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Jimmy Leslie

Jimmy Leslie

Jimmy Leslie has spent his professional career as both and artist and an educator. He is a graduate of Monmouth University and the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art. Jimmy currently teaches in the Art & Design departments of Monmouth University and Brookdale Community College and also works with gifted students in the Monmouth County Arts High School program. As of January 2009 Jimmy will leave teaching to assume the role of Resident Artist/Technical Support Manager at ColArt Americas, Inc. in Piscataway, NJ. ColArt is the North American distributor of Winsor & Newton and Liquitex paints as well as other brands. Jimmy's work has been exhibited throughout New Jersey, as well as in New York, Oregon, Texas, Nebraska, Idaho, Florida, Missouri and North Carolina. Recent shows include one-person exhibitions at Market in the Middle, Asbury Park, NJ, the 2008 Monmouth Festival of the Arts, Tinton Falls, NJ and numerous group shows at the APeX Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ. Most recently Jimmy finished shooting four instructional art DVDs in conjunction with ColArt Americas and Jerry's Artarama art supplies in Raleigh, N.C. Jimmy is also listed in the 2007/2008 edition of Who's Who in American Artists and his work has been published on the cover of the 2007 spring catalog for Brookdale Community College as well as the 2007 college calendar. When asked about his work and his particular approach to painting, Mr. Leslie explained, "As an artist I am not trying to alter anyone's view of the world with my paintings, nor do I feel the need to address social issues. I simply want to create good, solid paintings, which seems like enough of a lifelong challenge. In doing this my subject matter tends to revolve around familiar surroundings like my neighborhood and my studio and my family life. These are the springboards for dealing with the process of painting which is equally important to me. Sometimes artists worry too much about what they have to say. For me, I'm more interested in the labor. Finding the message is up to the individual viewer. It might be found in a certain shape, a harmony of color, or a particular light source. I don't know how to paint apples, trees, or people's noses. What I do know is that if I paint the correct values, shapes, and colors and place them in the right position, the objects will create themselves. Learning to see big relationships is what I try to pass on to my students. For me, being both a painter and a teacher go hand in hand. Teaching forces me to solidify my theories and ideas about painting, which in turn are worked out in my studio. I find myself teaching through experience. There may be many factors that separate a teacher from a student, but the main one is the time spent figuring it all out - because you don't learn to paint by reading a book. You have to get your hands dirty."

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