Doug & Eileen Leunig
Doug has a BFA in Photography from University of Iowa. Eileen, a BAS in Clothing and Textiles from Western Illinois University. As arts activists, the Leunigs founded Big Picture Initiative in 2018 to foster more public art in Central Illinois, greater arts education opportunities for children in community centers and summer programs, and an annual street and film festival.
Nearly 20 years ago, we turned our cameras to nature and have not looked away since. Nature feeds our souls as well as our bodies. We spend hours immersed in the small eddies in a river or the movement of trees along the roadside. In the modern world, nature is seen as something to control and overcome, a mega force to be shielded from. The practice of our art is the opposite of that. We concentrate on individual branches and droplets, the details, the nuances, and the invisible. Our art is a celebration of the essence of life. Choosing to live with nature as part of our daily life renews our spirit and washes off the grind of timetables. With mindfulness we see that nature is our life blood—endless, timeless, and ever changing.