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Leslie is a contemporary oil and acrylic painter. She creates images of her experiences skiing, hiking and biking in the Rocky Mountains.

Her series Art of the Backcountry is about her explorations in the 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. “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 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 

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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

  • 22nd Annual Plein Air Artists Colorado National Show Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango, CO October 5 – 28, 2018
  • My Summer Vacation, Solo landscape 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
  • 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

Where to See My Work

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

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