Meet artist Lelija Roy at Art on a Whim Gallery in Breckenridge
If you go
What: Meet artist Lelija Roy, watch her paint and view her newest work
When: Noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, and Saturday, Jan. 3
Where: Art on a Whim Gallery, 100 N. Main St., Breckenridge
Cost: Admission is free; art is available for sale
More information: Visit www.artonawhim.com, or call (970) 547-8399
The landscapes of artist Lelija Roy are all about emotion. They are about feeling. Each piece captures a pristine moment in time. Rather than a realistic interpretation of a scene, each painting portrays the awe that nature’s beauty leaves within its witnesses.
Roy’s work has been highly sought after since her introduction in the Art on a Whim gallery 5½ years ago. The evolution of her work has been as impressive as watching aspens leaves turn from green to gold each fall. Aspens, of course, are a staple of Roy’s subject matter, and each painting displays the unity found among Colorado’s iconic trees.
“I am always inspired by the interconnectedness of aspen groves,” she said. “They strike me as all being a part of a sisterhood.”
Dozens of layers of mixed-media materials bring Roy’s landscapes to life through immense texture and color. The primary components of her paintings are rice papers, silk, lace and other fabrics mixed with acrylics, metallic and iridescent paints, inks and more. The materials combine seamlessly to replicate the depth we find when wandering through the mountains.
Depending on the perspective, viewers of Roy’s paintings will find themselves immersed in an aspen grove, standing on the edge of a meadow enjoying distant scenery or soaring above the scenery with a bird’s-eye view.
Impressions are a large part of what Roy creates. Each piece is at once realistic and abstract, leaving a clear and telling image. The impressionist masters, such as Monet, are a large influence on Roy’s latest works. Her dreams have started to work their way into her creations, as well, giving many new pieces a delicate, supernal quality.
A new piece titled “Magic Touch” has the viewer soaking in an alpine valley, surrounded by jagged peaks. Mountains made of silk grace the skyline. Rice papers create the snow-laden aspen trees. A shimmering copper sky, composed of metallic and iridescent paints, shifts color as one moves past the painting. All told, the painted and textured landscape undulates much as the valley, peaks and sky would in nature itself. Roy said she wants those appreciating her art to “know that they have the power to preserve this beautiful piece of nature.”
Impressionist brush strokes create thick foliage in another piece in the collection, “Heart Path,” allowing the viewer to get lost in the color of the aspen grove. Roy’s masterful use of texture provides definition to each leaf as it sways in the breeze. She said her objective with the painting is to allow one to “feel the heartbeat of Mother Earth.” The 40-by-30-inch piece is alive with burgundy and gold.
“It epitomizes the vibrancy of the Pantone color of the year, Marsala,” Roy said.
The tradition of landscape painters using their skill to preserve the places they paint is not lost on Roy.
“Every new painting seeks to bring us to that peaceful place where we become lost in the ever-changing and always beautiful planet we live on,” she said.
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