After being awarded a scholarship to the National Art School, Leonora graduated with a Diploma of Painting in 1960. At that time art students studied the traditional forms of pictorial expression including portraiture, life, still life, tempera painting, composition, design, and sculpture – all with an emphasis on drawing. Towards the end of the course students were introduced to abstract painting with John Olsen.
After graduating she was employed as a secondary school art teacher for five years before leaving for a prolonged period of travel overseas. Upon her return to Australia, she worked as the Information Officer at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and in 1980, she and her partner launched a very successful stained glass business whose commissions have included windows for St Francis in Paddington and Sydney Grammar.
Since graduating from art school, Leonora has exhibited her work regularly in Australian private and Regional galleries (12 solo exhibitions); overseas in India, U.S.A, Hungary, Korea, and her work is held in numerous public and private collections including the National Archives Canberra. Her commissioned designs include the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Australian postage stamp for International Womens Year (1975). Her life and work have been reviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald , Art Monthly and Kalimat Literary Magazine.
Although Leonora has been mainly an abstract painter her lifelong interest in all things of the sea side and the interaction of sea and land life activities make belonging to ASMA a natural extension of her painting. She is also a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute and the Australian Society of Miniature Art.
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