Lesley A. Powell/Art in the Catskills

Art in The Catskills by Simona David

…painter Lesley A. Powell will be showing at their studios located at 993 Main Street in Fleischmanns.

Stairs to the Reservoir
Stairs to the Reservoir

Stairs to the Reservoir, 14″ x 10″, watercolor, 2015 by Lesley A. Powell. Contributed photo.

“The canvas is now my stage,” says multi-disciplinary artist Lesley A. Powell. Since childhood, Powell has been attracted to non-verbal means of artistic expression whether be dancing or painting. As a choreographer, her interest revolves around the dancer’s ability to change the performance space, working under the influence of German expressionist dancer Rudolf Laban. Over her decade-long career, Powell has produced numerous shows for whom she designed anything from costumes to posters, brochures, and playbills.

Pond O'Catskills
Pond O’Catskills

Pond O’Catskills,  24″ x 18″, oil painting, 2016 by Lesley A. Powell. Contributed photo.

As a visual artist, Powell focuses on human anatomy and body movement to depict either dance or circus scenes as well as nudes. She is drawn however to a broad range of media and thematics. Watercolors are prone for still life because of the pace required to do the work, she explains, whereas oil paintings allow for more creativity and give the artist more time for reflection and revision. The tone, the feeling and the expression, Powell adds, are also different in oil compared to watercolor. When working in watercolor, the artist uses a more subdued color palette given the spontaneity of the medium, whereas in oil she prefers bolder and richer colors.

Published by Lesley A. Powell

Lesley Powell received a BFA-Dance from Temple University in 1978. She choreographed her own work and presented throughout the tri-state. Lesley was on the faculty of Drew University from 1991-2001, teaching classes in modern dance, dance history and choreography. She has been a teacher at Dr. Bacharach’s Osteopathic Center for Sports and Dance Medicine and JRW, and a physical therapy practice using Pilates for rehabilitation. She received a certificate in the Franklin Method March 2007. Lesley has been training Pilates teachers since 1999 first with the PhysicalMind Institure and now Balanced Body. She is now faculty for Balanced Body University, a Pilates Certification program, since 2007. Lesley continues to teach at Movements Afoot as well as guest lecturer internationally sharing her expertise on the body and fitness.

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