My name is Leanne Larson. I am an Artist & Live Event Painter based out of Central Minnesota.
I grew up in the beautiful coastal Manning Valley Region in NSW, Australia.
After Highschool, I took on a Au Pair (Live in Nanny) position in upstate New York.
This journey is where I meet my husband Jerry, who was travelling and working on the East coast. A few years later, we were married and found ourselves settling down at his grandparents old farm place in Garfield, MN. Now three Kids later, I am living my best life being creative and capturing your special moments on canvas.
I love the outdoors, camping, traveling and beach trips. Our summers here in MN are short so I find myself outside as much as possible.
I am a fierce cat lover with four cats, (Xena, Socks, Oreo & Marshmallow) and an Aussie Shepherd Mix named Storm.
We live in an remodelled old School house in the country and keep some chickens and fend off the occasional racoon, skunk or coyote!
My very first Live Wedding Painting happened spontaneously graduation year Fall of 2012. (UMM) It was our friends wedding and Instead of a gift, I grabbed my paint box, easel, a canvas, and headed up to a friends wedding. During the reception, I began by covering the whole canvas a beautiful deep purple similar to the bridal party dresses. By the end of the night I had captured the head table and wedding bouquet! There was no doubt I was in my element! Since that day, I have thrived with painting live at many Wedding ceremonies, receptions, Parties & Fundraisers all throughout the US, Australia and the USVI.
My Style has evolved into a soft, romantic & impressionistic approach. I freely capture the energy and mood of each event by utilizing color, lights with fast painting techniques. I love to share my creative process as I connect with spectators and guests. By the end of each event, I will have a finished masterpiece to be cherished forever.
In addition to Painting Live at Weddings, I stay busy with creating commissioned portraits, landscapes, wedding bouquets & teaching painting classes.
When time permits, I continue to build my ongoing series I call Recollections. Recollections is a visual biography about my own experiences and feelings of my past and how i relate them in the present. My work is collected in both public and private collections in Arizona, Australia, throughout the Midwest and in two public collections at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
I hope to one day capture your special day or moment on canvas in which you will cherish for years to come.
Your Celebration deserves to be an original painting!
More Work + Recollections Series:
Photos by: Leah Cruikshank Photography
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”