Sara J. Leadholm

St. Peter, Minnesota


“Currently, I’m a pleine aire painter of rural Minnesota and areas along the Pacific coast.  I have been a student of Joe Paquet, a pleine aire landscape painter who taught me a chromatic color palette and the beginnings of how to see and then paint nature, as light  hits form to canvas.

From there it has been just practicing, trying to get a simplified image to sit calmly on the surface. Painting and practicing and painting and practicing some more...  A learning process at best.

I have been an art director in New York City for advertising, and I have been an art teacher in the public schools of Minnesota,  but it  is now that I can go to a more relaxed place with my life and make art.”