Seated Woman with Scarf

During the Renaissance, drawing was considered the foundation of the visual arts. Contemporary art historian, Kenneth Clark, wrote, “It is often said that Leonardo drew so well because he knew about things; it is truer to say that he knew about things because he drew so well.” Leslie Adams attended the New York Academy of Art because she shared the Academy’s belief that “the world of visual art is built upon the essential cornerstones of figurative drawing, painting, and sculpture.” This elegant yet sensuous drawing reflects Adams’ classical academic training, her thorough knowledge of anatomy, and her continued interest in portraying the grace and dignity of the human form. The drawing was first exhibited Focus on the Figure at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan and was recently awarded Honorable Mention in the Portrait Society of America’s 2011 Members Only Competition.


Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan, Focus on the Figure


Honorable Mention, Members Only Competition, Portrait Society of America, 2011