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Leslie is a contemporary painter working in both oils and acrylics. She creates images of her experiences skiing, hiking, biking and traveling in the Rocky Mountains and the West.

Her award-winning series Art of the Backcountry is about her explorations in the mountains and the power of these wild places. The series arose from her background as a landscape painter but is crafted in a more expressive, contemporary style. “My landscapes are not idealized versions of pristine places. They’re intentionally expressive to tell the story of the human experience in these places. We ski these mountains, climb these cliffs, snowmobile on the snowy slopes. That affects the landscape and it, in turn, affects us. I’m interested in this complicated relationship we have the wild places we love.”

Leslie supports Protect Our Winters 

She also leads Connexion Creative, a graphic design firm.

She lives with her husband Ron Salerno in Salida, CO and works from her studios in Salida and in Denver’s River North (RiNo) Art District. Her work can be seen at galleries in Denver; Louisville, CO; Salida, CO and Jackson, WY.


Check out Leslie’s Art Store 

Curriculum Vitae

  • Currently: Fine Artist with studios at GRACe Studios, Denver and Salida, CO
  • Owner, Connexion Creative, graphic design firm 2001-present
  • VP, Communications, AIGA Colorado Board of Directors 2014-2016
  • Student at Art Students League of Denver, 1989-93, 2015-2017
  • Studied with: Dale Chisman, Jeff Wenzel, Jordan Wolfson, Quang Ho, Karen Roehl, Doug Dawson, John Lencicki, Rob Gratiot, Bill Starke
  • Metro State University, Colorado, Painting I, II, III, IV. Studied with Andrew Speer, Carlos Fresquez
  • Art Director at Unidata, Ardent and Informix Software
  • Information Graphic Artist at U.S. News & World Report and The Denver Post
  • University of Central Florida, BA in Graphic Design, Minors in Journalism & Public Relations. Studied drawing with Robert Rivers.


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Exhibitions & Associations

  • 22nd Annual Plein Air Artists Colorado National Show Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango, CO October 5 – 28, 2018. Allen Award Winner
  • Hikes & Bikes, solo show CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO August  24 – Sept 9, 2018
  • Georgetown Inaugural Plein Air Festival, Georgetown, CO  Aug. 11-26, 2018
  • Creative Capital Show, Colorado State Capital, Denver, CO June-Sept 2018
  • Artists Invitational, Creative Framing Gallery, Louisville, CO Feb 2018. People’s Choice Award Winner.
  • Winter Eclectic, Artwork Network, 878 Santa Fe Drive, Denver , Dec 1 2017 – Jan 29 2018
  • 34th Annual All Colorado Art Show, Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village, CO, Oct-Dec 2017.
  • OTHERSIDE, Two-woman exhibit at GRACe Studios Gallery, Denver, CO July 2017
  • Solo Exhibit, Studio 3, Lafayette, CO June, 2017
  • Summer Art Market, Art Students League, Denver CO, June 2017 WINNER: Best Booth Presentation
  • Resident Artists First Friday Shows, GRACe Studios, Denver, CO ongoing, 2017, 2018
  • Fall Group Show, Creative Framing Gallery, Louisville, CO Sept-Oct 2016
  • 99 Pieces of Art on the Wall, VSA Colorado’s ACCESS Gallery fundraiser, Denver, Sept 2016, 2018
  • 33rd Annual All Colorado Art Show, Curtis Center for the Arts, July 2016.
  • Expansiveness, Solo Exhibit, aBuzz Gallery, Denver, May 2016
  • Five Voices/Five Visions group show, aBuzz Gallery, Denver, March 2015
  • Resident Artist, Globeville Riverfront Art Center (GRACe)
  • Member Artist, RiNo Art District
  • Member Artist, Louisville Arts District
  • Member Artist, Plein Air Artists Colorado
  • Member Artist, Artwork Network
  • Member, Salida Council for the Arts
  • Member, Salida Creative District

Where to See My Work

  • My Art Store on Square featuring original paintings
  • Online Print Store on FaceBook with prints by Fine Art America
  • RiNo Made Store at Zeppelin Station, Denver, CO
  • 307 Jackson in Jackson, WY
  • Four Winds Gallery in Salida, CO
  • Custom painting commissions available.

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