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Leslie’s work is about her experiences in the natural world. She uses combinations of media and surfaces to push her own boundaries of design, color and texture. She paints en plein air (outside on location) when she can and creates her larger works in her Denver studio.

Her award-winning series Art of the Backcountry is about her experiences in the Rocky Mountains and the power of these wild places. The series comes from her background as a landscape painter but is crafted in a more expressive, contemporary style.

She also works as a graphic designer, creating designs for print and web.

She lives with her husband Ron in Broomfield, CO and has a studio in Denver’s River North (RiNo) Art District. Her work can be seen at galleries in Denver and Louisville, CO.

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Curriculum Vitae

  • Fine Artist: GRACe Studios, Denver
  • Owner, Connexion Creative, graphic design 2001-present
  • VP, Communications, AIGA Colorado Board of Directors 2014-2016
  • Art Students League of Denver, student since 1989
  • 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.

Exhibitions & Associations

  • Artists Invitational, Creative Framing Gallery, Louisville, CO Feb 2018. WINNTER: People’s Choice Award.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Online Art Store on FaceBook with prints by Fine Art America
  • Online Art Store on Square featuring original paintings

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