A Chat with The Artist

Weeping might last all night, but JOY comes in the morning.
A very personal and close interview with the artist.
Learn more about her story and why she paint what she does.

Storms of Anger

If you grew up in an alcoholic home, you never know what to expect from one day to the next. When one or both parents struggle with addiction, the home environment is predictably unpredictable

A Family of Orphans

If you grew up in an alcoholic home, you never know what to expect from one day to the next. When one or both parents struggle with addiction, the home environment is predictably unpredictable

What is Encaustic Painting

The surface of encaustic is unique, and the luminosity, light, and depth of the surface is what draws collectors and curators to the form.

Making Mistakes

Trying and failing is not wrong.
I’ve failed many times in my life. I’ve failed as an artist, a mother, a friend, a human. My failures have to lead me to new unknown shores. It’s only when we fail, that we can look back and learn. We don’t always learn from succeeding. We learn more from ‘the dark night of the soul’.

I have often doubted whether I should keep on painting. From being a 20 + year-old winner of the largest Fine Art competition in my country I descended in obscurity and depression. My life has not been easy. (Read about my life journey here!)

What did they want?

Cold Wax Painting is a style of oil painting in which the artist mixes a soft wax medium into the paint and uses the thickened body of paint to create a heavily textured surface. Leonie ads various amounts of cold wax to the paint, and mix them with the palette knife. The mixture will look and feel like frosting. Mixtures with greater ratios of cold wax to paint will create more texture and translucency.
After application, the wax can again be heated to create a ‘melted’ look.