Oil painting on canvas by M. LeakeThis oil painting was the start of a series on the rising political stress . I call it my Tension Series.The canary on the gas can an indicator as to when it's time to pack it up and head to safety. Oranges are…
Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.This painting illustrates Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes. The blue and white design symbolize the royal line of David (As tradition , The Yirstborn lamb was swaddled by shepherds to lie in a…
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Artist / Personal Statement
My grandfather signed his paintings with an E. Leake.
Mine are signed with M. Leake.
I studied Graphic Art in college but I started much earlier as an artist. Mom and Dad gave me art classes outside of school when I was about 10. I remember my hands sweating and I was so nervous as a child to be a part of an adult studio class. I must have been a sight. My Aunt Betty made me an artist smock out of calico print with a wide collar and bow at the neck. Mom gave me a wooden artist box for oils and painted it black and put my initials in 3' gold plastic stick- ons!
I survived the fan fare that announced to the world that I was an artist. I am now an almost grown woman with the weight of mortality and not having enough hours in the day to paint. I am loving painting and creating, networking and expanding my reach. I have joined forces with a group to paint theater sets and design for Valor Christian High School, I represent my art in a local gallery, illustrate books, and create commissioned works. Through it all God has chosen to commune with a struggling artist to reveal the wonder of it all.
Maryann Leake is married to her muse Mark Baisley.
I still have that black artist box for my oils.
Accomplishments / CV
Several areas of interest are painted within Leake’s studio: Still-life, Landscapes, Waterscapes, in watercolors, oils, and acrylics.
The artist started early with a class in pastels. After high school she attended Arizona State University’s Fine Arts College for design and worked within the field as a graphic artist for several years.
Leake owned an art company that exhibited in the greater Denver area, representing over 60 Colorado artists.
She is a Signature Member and past vice president of The Colorado Watercolor Society.
Grumbacher awarded her a silver medal for her watercolors. Maryann served as curator and exhibited her art for Colorado Junior Symphony Guild Galleries, gathering professional artists locally to exhibit and sell their art in the Showcase Homes.
Maryann managed the art for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District office for ongoing
exhibits and juried the district’s high school fine arts annual shows, awarding
collage scholarships to young artists. She is a member of the The Roxborough Arts Council and sat on the board of The Art Committee of Roxborough Park Foundation. Combining her fine arts talent and graphic design background, Leake is illustrating books.
Valor Christian High School has Maryann teaching workshops in Theater Tech and designing /painting theater sets and events.
Her new venture is teaching the history of Impressionism and challenging her groups to paint like a Master.
At Cherry Hills Community Church, Maryann has been on board with the Mission team to create huge visual projects expanding their reach into the world. The Book of Luke included in her portfolio is one of the projects.
Her art can be found in institutions and private collections.