To follow art is a calling.
The drive to create is never ending.
The need for artistic expression cannot be explained.
It is lifelong.
LEANNE FINK is an American artist who creates visually dynamic oil paintings that awaken the senses and move the spirit. Her art displays a contemporary style that is expressive and representational. On one level, it delights viewers with strong shapes and textural elements. And yet, in that same moment, it reaches through to the heart of the art lover and demands introspection.
Known for her striking and color filled landscapes, Leanne draws inspiration from places far away and close to home. Exploring other cultures, countries, and climates fuels her passion to paint by providing imagery of cities, antiquities, land and sea. The pastoral surroundings of her Northern Virginia residence nourish her need for always having nature's beauty nearby.
LEANNE'S ART IS VISUAL JOY. It is sophisticated. The artist brings a masterful sense of color's therapeutic value to every composition. Her paintings seem to move with vibrational scintillation. Textural elements applied with palette knife energize and add satisfying complexity to the viewer's experience. Smooth, blended areas rest the mind's eye and encourage pausing for a moment of contemplation.
FINK STATES, "I love painting! Everywhere I turn I see brilliant color and interesting subjects. I paint them my own way so that others may connect with how I interpret the world and perhaps feel uplifted by the experience.
"Art is essential to human nature with a therapeutic value that can have a profound effect. It is a balm that can heal a spirit, change a viewpoint, showcase beauty, add a smile. I wish to share my artist's vision with every viewer to enjoy in their own unique and positive way.
"My methods utilize a visual vocabulary of color and texture. Oil & cold wax on a linen substrate are essential to my process. I enjoy both painting en plein air and creating in my studio. Working out in the field grounds my soul to the Earth. I find it very relaxing, almost meditative. In the studio, I tend to work larger and take the time to explore existential concepts along with more complex compositions. The drive to create is never ending. I keep exploring and evolving."
Leanne is represented by District Arts Gallery in Frederick, Maryland. Her work has been selected by the US Department of State's Art in Embassies Program and is currently on exhibition at the US Embassy in Amman, Jordan. In addition, Leanne's art can be viewed in the Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Gallery as well as Gallery 75 at The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of Inova Schar Cancer Institute - Lansdowne, Virginia, and in corporate and private collections worldwide. Leanne has received numerous awards of excellence for her work.
In the fabric of life, many threads are woven. Art has been a way of life and a family tradition since early childhood. Leanne grew up in New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Seton Hall University and pursued a commercial career as an art director. She began her own ad agency in the New York metropolitan area. Later, she earned a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Life University. Never relinquishing her hold on the thread of art, Leanne was in private practice in the Washington, DC region with her husband for two decades. During that time she pursued portrait commissions. Upon retiring from chiropractic, her life came full circle. She considers her return to oil painting a gift to be treasured every day.
District Arts Gallery
15 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Gallery-NYC
The Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
American Impressionist Society
National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society
The Art League, Alexandria, VA
The Artists in Middleburg Gallery
The Loudoun Sketch Club (President 2019)
Franklin Park Arts Center Art Advisory Board
Inova Schar Cancer Institute: Arts and Healing 2022 Donor Impact Update, November 2022, p. 6
Art in Embassies: 3 Questions Digital Series with Leanne Fink, April 2022
Joe Motheral: "At Home or Abroad, Painting is Her Passion", Country Zest & Style, Spring 2022, pp. 46-47
Leanne Fink: "Fresh Perspectives", Elan Magazine, April 2020, pp. 22-25
Melinda Gipson: "Four Women Headline 'Near and Far' Art Show", Leesburg Lifestyle Magazine, February 2020, pp. 24-27
Jim Sisley: "Source Image: Uplifting Souls with Color", Get Out Loudoun, July 2018, pp. 6-7
Carolyn Edlund: "Featured Artist Leanne Fink", Artsy Shark, May 2018
Elaine A. Watt: "Artists in Middleburg Exhibit 'Love in the 'Burg'", Middleburg Life, March 2018, pp. 26-27
Morgan Hensley: "The Art of the 'Country Way'", Middleburg Life, February 2017, pp. 4-5