Artist’s Statement

Artist’s Statement by Leslie Cerier

When I take my camera into the woods, I feel my connection with the forest. It’s like meditating – a way to get back to my own true nature. The sun calls me to a particular spot and I click the shutter when I see that rich, afternoon light… dancing light. Most of these photographs are taken within walking distance of my Western Massachusetts home. They are a celebration of New England seen through the eye of my heart.

My work is about inspiration and healing – about being so present in the moment that everything vibrates and shines. These photographs are about sun light.

I see perfection in nature – patterns – artistic jewels that reveal themselves.

My grandmother painted copies of Impressionist paintings by Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Cezanne. Her apartment on the beach was decorated with her beautiful artwork and those paintings live inside of me.

My mother always encouraged me to be original and creative. When I was a little girl, I was given a camera instead of a paintbrush.

Like the Impressionists, I am passionate about light, water and landscapes.

My photography is a reflection of the peaceful energy I find in the woods. Living in the moment, I capture beauty as I click the shutter.

These images can be looked at from different angles. There is no one right way to explore them. Please relax, take your time, have fun. I invite you to look for faces and figures; there are jewels in the water.

When you buy my work, feel free to hang it any way you like. The creative process doesn’t end with Leslie Cerier!

I hope my impressionistic photography brings you great joy.

My background is varied, including a scholarship to the International Center for Photography in New York City, a Masters Degree in Movement Sciences and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, several years teaching and playing college sports, winning awards for black and white nature photography, published photographs of Meredith Monk and Simone Forti, and contact improvisation dancers. My unconventional training for photography is made up of life experiences. Athletics taught me quick reaction time, very important in capturing the moment on film. Dance improvisation and Body/Mind Centering taught me to look at things in all directions. Many of my photographs have no right side up, and can be hung from any direction. Please enjoy!

Please consider these images for a show in your gallery, or as Archival, Fine Art for Homes, Offices, Hotels, Spas, Restaurants, Collectors, Art Consultants, Feng Shui Consultants, The Design Trade, for inspiration, Healers, and others using the Healing Power of Water and helping others lead a positive and happy life!

Leslie Cerier’s impressionistic nature photography explores light, color, water, and reflection. Impressionistic, creative, wild, colorful, unique, I use my digital camera like a paintbrush.

Capturing the beauty of the woods and the natural light on moving water, the colors reflected in my photographs are genuine. “Being in the woods with my camera is a process of continually contacting source energy and letting my spirit guide me. Often I am called by sunlight, to a certain place to come and explore its energy.”

My background is varied, including a scholarship to the International Center for Photography in New York City, a Masters Degree in Movement Sciences and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, several years teaching sports at the college level, winning awards for black and white nature photography, published photographs of Meredith Monk and Simone Forti, and contact improvisation dancers.

Currently I am experiencing a renaissance of creativity and a return to photographing light and water reflections while maintaining a thriving career as a gourmet organic caterer, personal chef, cooking teacher, and cookbook author.

I return to photography when digital technology made it possible to avoid the use of toxic chemicals in image-making. “My unconventional training for photography is made up of life experiences. Athletics taught me quick reaction time, very important in capturing the moment on film. Studying movement sciences, contact improvisation and Body/Mind Centering taught me to look at things in all directions. Many of my photographs have no right side up, and can be hung from any direction.” Please enjoy!

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My Gallery is open by appointment, please email or call to arrange an appointment.

– Leslie Cerier

 

 

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