"Ali Leja is a self-taught instinctual painter. As a former school counselor of 20 years, Ali guided her students based on intuition and verification. She applies the same concept to her paintings. She has a feeling of where a color or line should be, she places it on the canvas and then steps back to evaluate. Ali uses large loose brush strokes to create pieces that are abstract expressionistic in style. Ali uses several mediums such as acrylic, oil, pastel, ink, charcoal and pastels to create pieces that are unique in style and texture. Her marks are laid down in a quick fashion to keep each stroke fresh and clean."