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Critic's Quotes about Leslie Neumann
Joan Altabe, Sarasota Herald Tribune
  “Like the word love, “landscape painting” is often put to use as a common place term, wasted on work of little distinction or feeling. Leslie Neumann’s visions of natural scenery are the real thing. There’s no peace here, no safe hold. Neumann’s landscapes are about life. They celebrate unpredictability and mood. If you want to see the sublime, if you want to see what Florida would be missing without its wetlands, see these pictures by Neumann.”
Mary Ann Marger, Tampa Bay Times
  “Leslie Neumann is a dark romantic whose mysterious landscapes seem independent of time – or weather. Over the years, she has refined her unusual technique of layering oil paint and hot wax, to create settings that seethe with haunting luminosity, as if permeated by spirits.”
Joanne Milani, Tampa Tribune
  “Aripeka resident Leslie Neumann is dedicated to preserving Florida’s wetlands, but the wetlands are scarcely recognizable in her color-infused paintings. Instead, they become places inhabited by sorcerers. She carves tribal symbols into the surface of her paint. Her swamp grass erupts in flames that appear to have been started by supernatural forces.”
Lennie Bennett, Tampa Bay Times
  “Hard to say whether Leslie Neumann's subject matter serves her medium or the medium serves the subject. Which is to say, they work very well in partnership. She is essentially a landscape artist and paints using oil and encaustic, a hot wax method that creates texture and depth. The wax also provides a luminous quality that takes the works to a mystical, mysterious level. We see that "landscape" is a loosely applied word, really just a starting point for Neumann, who often ventures beyond the terrestrial into the heavens for inspiration. And in so doing, often distills images to the point of abstraction. Her gift for color is undeniable. You can get lost in her imagined lands.”
Susan King, Tampa Bay Times
  “Bay area artist Leslie Neumann's meditative landscapes invite the experience of being present. Forget about the "monkey mind" and those chores and holiday shopping lists. Melt into her encaustic paintings, made from a process in which hot wax meets oil paint. Like some of the sublime, edgier paintings by English landscape artist J. M. W. Turner, land and sea border on the abstract. Get lost in the texture, drips and colors of earth, fire, sky and sea.”
Lara Bradburn, Tampa Tribune
  “To the casual observer, the work of Leslie Neumann evokes a distinctive artistic paradox. It is both passionate and soothing, powerful and disarming, apocalyptic and transcendent, predictable with an element of surprise. It’s a dichotomy of sensations from an artist intent on peering into nature’s soul.”
   

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