Weir Farm National Historic Site\u2019s current artist in residence, Benisse Lester, has found over the last three weeks she\u2019s a kindred spirit with Julian Alden Weir, the farm\u2019s namesake. Largely inspired by organic form and saturated natural colors, Ms. Lester said her approach to rendering follows that of Mr. Weir. \u201cWeir is a man I can really relate to. He was a man with a lot of integrity, there are no gimmicks in his work,\u201d she said Thursday. \u201cHe painted straight up. He painted what he saw, and what he felt. There was no trickery or sleight of hand.\u201d \u201cI mainly do not do abstract work,\u201d Ms. Lester said, focusing on real subjects instead in the same style as Mr. Weir. \u201cI enjoy what I see so much that it\u2019s a privilege and a joy to capture the moment.\u201d Ms. Lester will give a presentation on her work, history, and methods at Wilton Library on Monday, Jan. 26, and will also display finished and just-about-finished works from Weir Farm the same day. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. at the Brubeck Room, in the library. A resident of both Washington D.C. and New York City, Ms. Lester has a range of experience in the art world, and is known for portraiture as well as plein painting in oil, watercolors, and egg temperas. In addition to producing landscapes, her portraiture draws on classical techniques paired with \u201ccontemporary energy,\u201d she says. \u201cYou have to get to know your subject. Then you can sit and think and render,\u201d she said. \u201cAt the end of the day, you\u2019re just putting paint on a canvas. You\u2019re translating what you\u2019re seeing. But, like words are just words before a writer uses them, a painter has to put something together as a craft and as an art.\u201d For information on Ms. Lester\u2019s portrait commissions, or art sales, send her an email at BL2026@gmail.com.