Mary Lepingwell


I like to draw and paint from life. My goal is to paint what I see accurately, not photo-realistically, but personally. I push and pull where paint goes: from transparent to opaque and from dark to light. A typical painting takes two to three sessions. I start with the loose gesture in oil. I like to leave some of the toned canvas or first wash showing and finish with impasto highlights. I feel that the moment, the colors, and the emotion are best captured face to face.