Welcome to Schlesier Fine Art
As you view a Schlesier painting, your thoughts will be transported to a peaceful place where yesterday, today, and tomorrow are nonexistent. "Providing people with a joyful, timeless moment is my objective," Grace said,“and by painting on location, I become intimate with my subject and achieve the feeling of being a part of the scene.” Grace said her goal is to share what she observes with the viewer, and through the viewer's memories and imagination, he or she can make the painting their own. Because moments can be special and vital, Schlesier art offers us a way to more fully appreciate the wonders of our world through artwork that graces our walls. In the studio, Schlesier will take her on location paintings to another level. The studio provides the time and space for Schlesier to paint her larger museum quality paintings.
A native of New York, Schlesier studied at the Art Students League following high school, and after moving to California, she studied at Scottsdale Artists School. She continues intense lessons in workshops with David Leffel, Ted Goerschner, CW Mundy, Scott Christensen and Carolyn Anderson. Great artists of the sea, such as Frederick Waugh and E. John Robinson’s marines continue to inspire Schlesier and encourage her to push her work beyond what she’s learned from her mentors.
Schlesier paintings grace the walls of numerous important collectors, including Christine Bullard, Carolyn Carradine, and Myles Arber. Two of her corporate collectors are Blanchard, Krasner and French of La Jolla and Utopia Management of San Diego. Her work is also in the permanent collection of the Wieghorst Western Heritage Museum of El Cajon, California.
Schlesier has had exhibitions and invitations to prestigious shows throughout the country, including the National and Regional Oil Painters of America (Member), Top 100 Paint America Traveling Exhibition; Tweed Museum National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters; National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society 25th Best of America Show; Arts for the Parks, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe, NY (Member); Salmagundi Club, NY (Member); American Impressionists Society (Signature Member); American Women Artists (Signature Member); Audubon (Member); Laguna Plein Air Best of Plein Air; American Artists Professional League 87th Grand National; and the CAC.
Recent awards include the prestigious Signature Gold Medal Award at the American Woman Artists Exhibition in Scottsdale in 2015 and the Third Place Overall in the Plein Air Salon competition in 2016. She has also held solo shows at the Wieghorst Museum and Villas and Verandas Fine Art Gallery along with exhibits at the Booth Western Heritage Museum in Cartersville, GA, Springfield Museum in CO, and the Phippen Museum in Prescott, AZ. Schlesier Paintings have been published in coffee table books such as Art of the American West, How Did You Paint That? and Sun on My Shoulders, Dust on My Shoes. Articles have been written about her work in the Nov/Dec issue 2012 of Art of the West titled "10 Top Women Artists" and the Art of the West May/June titled "Landscape Love Affair"and again in Art of the West titled "Painting is a Spiritual Thing." Her work was also featured in the February 2014 issue of Southwest Art Magazine in an article titled “Natural Wonders.”