Westport artist, Leona Frank, will show a range of her paintings and talk about how her painting process has evolved over twenty-five years and what her goals have been and are at present.
Leona lives and works in Westport and teaches painting classes for adults and children in her studio. Her award-winning acrylic paintings are in numerous public and private collections, including Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale in New Haven and Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection. She has had solo exhibitions of her work at Fairfield University, John Slade Ely House, New Haven and Westport Public Library.
Leona’s representational acrylic still life and flower paintings explore the relationship between two-dimensional pattern and three-dimensional form. They take the “still” out of traditional still life and take the viewer on an exciting visual journey into and around dynamic canvases of rich and vibrant color.
Leona’s recent series of paintings, “Flowerscapes.” depict the undulating terrain of enlarged and closely observed cropped flowers, defined by dramatic natural light. Her subjects are the flowers she observed at Outer Island, of Connecticut’s Thimble Islands, and at Weir Farm in Wilton where she was a collaborative Artist-in-Residence with her husband, photographer Richard Frank.
Leona received a B.A. in Studio Art from Queens College and an M.S. in Art Education at Southern CT State University. She taught Art for eight years at an independent elementary school in Fairfield County,. Leona is a member of National Association of Women Artists, Connecticut Women Artists and New Haven Paint & Clay Club. Her website is www.leonafrank.com