Sue Ellen R. Leys                                                                    My hobbies include snorkeling & singing with local bands      

Sue Ellen R. Leys                                                                 

My hobbies include snorkeling & singing with local bands




My narrative representational paintings are inspired by my candid snapshots of people celebrating art, music, & style at events I enjoy attending, where elements of retro style intersect with moments of modern technology. 

One of my oil paintings (which often depict individuals in architectural settings) in the VACNJ International Juried Show (juried by Thelma Golden) is described by William Zimmer (The New York Times, April 7,1996) as "a low key celebration of the contemporary world, ...representational painting (being) the most alluring in this show." 

Since 2003 I am also working in the encaustic medium, which  lends itself to studies in light, movement, & layers of mystery. It is an ancient process-oriented method of painting with heated and fused pigmented beeswax. Last year my encaustic work was included in a “Bay Area Figurative” juried show and catalogue curated by John Seed in California: “Honoring the Legacy of David Park” at Santa Clara University. 

I grew up in Westfield, NJ and  Memphis, TN, with a background in the arts. A BFA from Washington University in St. Louis led to a career in fashion design, styling, and costume design for theatre in L.A., NYC, & the UK. I currently reside in New Jersey, and have shown work in over two dozen New Jersey solo and group show, including Drawing Rooms’ “The Big Small Show”, Johnson & Johnson’s New Jersey Artist Solo Series, The Tenth Muse Gallery, Nabisco Gallery, Open Orange,The Gallery at Morris Arts, the Maplewood Library,  and the first two years of the Artists Studio Tour of Maplewood/South Orange.