About the Artist
Not formally trained in art, Leslie began to draw when she traveled as a way to see more clearly what was around her. She carried a notebook, pen and tiny paint kit instead of a camera, and when everyone else was clicking away, she whipped out her kit and painted—fast. The simplicity of her paint palette and the speed with which she painted has become her signature style.
Northwest Lower Michigan defines her. She considers herself part of the landscape among the bluestems and butterfly weed, beneath the cedars, willows, and maple trees. The wind of the woods and water speak her language and sing the songs of her childhood. How will a visitor know us if we don’t know who we are? How will we venture out in the world if we have nothing of ourselves to offer? If we treasure our origins, we take these gifts out to the world as we travel, and come home again, enriched twice over. Wherever we are, every day, we create the story and the adventure of our lives. Here are her favorite stories and drawings.
After a lifetime of writing and painting in the margins of work and family, now semi-retired, Leslie has made it a priority to share. Thirty years of travel journals and paintings have been dusted off, edited, and excerpted and will be appearing here on her website as books, fine art, folded note cards and postcards, and other gifts and products for sale.
- Old Mission at Chateau Grand Traverse2013 05 16 Michigan, Traverse City, Old Mission Vineyard
- Cruising past Duntroon Castle, Off Crinan2018 04 12 Scotland, Off Crinan, Duntroon Castle
- Close Harmony Duo at An Droichead Beag2010 11 11 Ireland, Dingle, Harmony at An Droichead Beag
- Up Beinn Alligin2003 06 15 Scotland, Loch Torridon, Up Beinn Alligin
- Mandan-Hidatsa Site on Missouri River2015 09 26 N. Dakota, Mandan-Hidatsa Site on Missouri R.
- Gondola from the Gritti Palace2016 03 30 Italy, Venice, From the Gritti Palace, Gondola
- View North from Schull Cottages2019 04 18 Ireland, Schull, View North from the Cottage
- Pine on an Island2000 07 04 Alaska, Thomas Bay, Cascade Falls, Pine on an Island
- Drom Beg Stone Circle2019 04 24 Ireland, Co. Cork, Drom Beg Stone Circle
- The Flax Cottage Barn at Ballywillwill2010 10 28 Ireland, Co. Down, Ballywillwill, Flax Barn
- Muffin Crumbs at the Locanda Cipriani, Torcello2018 03 30 Italy, Torcello, Muffin Crumbs
- Piazzo Del Campo1999 11 27 Italy, Siena, Piazza Del Campo
- Champion Lilac on Mackinac Island2013 06 09 Michigan, Mackinac Island, Champion Lilac
- Coffee and Watch1999 11 27 Italy, Florence, Hotel Brunelleschi, Coffee, Watch
- An Daingean Hillside2008 05 21 Ireland, Dingle, An Daingean Hillside
- The Bargello1999 11 28 Italy, Florence, The Bargello
- A Giant Monterey Cypress on Colonsay2018 04 14 Scotland, Colonsay, Monterey Cypress
- Catalina Mountains from Casa Blanca2016 02 19 Arizona, Tucson, Catalina Mts. From Casa Blanca