PV Arts Board
Leslie Sandbulte is the Paradise Valley Artist-in-Residence for 2022-2023
Leslie Sandbulte has a love for oil painting and the human figure. This love is obvious in her art.
Over the years her style moved from traditional Impressionism in the French and Russian tradition to one with more of a Japanese influence. The merging of French Impressionism and Japanese wood block prints seems an unlikely combination of styles. Though Leslie’s style was curated over many decades.
A degree in Fine Arts from USC and two additional teaching credentials contribute to the foundation of her honed works. Like so many college graduates in art, she longed to finish in detail, what was only a small smatterings of instruction. Breathing in, she studied with David Leffel, Jeff Legg, Robert Liberace, Del Gish and Ron Lucas. Breathing out, she was freed to break the rules through fifteen years of study with Mitt Kobayashi. A more formal review of the figure has been studied with Liberace of the Arcadia Gallery in New York.
Her choice is to keep her palette minimal with the focus on design and value. The muted combinations of hues that can be found in Asian art are essential. Forms are carved with intense, exaggerated dark and light values. Neutrals are often strange, unexpected colors that give a reflective glow to the skin. Brush strokes are allowed to be thick, buttery and honest.
Her goal has been to continue the organic growth toward simplicity and emphasize design. There is always a book of Japanese art next to the easel for inspiration and a print of John Singer Sergeant for a model of skill.
Prior to becoming a resident of Paradise Valley, Leslie lived in Seattle, WA with her husband, Web where they raised their two sons, Josh and Zach.
“Breathing in and breathing out is the process that keeps me energized in my art. I breathe in and take in all the theory, discipline of seeing and understanding what really exists in my vision. I learn the rules and take the majority of time looking at the subject. When I breathe out, I am creating what I wish existed. I then use the elements of line, color, space, form and texture. I defy the rules and spend most of my time allowing the image to emerge from the canvas. To me this is the creative process.”
EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS
2009 Art House, Catherine Kelleghen Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2008 Social Impressions, Catherine Kelleghan Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2007 A Focus On The Figure, Catherine Kelleghan Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2007 One-Woman Show, Deloney Newkirk, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 Kirkland Uncorked, Kirkland, Washington
2006 One-Woman Show, Deloney Newkirk, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2006 One-Woman Show, Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
2005 Two-Person Show, Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
2005 One-Woman Show, Gallery Oscar, Sun Valley, Idaho
2004 Three-Person Show Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
2004 Two-Person Show Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
2003 Two-Person Show, Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
- Two-Person Show, Merrill Johnson Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2002 Spring Showcase, Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
- Exhibition 2001 at Mercerview, People’s Choice Award. Mercer Island, Washington
2000-2006 Slice of Life, Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
2000-2009 Miniature Show, Kirkland, Washington
- Fall Invitational 2000, Merrill Johnson Gallery, Denver, Colorado
- Millennium Images, Kuwait and America
- Expressions, Tacoma, Washington
- Edmonds Art Fair, Honorable Mention. Edmonds, Washington
- New Orleans National Juried Exhibition, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Western Washington State Fair Art Show, Exhibition Judge, Puyallup, Washington
- SeaTac Juried Fine Arts Show, SeaTac, Washington
- Western Washington State Fair Art Show, Third Place Award. Puyallup, Washington
1994 East Side Painters Show, Bellevue, Washington
Agendas & Minutes
PV Arts Board Overview
The PV Arts Board advises the Town Council concerning planning and display of art works in the Town Hall Complex. The Committee helps to create and sustain a cultural and artistic environment which encourages local artists, collectors, and gallery owners to participate in educational and exhibition projects within the Town.
|Laura Paquelet-Carpinelli, Chair||April 2025|
|Phyllis Barbee||April 2024|
|Carol Brecker||April 2026|
|Kathy Duley||April 2026|
|Kim Kunasek||April 2026|
|Marianne Mallia||April 2024|
|Beth McRae||April 2026|
|Natalie Montenegrino||April 2026|
|Janie Russo||April 2024|
|Joe Sacco||April 2026|
|Colleen Steinberg||April 2026|
|Ellen Uhl||April 2026|
|Anna Thomasson, Council Liaison|