figure out what I figure out."- James Frey
LeRoy was born in 1966, raised in the deep south and currently lives at the door of the Rocky Mountains and edge of the great plains of Colorado. Both places influence, inform, and inspire her abstract landscape paintings. Her current work reveals the policies that are redolent of memories of nature throughout her life. The continued imaginings of southern landscape have an important influence on her work to this day. Over the last decade as an artist, LeRoy has come to recognize how much the simplicity of easy experiences taught her the way to see the world and eventually create on the canvas. Her paintings are about discovering place and crafting it.
LeRoy uses acrylic paint on stretched canvas, mostly palette knife with some brush, lard scrapers, water, and rags. She uses a lot of paint, using and pulling to form here texture and diffuse lines. LeRoy believes that art is integration of form and feeling, and that relying on too much one or the other can come across confusing and leave the viewer unsatisfied. But when a balance and harmony of the two emerges the viewer experiences a vibration that is palpable and moving. To do this, LeRoy believes rather than paint a painting or create art she must show up and work, not think, and incorporate many, many intervals of stepping back and staring at the work in progress.