Artist Completes La Jolla House Portrait Series
Thursday, December 17th, 2015
Architectural artist Leisa Collins finished the first phase of a series of original pen-and-watercolor architectural portraits featuring houses she loves in La Jolla.
Collins is working to publish a coffeetable book that will include her favorite La Jolla homes along with an array of paintings depicting homes and diverse architectural styles across all 50 U.S. States.
“The contemporary coastal community and artistic personality of La Jolla is so inviting,” Collins said. “I’ve created paintings of homes covering more than 12 different architectural styles so far, and that’s what I find so fascinating about this area.”
A native of New Zealand, Leisa first began drawing and painting local historical homes in her hometown of Auckland. Since that time she has traveled extensively across the globe, and art, architectural beauty and diversity have always been her inspiration. She has accumulated a portfolio of 1500 portraits of homes and historic buildings in 43 states.
In 2013, Leisa launched her Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Award as a way to recognize outstanding individuals who have been instrumental in preserving the historic buildings of their area. Teaming up with local historic societies and city officials, she has presented her award — an original framed painting of the awardee’s restoration project — to individuals across the country.