Gaye Leanne was born April 1971 and raised in Sydney’s Northern Beaches to a creative family.
Attending Freshwater High School, in 1984 one of her artworks was chosen to be inclluded at Wollongong University “Young Artists of Promise” exhibition. She then carried on with visual art into the next 2 years.
Due to daily bullying which caused a lot of emotional stress, art became even more important as a mode of healing. However, after discouraging advice from a careers advisor, Gaye left school in 1986 and decided not to pursue further education in the arts, instead following a different career path.
In 1995 she moved to San Diego USA for 18 months, exploring photography and using it to inspire her art. Returning to Sydney in 1997, Gaye started her own business and ran it until the birth of her first child in 2000, who was later diagnosed with autism. She also relocated at this time to the Central Coast NSW.
In 2014 Gaye’s father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and this was the most defining moment for her. Losing her father and seeing him not get to realise his own dreams, she decided to dedicate her attention full time to art.
In November 2014 she entered works into a group exhibition for the first time with other local artists both emerging and established. Then continuing to enter works into the Small Works Art Prize, Gosford December 2014; Choose Yourself Exhibition, Entrance, May 2015; “Love” and “Wanderlust” Exhibitions, Kincumber, 2015; 8 by 10 Exhibition, Newcastle, January 2016; Threatened Species of the Otway Ranges Exhibition, VIC, July 2016 – January 2017; Sydney Royal Easter Show Art Competition 2017; RAW Artists Newcastle, 2017/18; Lakes Festival Art Prize 2017; CCRS Art Competition 2019; Dobell Festival Art Competition 2019.Gaye now facilitates children’s art classes in Morisset encouraging young people to follow their artistic dream.
Works in various mediums – pencil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel. Subject matter mostly reflects nature; local wildlife and flora.