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 experiment with different mediums, pushing my own boundaries in the studio. It brings me a lot of peace and comfort to create. Not has not only helped me heal, but it has allowed me to inspire others. I wanted to create something visually powerful, aesthetically original and particularly interesting to which I believe I have succeeded. I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished and I am not afraid of admitting that. The most recent paintings are inspired from the oceans and its refined enigma. There are so many perspectives of the way we can look at both art and nature. The ocean is a paradox and the most powerful entity that we can touch. Yet, with grace and a definitive eye it is incredibly giving and patient, finding solace here within its harmony, 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. The practice exercises and exploits in acrylic and oil paints layer after layer to create an ethereal and intense depth on the canvas. It engages and captures the sense of emotion applied to the works. There are 8 different elements that go into creating the texture which I discovered in art school.”
Marine conservation and working to better the lives of others is the fresh direction, one with more meaning and passion for helping others and ushering towards nature awareness.
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