Art has been Leslie’s passion from a very young age.  She grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, near Haskell Indian College.   Leslie received her BS in Art Education from Emporia State University in Kansas and taught at all educational levels, including at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Southern Indian Pueblo Agency.  Not only has Leslie’s Native American ancestry and her love of bright colors influenced her paintings, but her understanding of Native and Latino cultures have impacted her work as well.  In fact, her move to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and its multi-cultural experiences have had a dramatic effect on her art sense.

After moving to Durango in 1993, Leslie took watercolor instruction from Barbara Tobin Klema for many years and furthered her watercolor techniques.  Recently, Leslie has been studying with Bob Canning, nationally renowned cowboy artist.  Leslie’s study under Canning has helped her focus on her desired subject matter and techniques in the use of acrylics.  This instruction includes the use of strong shadow and dramatic light to achieve the style she wants to accomplish in her paintings.

On a recent trip to Ajijic, Mexico, Leslie took many photographs of the architectural features and characteristics that developed over the centuries in this small Mexican village.  This has inspired her to combine the local architecture with dramatic shadows and bright colors in her acrylic paintings...with impressive results.  As an emerging artist, she is one to watch!


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