"Grace Your Walls"
Signature Member of
American Women Artists and American Impressionist Society
As a small child, Schlesier loved drawing and coloring pictures. She won her first award in kindergarten for a painting of a giant rabbit. Her high school art teacher encouraged her love of painting, and helped her learn basic principles and techniques.
As an adult, she studied at Art Students League in New York and Scottsdale Artists School. Workshops with master painters Scott Christensen, David Leffel and CW Mundy, Kathryn Stats, Carolyn Anderson, Matt Smith, and Joseph Mendez taught her the importance of experimentation and to always strive for excellence in her work.
Schlesier’s work has also been influenced by painters of the past. In particular, Frederick Waugh’s seascapes, and Joaquin Sorolla for his use of light. George Inness and John Sargent and also contributed to the development of her style. She enjoys the Russian School as well as the Hudson River School saying, “Their paintings speak to me”.
Schlesier paints to explore the truth of nature, but also to invite you into the world of beauty. Schlesier states, “There is so much value in working out of doors. Nature is my best teacher. A painting is about feeling. The warmth of a summers’ day, the lighthearted feeling of springtime or the rush of a storm is what a painting should evoke. I love to be out there, experiencing it all, and hopefully capturing a bit of it so you can enjoy, and find serenity or an old memory, in the view.”
She considers most of what she does on location studies for larger, more refined work. Her en plein air work; capture the emotions she feels in fleeting moments. She uses these studies, and photos taken at the time of painting, as reference for her larger studio pieces. Studio paintings can take weeks, months and occasionally a year or more to complete. Currently, Schlesier is moving into larger format paintings trying to totally immerse the viewer into the scene.
Schlesier’s work graces the walls of many prominent collectors and has garnered accolades from prestigious judges and jurors. Her paintings have also been published in national art magazines and other publications. For a full list of articles please visit her Press page.