Thursday, April 19, 2012

Leone Erskine

Oil paintings

Ceramic Noah's Ark

Rug hooking

Giclée print of an oil painting

All art created by Leone Erskine

Leone Erskine was born in 1898 in Door County Wisconsin, and later became a school teacher in a one room school house in Door County. After raising three children, at the age of 62 Leone decided to pursue her passion and obtained a university degree in fine art under the teacher who inspired her work, Sister Thomasita. As well as a passion for art, Leone loved nature or "natural history" as she called it, and cared for the environment. Even though I only knew her for her last few years of her life, until she died at 103, Leone (my great-grandmother), and the stories my family tells me about her continue to inspire me. As I am trying to figure out my future, I feel a connection to her because of our similar interest in art and sustaining our environment. 

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