Leslie is primarily known as a prolific Plein Air painter. Recently, she is receiving accolades for her larger “Abstracted” studio works.
She studied at the Art Students League Denver with Mark Daily, Kim English, Quang Ho, Emanuel Martinez, Jay Moore, Dale Chisman and others.
Over her thirty year career she has been awarded two “Best of Shows”, “Best Impressionistic Painting”, several Honorable Mentions, 1st Places, and Awards of Merit. She has been invited to show at the 2014 Colorado Governor’s Show. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art, Wildlife Art and hung at DIA and the Colorado State Capitol. Her images are in the Hilton Hotel in Omaha, and the Aspen Grand and Milwaukee Hyatt.
Leslie is a member of PAAC (Founder/Emeritus), WAOW (Emeritus), and OPA and IPAP (Associate). Her work is in collections across the US and Canada, South America, England, Australia, and Germany.
Leslie is now working on her eighth Solo Show, in September/October 2014.
“The freshness and spontaneity of a Plein air painting, the feelings I’m experiencing at that moment, the vibrant colour and the dynamic brushstrokes; that’s what my paintings are all about. The landscape is what excites me; it is my muse.
I love exploring in the studio, taking a Plein air sketch and ‘pushing it’ to the abstract. Sometimes a painting speaks to me and tells me where it wants to go and it practically paints itself. For others it is a push and pull exercise and it takes several versions to get to the abstract. I either love it or hate it but the process is wonderful!”