Leonora Reilly is an Irish Contemporary Landscape Artist and a keen plein air artist. Leonora has always had a love of art from a young age though life took her on a different path, she has now found in recent years a way back to her love of creating colourful Irish landscapes and is now enjoying both representational and looser abstracted paintings. Leonora paints in oils and also uses acrylics with mixed media to create either in her home studio or painting en plein air.
Leonora Reilly is from Co Derry, Northern Ireland now living in Co Louth. There's no doubt living so close to the coast, has influenced her favour for coastal blues and rich teals in her paintings. Whether creating moody atmospheric paintings full of texture and depth using her favourite knife or painting for fun and applying collage, ink, stencils and other mark making tools, Leonora has a skill of transporting the viewer into the world on canvas.
Leonora has partaken as a Wild Card in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year shows, she was a Wild Cards in 2019 and 2022 - an the amazing experience on both occasions.
In Summer 2020, Leonora began her love of painting outdoors attending the week long Dublin Plein Air Art Festival. In August 2021, she organise her first major art event - the Louth Plein Air Art Festival - a one day plein air art event in Beaulieu Gardens, Drogheda where over 40 artists travelled to participate from local area and as far away as Roscommon and West Cork. In July 2022, it became a 2-day event with different locations in Co Louth.
The Louth Plein Air Art Festival has become a Finalist in the Northeast Business Excellence Awards with Drogheda & District Chamber. Leonora is now planning the 4th Festival in 2024 to take place in Drogheda and another TBC location in the North Louth area. The Festival has become a huge success for artists and will no doubt continue to be a regular event for all artists near and far.
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