June McLeavey

Some of my earliest memories involve making art. From the time that I attended Saturday classes as a child at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, I knew that art would dictate my path. I made the conscious decision to share my passion and received an undergraduate degree in Art Education from the University of Vermont. An additional graduate degree in special education laid the foundation for a lifelong career in public education. For several years in addition to teaching, I worked as a freelance craftsperson, and I became a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen. Teaching art remains my passion, and I am grateful every day to be inspired by young artists. Their artwork informs my own, and I hope that they would say the same. Over the past several years, I have begun to build a body of my own work. Most recently, I have taken classes at the Maine College of Art, Provincetown Arts Association and Museum, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Art New England in Bennington, Vermont.

The use of mixed media sharpens my creative edge. I am especially drawn to ephemera with a strong sense of history and a story to tell. Old letters and book pages, original calligraphy, eco prints from vegetation, and pieces of my monotypes all bring their own past to create a new present on the board or canvas. Themes of domesticity and nature are often evident in my work. Old family photographs, as well as sketches of natural forms and patterns, are often the inspiration for the images and symbols I draw or paint into my work to help unify the diverse elements. It is my hope that each viewer will nd in my work a story that resonates with his or her own.