Acrylic on aluminum panel

12" x 12"




Amid the chaos of life you encounter a bit of peace. It could be a face, a sunset, or someone’s overwhelming kindness, but it stops you in your tracks and a moment of equilibrium is achieved. A bit of your own identity melts into the experience. Providing these moments in paint is my goal as an artist.

Growing up in Los Angeles, I fell in love with the unique light you find in Southern California. So, I work to create a similar luminosity, an atmosphere you can breathe. I am interested in materiality and unique painting surfaces. I work to achieve dynamic rhythms that your eye can dance across. I seek to entice the viewer and have them centered in the moment.

Looking for tension and balance, contrasting colors and unique shapes, I add mixed media or scrape into the surface, using unique tools and brushes. I often dispense with brushes, and pour and toss the paint to achieve spontaneous results. I love the unexpected complexity these processes make. Unique materials require specific decision making, complicating the dynamics I balance across the surface. I want the very act of painting to mirror the experience of the viewer. The most exciting moment is when conflicting shapes and colors form serenity amid the chaos. This, I hope, reminds us we are alive. Moving, breathing, full of challenges in our lives, yet for a moment, we can stop and feel at one with the mystery of life.





Lesley Bodzy is a painter who lives in Houston and New York City. She is currently a 2021 MFA candidate at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Lesley is fascinated with luminosity and the interplay of light and color. Working with oil, acrylics, encaustic, resin and mixed media, she paints both abstract and representational art.

Lesley currently has work in shows at The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT and at Guild Hall in Easthampton, NY. Her work has been shown in New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Sonoma, and Los Angeles. Lesley has a BA from Mount Holyoke College and also studied Studio Art at Hunter College.

"Storm" Lesley Bodzy


    Emerge Gallery & Art Space

    228A Main Street, Saugerties, NY  (845) 247-7515

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