Peoples’ relationships with large animals, top predators and herbivores, have changed dramatically from pre-civilized times to the present. These relationships played an essential role in the development of early man. In modern times, we’ve lost touch with our animality, our connection to other animals and the natural world. The large predators and herbivores that have survived to the present – most under threat of extinction – assure balanced ecosystems, and we lose them at our own peril.
My initial series of paintings primarily explore the eyes of the world’s most endangered large animals. The animal soul has a deep ancient connection to the human unconscious. In the "eye" series, I work to bring that prehistoric bond into modern awareness.
In My current work landscape and the controlled chaos of the forest emerge. I am particularly drawn to the unpredictable branching of the native wild hazelnut tree limbs, as their lines define space.
Leslie Green’s work reflects her love of nature, animals and geologic forms and forces. Guided by the unconscious, Leslie explores the idea of perception vs. reality within the abstract forms, gestural line work and organic processes found in her paintings. She has devoted most of her career to clay - beginning as a potter in her teens and expanding into architectural scale vessels and sculpture. She founded Terraclay Studio in Santa Monica, California in the 1980’s and has taught ceramics privately and at the community college level to the present day. She has recently returned to painting to find free expression in color, line and movement that 2-dimensional work allows.
B.A. Painting, Sculpture & Graphic Arts, UCLA
Independent Study: Esther James, John Mason, William Shumway
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