Saman Leema Pereira - Extraordinary Versatility
Leema Pereira is inspired to paint by the beautiful natural surroundings
of her home in the village of Medawathugoda. She says the surroundings
of coconut trees, paddy fields, jack fruit trees and the river gives her
serenity and enables her to be creative. She explains that no one in
particular influenced or encouraged her to paint, and when her children
started schooling she found plenty of time to paint.
She likes painting on glass and all the designs for glass paint are
her own, and she has a collection of designs based on different themes
She uses different brushes and glass paint outliner with vibrant
colours. She first draws a design on paper and then she draws the design
on glass using the glass paint out liner which gives a stained glass
Saman Leema also draws figures and landscapes because she comes
across a wide range of natural scenes in her surroundings. She uses
media such as water colour, acrylic, oil on canvas and pencil and also
does mosaic art and handmade greeting cards.
The artist spent her formative years of her childhood with her
siblings in archaeological sites in Sri Lanka because her father was an
archaeologist who worked in Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa,
Anuradhapura, Yapahuwa and many other historical sites. She remembers
holding her father's hand while climbing Sigiriya for the first time and
walking with him through the jungles of Sigiriya.
Her father would describe the ancient sites he worked in and that
developed her love for art. She studied in the Kuliyapitiya Convent, and
then moved to Colombo and studied at Lindsay school in Bambalapitiya.
After completing her schooling, she joined Lankadeepa as a journalist
for a few years.
Saman Leema has held two exhibitions at the Sri Lanka National Art
Gallery and has a gallery at home.