“My first backcountry hut trip was a pivotal moment in my life and in my artistic direction.”

“My paintings are not intended to be literal interpretations of these places, but the way I feel when I experience them.”

Leslie grew up in Florida, but when she came to Denver for her first job, she fell in love with the mountains.

She quickly came to love skiing, taking full advantage of the resort areas in Colorado. But a few years ago, the call of the backcountry became irresistible, leading her to explore new mountain adventures on the road less travelled.

“I wanted to get farther into nature, away from the mechanical lifts and crowds,” says Leslie. “Before releasing ourselves into the wild, my husband and I took an AIARE AVI 1 avalanche training at Rocky Mountain National Park. We did a few hut trips, and we were hooked!”

A landscape painter for many years, Leslie quickly found her new passion taking over her art and something cool happened.

The mountains, the wind and the cold had become forces that demanded to be expressed through her work. “I love what the wild places have done to me and to my art,” says Leslie.

“This series reflects not just my journeys into the backcountry, but also the forces of nature and the wonder of something so infinitely greater than myself,” says Leslie, “The backcountry represents adventure, risk and a test of my own strength,” says Leslie. “In our overly-mechanized world, the fact that such large, wild, forceful places exist is both inspiring and comforting.”

Her new series is based on the bike culture in her new hometown of Salida, CO. “Bikes here are an artistic expression. They have a story. It’s been a great way to get to know a town.”

Salida Art Walk story
June 2019 issue

Artist Profile
Nov/Dec 2018 issue

Cover and Artist Profile
Jan/Feb 2019 issue

Represented in Summit Co by Portfolio Gallery
226 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO


  • Leslie Jorgensen Design, LLC, graphic design, 2001-
  • Art Students League of Denver, 1990-93, 2015-2017
  • Metro State University, Colorado, Painting I, II, III, IV. Studied with Andrew Speer, Carlos Fresquez
  • University of Central Florida, BA in Graphic Design, Minors in Journalism & Public Relations. Studied drawing with Robert Rivers.


  • Solo Exhibit, Portfolio Gallery, Breckenridge, Jan-Feb
  • Mountain Show, Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village, Jan-Feb


  • Art of the Backcountry solo exhibit, Coldwell Banker Realty, Salida, CO, Jan-Mar
  • New Works with Andrew Speer, GRACe Gallery Denver, Feb 7-Mar 1
  • Bones, 36×48″ Acrylic on canvas (part of my Salida Bike Project Series) acquired by Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center for its permanent art collection.
  • Hikes & Bikes with Gail Franke, Pinon Realty, Salida, CO, May – Aug
  • Salida Studio Tour, Salida CO, Sept 28-29


  • Artists Invitational, Creative Framing Gallery, Louisville, Feb: People’s Choice Award.
  • Creative Capital Exhibition, Colorado State Capital, June-Sept
  • Georgetown Inaugural Plein Air Festival, Georgetown, CO, Aug
  • Hikes & Bikes, solo show CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO, Aug
  • 99 Pieces of Art on the Wall, ACCESS Gallery, Denver Sept
  • 22nd Annual Plein Air Artists Colorado National Show, Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango, CO: Allen Award
  • National Western Stock Show, Young Guns, Denver, Dec


  • Summer Art Market, Art Students League, Denver, June, WINNER: Best Booth
  • Solo Exhibit, Studio 3, Lafayette, CO, June
  • OTHERSIDE, with Kristina Davies at GRACe Studios Gallery, Denver, CO, July
  • 34th Annual All Colorado Art Show, Curtis Center for the Arts, Oct
  • Winter Eclectic, Artwork Network, Denver, Dec- Jan


  • Expansiveness, Solo Exhibit, aBuzz Gallery, Denver, May
  • 33rd Annual All Colorado Art Show, Curtis Center for the Arts, July
  • Fall Group Show, Creative Framing Gallery, Louisville, CO, Sept-Oct
  • 99 Pieces of Art on the Wall, VSA Colorado ACCESS Gallery, Sept


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