Transitions

In January 2017 the Trump administration took office, which was motivation to begin a new series, the Transitions, but it could also be called the Gathering Storm. I'm tapping into the upheaval of these times to make a statement, but this series is more than a commentary on current events. The paintings also serve as a metaphor for all human situations and conditions, where we're threatened by dark clouds but we gravitate towards a powerful light.

There are also instances in this series where there is little or no visible ground, which is a symbol for "nowhere to stand, no ground beneath our feet." When the orbs appear, they guide us to the light. Light is always the saving grace or ultimate destination.

This series illustrates the disarming beauty of nature, whether it's in a state of chaos or a "hallelujah moment" – or the "transition" from one to the other state.

"To the casual observer, the work of Leslie Neumann evokes a distinctive 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." Lara Bradburn, Tampa Tribune

Red Tide
Cosmic

Red Tide

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
45" x 60"
Waiting for Eight Bells
Cosmic

Waiting for Eight Bells

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
45" x 60"
Sold
New Horizons
Cosmic

New Horizons

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
45" x 60"
On the Threshold
Cosmic

On the Threshold

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
45" x 60"
Sold
Squall
Wetlands

Squall

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
45" x 60"
Leslie with Squall
Wetlands

Leslie with Squall

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
45" x 60"
Winds of Change
Cosmic

Winds of Change

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
45" x 60"
Sold
Angle of Re-Entry
Cosmic

Angle of Re-Entry

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
36" x 48"
Tribute
Cosmic

Tribute

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
37" x 45"
Sold
Wetlands

I moved from New York City, population 8 million, to Aripeka, Florida, a small fishing village with 397 people on the Gulf of Mexico. My home and studio are surrounded by more than 14,000 acres of coastal wilderness. All of this beauty has inspired and influenced me as an artist. Every day I’m engaged by its raw, primitive energy.

I'm a landscape painter, but "landscape" is a loosely applied word; what I end up with is hardly any commonplace landscape.

"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, where swamp grass erupts in flames that appear to have been started by supernatural forces." — Joanne Milani, Sarasota Herald

Wellspring
Wetlands

Wellspring

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
44" x 36"
Fiery Marsh
Wetlands

Fiery Marsh

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
36" x 44"
Blazing Heart
Wetlands

Blazing Heart

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
45" x 32"
Leslie with Passion Renewed and Wellspring
Wetlands

Leslie with Passion Renewed and Wellspring

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
Passion Renewed
Wetlands

Passion Renewed

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
45" x 60"
Sold
Passion Renewed in Firebirds Grill in Charlotte
Wetlands

Passion Renewed in Firebirds Grill in Charlotte

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
Watery Cave
Wetlands

Watery Cave

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
60" x 45"
Sold
Beauty Deep Within
Wetlands

Beauty Deep Within

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
60" x 45"
Sold
Fateful, Faithful
Wetlands

Fateful, Faithful

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
60" x 45"
Sold
Reflections #23 Giant (Desire)
Wetlands

Reflections #23 Giant (Desire)

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
45" x 60"
Garden Unearthly Delights
Wetlands

Garden Unearthly Delights

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
48" x 64"
Reflections #36
Wetlands

Reflections #36

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
20" x 16"
Reflections #54
Wetlands

Reflections #54

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
10" x 8"
Four Reflections at National Science Foundation
Wetlands

Four Reflections at National Science Foundation

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
Reflections #55
Wetlands

Reflections #55

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
10" x 8"
Reflections #58
Wetlands

Reflections #58

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
12" x 16"
Reflections #52 (Sea Fog)
Wetlands

Reflections #52 (Sea Fog)

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
24" x 52"
Reflections #56
Wetlands

Reflections #56

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
12" x 16"
Reflections #28
Wetlands

Reflections #28

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
16" x 20"
Cascade
Wetlands

Cascade

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
24" x 52"
Reflections #42, marsh bank
Wetlands

Reflections #42, marsh bank

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
24" x 18"
Sun Forest #1
Wetlands

Sun Forest #1

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
10" x 8"
SOLD
Sun Forest #2
Wetlands

Sun Forest #2

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
20" x 16"
SOLD
Sun Forest #3
Wetlands

Sun Forest #3

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
8" x 10"
SOLD
Sun Forest #4
Wetlands

Sun Forest #4

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
16" x 20"
Sun Forest #5
Wetlands

Sun Forest #5

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
12" x 16"
Sun Forest #6
Wetlands

Sun Forest #6

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
10" x 8"
Sun Forest #7
Wetlands

Sun Forest #7

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
11" x 14"
Sun Forest #8
Wetlands

Sun Forest #8

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
12" x 16"
Leslie with Reflections #23
Wetlands

Leslie with Reflections #23

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
60" x 45"