Oil painting by Grace Schlesier Wind in the High Country. This Grace Schlesier painting comes framed as shown.
About Grace Schlesier
As a small child, she colored pictures. She remembers always loving to draw. Grace started early. In high school she had an art teacher who took an interest in her work giving her new ideas and helped her learn techniques. She always encouraged, and Grace was hooked. She says she read every art book and magazine. She just couldn’t get enough. Once older, she began studying at Art Students League and Scottsdale Artists School. Classes with Scott Christensen and Kathryn Stats, Joseph Mendez and so many others taught her so much more. She says she was taught the importance of grays and in keeping colors harmonious by using a limited palette. There are so many artists she admires, including Sorolla, Inness, Braun and Sargent. She enjoys the Russian School as well as the Hudson River School saying, “Their paintings speak to me.” Grace paints to explore the truth of nature, but also to invite you into her gentle world of beauty.
Schlesier states, “There is so much value in working out of doors. Most everything I do begins there.” She takes time to “just be” in an area. Grace states, “A painting is about how it makes you feel. In my paintings, do you feel the warmth of a summers’ day, the lighthearted feeling of springtime or the rush of an oncoming storm? If you do, I’ve done my job.” Grace likes to say to her collectors, “Let me go out in the wind and weather and I invite you to sit back in your home and enjoy the view.” She considers most of what she does outside sketches and studies, but feels in these quickly done paintings the emotion comes through. Grace says, “When a piece shows promise, I’ll use it as reference for my studio work. At times these paintings take weeks and sometimes months and occasionally a year to do a larger, more refined museum piece.“
A Signature Member with the American Impressionist Society and American Women Artists, Grace participates in their annual juried shows. Light and Shadow, her painting of Torrey Pines, received Paint America’s Top 100 in 2008 and prints are now sold at the Museum Store at the Torrey Pines Preserve. Her list of exhibitions and invitations are many over her career. Her paintings have been invited into the Salon International Invitational at the Greenhouse Gallery in Texas, The American Women Artist Invitational in Atlanta, Georgia, the Wildling Museum Exhibit and a Quick Draw in Los Olivos, CA. She is also a member of Oil Painters of America, American Artists Professional League of NY, Laguna Plein Air Painters and California Art Club. She continues to be invited to gallery and museum shows such as the Booth Museum in Cartersville Georgia, the Tweed in Minnesota, the Springville, CO, the Phippen in Arizona, the Desert Museum in Tucson and the Wieghorst of El Cajon.
This year her painting Nature’s Masterpiece has been invited into another Salon International Exhibition at the Greenhouse Fine Art Gallery in Texas. Her paintings Lazy River and A Rose by any Other Name have been juried into the 44th Annual Women Artists of the West National Show in San Diego. Her work has been shown at the Addison Gallery in Cape Cod along with the American Women Artists and at another show in the Booth Museum in Cartersville, Georgia.
Some publications include Dust on My Shoes – Sun on My Shoulders by D. Chapin; Art of the American West by Linscott and Dull; Skywest Magazine; International Artist Magazine, How Did You Paint That? Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Art of the West, titled Nature’s Magic, including Grace as one of the 10 top women artists in the US.
(Image) 18″H X 24″W; (Frame) 23″H X 29″W