Joshua Van Leader is an English painter, author and designer. Art has been an instrument of expression from a young age. His inspirations and multidisciplinary professions are manifested from the abundance of nature and the adversity that we all go through at some point in our lives.

Education: The Academy of Art University, San Francisco (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

“I’ve found what I want to do for the rest of my life, my purpose is to paint and to constantly experiment pushing my own boundaries in the studio. It brings me a lot of peace and comfort to create. The most recent paintings have been inspired from the oceans and its refined enigma. I was captivated by the coral reefs all around the globe and find them visually powerful and resolute. However; we all suffer if we do not protect these forests. In the past 30 years we have lost 50% of the worlds corals. The ocean is a paradox and the most powerful entity that we can touch. For me; the ocean has played a crucial part both personally and professionally on a journey of self discovery and healing. The paintings are built on custom built canvases with diversity in size and shape. There are 8 different elements that go into creating the texture which I worked on over a period of 6 years. Marine conservation and working to better the lives of others is what I wake up everyday for, one with meaning and passion towards art, people and nature.”

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