About Artist 
Leanne Vassallo

Born into a family of artists and potters, I have had a ball of clay, pencil or brush in my hand for as long as I can remember.  Our family business ‘Hillcraft’  hosted international ceramic instructors and I gained certification to teach at the age of 15.

After completing TOP Arts in 1981 I had been accepted into RMIT Fine Art but was pulled back into the family business to teach and produce workbooks for porcelain dollmaking. China painting and porcelain arts were my focus for the next 25yrs.

In 2006 I rekindled my love of oil painting and began life drawing again. In 2008 I started portrait oil classes with Claude Ciccone , pastel & oil with Raelene Sharp as well as botanical watercolour with Jenny Phillips at The Botanical Art School of Melbourne.

My years of painting 3 dimensional faces has drawn me to specialize in children’s pastel portraits which have kept me constantly busy through commissions over the last 10 years.

I move between a variety of mediums depending upon the subject sometimes with a thread of a similar theme. I am currently inspired by the ever changing shapes and colour of nature. The way the light can alter the colour of a lotus leaf from blue green to lime. The shifting shimmer of a peacock feather and the structure of a butterfly wing when enlarged 100 times. I like to work from real life objects and never cease to be in awe of the patterns and rhythm that flows across every species on this planet.