About the Artist Leslie Murphy Cetingok
A native of Huntsville. Alabama Leslie completed her undergraduate studies at Auburn University, and her graduate studies at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She also studied Art and Graphic Design at UAB and Interior Design through the Inferior Design Institute, San Francisco. Leslie spent several years in New York, and she and her husband travel regularly to their home in Turkey, where she sources unique lighting, pottery. and textiles. Influences from her travels can be seen throughout her work. Her business, Design Art LLC, is a full-service design firm, which also allows her to pursue her passion for creating original works or art for clients. Her current works are mixed media on canvas.
The series on display at Palladio is entitled, “Water in its Various Forms.” Cetingok used various material including acrylics. metallic dusts. and epoxy to achieve the finished result. Many of her pieces have a liquid quality and organic natural strokes and movement achieved by dripping water. wiping and scraping away layers of the surface. and then adding on epoxy gloss coot for the final touch. Most of the works have neutral grey, soft blue and green tones and undertones with a predominately white background or foreground. Inspiration was mostly taken from the lakes and streams around he childhood family homes in the Huntsville Alabama area. Cetingok also departed from this palette to achieve a more colorful and bright segment of the series, the inspiration tor which was derived from various ocean and beach scenes in tropical locations visited by Cetingok, in particular the Maldives.