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    Artist Alan Leach



Alan Leach grew up in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from Portland State University, he entered a career in advertising and marketing in 1980. At this point in his career, his focus has returned to fine art, and he currently resides and finds great inspiration in the environment of the Pacific Northwest.


I am fascinated by the phenomena by which an artistic expression becomes magic. Every person is drawn by this visual magic, regardless of individual background, or artistic ability; and drawn in, in spite of themselves, by a magnetism beyond culture that can truly feed the soul (I've seen people come back to a gallery again and again, for instance, to visit a piece of art) And the irony is that this aesthetic connection happens if for no other reason than because that person simply knows what they like.

Art is complicated. More complicated still, is the visual aspect itself: the idea that art is only understood and appreciated visually-- intuitively. Artists themselves are enticed by a gift, and through the potentials of that gift, produce new ways to express themselves. The artist envisions the invisible; sees the unseen; improvises; experiences the inner through the outer. The art speaks to the audience with no words; like the Buddha, simply holding up a flower.

For me, the most compelling experience happens when the magic happens. That's when concept, materials, symbols, advancing technique, (and possibly a spontaneous, genius stroke), come together to create the Wow! factor. Like the gratification when the gem-cutter cuts the perfect stone. Or the exhilaration of the mountain climber beholding a breath-taking vista. Or the athlete winning the game for his team in the final seconds. Art can be a powerful form of stimulating inspiration.

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