The inspiration for Victor Leger's painting is the thrill of thoroughly studying how to paint the light cascading across a hay field, or changing from moment to moment on the ripples of water in a lake. He loves the challenge of trying to recreate as accurately as possible the natural beauty of light in the environment. Victor says, “I think when people see a beautifully painted landscape they intuitively feel they are seeing in a way that is precious and new. They notice a radiance ordinarily overlooked.”
Victor has been painting since high school. He devotes a good portion of his time to plein air oil painting entirely on site. He paints in a variety of sizes; he paints on panel in order to get a higher definition in detail. The landscape he prefers to paint is the one right around his house and studio--Winchester Lake and the surrounding Litchfield County--the rural vistas of Connecticut. After purchasing a second home on the coast of Maine, he has expanded his range to include the Maine coast as well as the spacious Southwest; he has won awards done from these areas.
His desire to capture the contrast of aerial perspective of deep space and the high detail in the environment up close is what makes the work stand out, especially in the larger paintings. “I want the viewers to get the sense that they are right there in the environment, that the painting is like a window on a wall opening into nature.”
During his high school years in Hartford Victor was fortunate to attend art classes everyday at the Wadsworth Atheneum, under the tutelage of artist Peter Waite. Following this experience, he entered his first year at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with a full scholarship as a painting major. After five semesters he decided to try a different art school, and finished his Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984.
Currently Victor is a member of the International Guild of Realism. He has won various national and international awards and his works are in private and public collections across the US and Canada. He has displayed in ten American museums in a show titled, “The New Reality, Realism in the 21st Century”.
He lives in the house that his wife, MaryPat and he designed and built in 1988. Together they have raised three wonderful children and they are now enjoying their six grandchildren. He currently teaches art at the secondary level in the Torrington School District where he has been honored as Torrington's Teacher of the Year for 2010 as well as Secondary Art Educator for the State of Connecticut in 2015.
Jim began painting as a teenager and eventually studied design and color theory at the University of Connecticut. Over time he formed a lasting interest in painting landscapes, and particularly enjoys working on-site, or “en plein air”. Through workshops and self-study, Jim has cultivated a unique representational painting style that balances the impressionists influence with contemporary subject matter. His expressive application of paint, married with a keen eye for classic New England scenes, charms the viewer and truly makes his work unique.
Jim constructs frames for all of his paintings. The frames, which are made out of reclaimed wood material, fashion a rustic window into each piece, subtly complimenting his work. A brief write-up of Jim’s approach to painting and framing was featured in Plein-Air magazines’ Jan 2018 issue.
Jim’s paintings are in numerous private collections. He exhibits in galleries and competitive events throughout the Northeast, most recently placing 3rd in the N.E. Landscape invitational (Lyme Art Association – Sept 2017), as well as receiving an honorable mention at the 2017 Hudson Valley Plein air competition held in October.
Jim is a recently “Elected” member of the Lyme Art Association, and his work is frequently displayed there. He is also represented by the Art Gallery at Shutterspeed in Middlebury, CT, and by Devon House Gallery in Old Saybrook, CT. Jim does periodic demos and workshops regionally, and posts upcoming events and recent work on his web page: www.jimlaurino.com.
Jim lives with his wife and family in Burlington, Connecticut, and maintains his studio there as well.