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Leslie paints her experiences skiing, hiking and biking in the Rocky Mountains and the West.

Her award-winning series Art of the Backcountry is about her mountain explorations 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.”

Her new bike series reflects the thriving bicycle culture in Colorado and particularly in her new hometown of Salida. It’s also about her own love of bikes as both transportation and a way of life.

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. Her work has been featured in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine and on the cover of Colorado Central.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Fine Artist with studios in Denver and Salida, CO
  • Owner, Leslie Jorgensen Design, LLC, graphic design firm since 2001
  • VP, Communications, AIGA Colorado Board of Directors 2014-2016
  • Student at Art Students League of Denver, 1990-93, 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
  • Infographic Artist at U.S. News & World Report 1989-90
  • Infographic Artist at The Denver Post 1990-92
  • University of Central Florida, BA in Graphic Design, Minors in Journalism & Public Relations. Studied drawing with Robert Rivers.

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  • Art of the Backcountry solo exhibit at Coldwell Banker Realty, Salida, CO Jan 9 – Mar 29
  • Large Bikes on Canvas with Andrew Speer’s New Works on Paper, GRACe Gallery, Feb 7 – 24
  • Two Woman Show with Gail Franke at Pinon Realty, Salida, CO May – Aug
  • Group show at Creative Framing Gallery, Louisville, CO Sept 6 – Oct 25
  • Salida Studio Tour, Salida CO, Sept 28-29


  • Artists Invitational, Creative Framing Gallery, Louisville, CO Feb 2018. People’s Choice Award.
  • Creative Capital Show, Colorado State Capital, Denver, CO June-Sept 2018
  • Georgetown Inaugural Plein Air Festival, Georgetown, CO  Aug. 11-26, 2018
  • Hikes & Bikes, solo show CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO August  24 – Sept 9, 2018
  • 99 Pieces of Art on the Wall, VSA Colorado’s ACCESS Gallery fundraiser, Denver, Sept 2016, 2018
  • 22nd Annual Plein Air Artists Colorado National Show Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango, CO October 5 – 28, 2018. Allen Award Winner
  • National Western Stock Show: Young Guns Dec, 13, 2018


  • Summer Art Market, Art Students League, Denver CO, June 2017 WINNER: Best Booth Presentation
  • Solo Exhibit, Studio 3, Lafayette, CO June, 2017
  • OTHERSIDE, Two-woman exhibit at GRACe Studios Gallery, Denver, CO July 2017
  • 34th Annual All Colorado Art Show, Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village, CO, Oct-Dec 2017.
  • Winter Eclectic, Artwork Network, 878 Santa Fe Drive, Denver , Dec 1 2017 – Jan 29 2018


  • Expansiveness, Solo Exhibit, aBuzz Gallery, Denver, May 2016
  • 33rd Annual All Colorado Art Show, Curtis Center for the Arts, July 2016.
  • 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


  • Five Voices/Five Visions group show, aBuzz Gallery, Denver, March 2015



Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Artist Profile, Nov/Dec 2018 issue
Colorado Central Magazine, Cover Art, Artist Profile, Jan/Fab 2019 issue

Where to See My Work

  • My Art Store on Square featuring original paintings
  • RiNo Made Store at Zeppelin Station, Denver, CO
  • 307 Jackson in Jackson, WY
  • Commissions welcome

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