Leah Bartholomew’s artworks are an abstract representation of the beauty found in the landscape and life of her local environment, Northern NSW and the Gold Coast. Her work is created in direct response to the emotion evoked from living and interacting with the natural environment. Leah’s paintings are an optimistic, colourful vision of her home town that speaks of the energy and vibrancy which can be felt on any day. As part of her art practice, the ritual of daily walks play an integral part in forming the initial concept for her pieces. After taking in the atmosphere of the day and observing the natural elements, she begins her work with mini torn paper collages which identify with the colours and mood from her surrounding space. These collages may represent the colours of the weather, or how the warmth of the rocks on the beach felt, or the blinding brightness of an electric blue sky. The colour palette is carefully chosen in response to this and the paper collages then inform the large scale paintings. Each day is different and her affinity with the landscape provides endless material to respond to. Leah’s work is easily recognisable by her clean, bold style with natural elements.