The Red Teapot 16 x 12 Oil $1,800
Manhattan 14 x 9 Oil $1,650
Rite of Spring 16 x 12 Oil $1,800
Into the Sun 12 x 10 Oil $1,500
Smug 12 x 9 Oil $1,500
Putting On the Ritz 14 x 11 Oil $1,750
Hairdo 12 x 9 Oil $1,500
Gaze Beyond 14 x 11 Oil $1,750
Tell Me More! 12 x 9 Oil $1,600
Sister Celebration 12 x 16 Oil $1,400
Lounging Midday 11 x 14 Oil $1,750
Ruminate 11 x 14 Oil $1,750
Dancing The Night Away 26 x 30 Oil $3,900
Daydreamers 24 x 24 Oil $3,000
The subjects in Leslie’s works are modern men and women gazing off into private thoughts. Their faces reveal subtle attitudes, charm and vanities, always unaware of the viewer. Color and tones are muted and vague, hinting of a time gone by. Her subjects often flow off the borders of the canvas creating a feeling of intimacy as the observer is drawn in close. Forms are carved out with intense, exaggerated dark and light values. “Neutrals” are often strange unexpected colors giving a contrasting tone to the skin. Her brush strokes are allowed to be thick, buttery and honest.
“I choose to keep my palette minimal,” says Leslie, “keeping the focus on design and value. The muted combinations of hues that can be found in Asian art are key.” In the last six years, she has concentrated on design in the Japanese tradition, giving herself freedom to create and invent more abstract subjects.
She started painting early in life. After earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree and then teaching credentials in elementary and secondary visual arts, she taught art in schools, museums and privately. Later she raised two sons while working part time as an interior designer. It was at this juncture that she decided to pursue her life long dream of painting the figure, and she decided to dive back into her studies by taking a series of intensive workshops with several renowned contemporary painters including Ron Lucas, Del Gish, Milt Kobayashi, Kim English, David Leffel, and Peggy Kroll Roberts. Today her work is shown in four major galleries and she has developed a nationwide following. She and her husband currently live in Arizona.