Leisa Shannon Corbett is a figurative and abstract painter with a passion for creating psychological and spiritual depth in her work. Her recent portraits explore the close bonds between humans and their animals. In some of her earlier work, animals stand in for humans.
She has an abiding interesting in exploring space as inspiration for creative reverie. Sometimes her explorations take the form of large geometric abstractions that suggest urban architectural space. The abstract paintings were inspired in part from living in a walled city (Berlin, Germany) for 12 years. The more recent influence downtown Chicago architecture has inspired her to do a new series of abstract paintings
Living among the prairie and wetlands of Northern Illinois during the past few years has inspired Leisa to try naturalistic landscapes in oil for the first time. She hopes the paintings reveal the joy, wonder, and peace she feels living in the Midwest.
Leisa was born in Saint Louis, Missouri. She earned a A.A degree in Art from St. Louis Community College. Eager to see world, she joined the U.S. Army and was accepted into Military Intelligence. She trained as a German linguist. She served eight years in the military, married Bill Corbett, and moved to Germany. In Berlin, Leisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, then exhibited and sold her paintings in local galleries. In Germany, she ran a business conducting tours of Berlin art museums for English speakers.
After her husband died in Berlin, Leisa returned to the United States. In 2000, she graduated from Vermont College of the Fine Arts with an MFA in Visual Art and worked three years for Golden Artists Colors teaching workshops and giving technical lectures. From 2001-2006, she taught art history, art appreciation, drawing and painting at North Lake College in Irving, Texas and Collin County Community College in Plano and Frisco, Texas. She exhibited her work in commercial and university galleries and juried exhibitions in Europe and the United States.
In 2001, she won the Raucus Science Club Award at the Art in the Metroplex Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2005 she won a ribbon in the Colored Pencil Society of America’s Finer Points Exhibition in Irving, Texas. Leisa has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty at North Lake College for 2005-2006. The Excellence in Teaching Award is a competitive award bestowed by the faculty of North Lake to the best adjunct professor of the year.
Since moving to northern Illinois, she has served as President and later Program Director of the Lake County Art League. She is a member of the Dandelion Gallery in Waukegan, Illinois www.dandeliongallery.org