March 2010 Issue
Christopher Leeper shares some of his favorite paintings.
As the featured artist in the March issue of Ohio Magazine
, Christopher Leeper discussed his compulsion to capture the everyday — fleeting moments that are common, yet full of grace and beauty. He finds inspiration in a ray of light, a shadowed ground, a gentle landscape and a scene of relaxation: images that, when transferred to canvas, exude a sense of tranquility and peace. We asked the artist to share his favorite pieces from his substantial body of work.
Napping Kathy: “An acrylic of my wife sleeping under a quilt. A special time right before our first son was born.”
Garden’s End: “An acrylic painting of our garden at the end of the season. There is visual beauty in this ragged garden. Weeds have taken over and the corn and a few tomatoes are all that is left. I think I came close to capturing the soft morning light that inspired the painting.”
A Road Less Traveled: “This oil painting really captures our winter. The scene is Lodge Road in Columbiana County, but it could be anywhere in rural Ohio. I like the sense of stillness and atmosphere.”
“One of the first paintings of what would become a recurring theme in my painting — the backlit woodland. I have painted this sort of scene over and over and still find great excitement in trying to capture the filtered, warm light and deep shadows.”
Bloom: “This is a painting of my youngest son, Brian. In a way, it is also a self-portrait. I was thinking of my own youth growing up in rural Pennsylvania. There is a mix of melancholy, nostalgia and beauty. It was a difficult painting.”