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Doyle Leek



artist statement


I create sensitive paintings that are a derivative of my precise left brain engineering background combined with the magic inherent in the imprecise mingling and flowing of watercolor.


During my 36 year career as a structural engineer, I broke down problems into their fundamentals to solve them, and created precise thorough engineering drawings where every nut and bolt were shown to scale.  I have retained this precision in many of my drawings and paintings, but have been able to gradually release some of my control and allow the pencil and brush to dance through my paintings and suggest shapes, figures and stories rather than accurately describe them.  I am constantly amazed how the most subtle changes of line weight or value or splashes of color that mingle and run, can be so descriptive.

I have taken watercolor workshops from nationally know watercolor artists, Ted Nuttall, Arne Westerman and Donna Zagota, and paint with James Kirk weekly.


I am active in the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and have been the WSO librarian for 5-years.  I have gotten numerous paintings in their bi-annual shows, and recently won "Best of Show" out of 300+ entries at the 2013 Fall show in Brookings, OR.  I am also active in the Corvallis Art Guild, and Vistas and Vineyards, and an associate member of the American Watercolor Society.  

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