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.
- Suite 207-208 Hotel Excelsior1999 11 26 Italy, Rome, Suite 207-208 Hotel Excelsior
- Map of Places of Interest in Southeast Ireland2007 04 11 Ireland, Places of Interest, Southeast
- The Bargello1999 11 28 Italy, Florence, The Bargello
- Mandan-Hidatsa Site on Missouri River2015 09 26 N. Dakota, Mandan-Hidatsa Site on Missouri R.
- Catalina Mountains with a Blue Sky2016 03 00 Arizona, Tucson, Catalina Mts. with Blue Sky
- Barry, Kelleher, Nea, Lees at O'Connor's Pub2007 04 02 Ireland, Co. Clare, Doolin, Four at O'Connor's
- White, Duignam and Brown at An Droichead Beag2010 11 11 Ireland, Dingle, Musicians at An Droichead Beag
- Walking on Slievemore2010 10 07 Ireland, Co. Mayo, Achill Island, on Slievemore
- An Apperol Spritz at the Locanda Cipriani2018 03 30 Italy, Torcello, Apperol Spritz and Bread
- Map of the Tomb Types of Ireland2019 00 Ireland, Tomb Types, Map
- Map of Southwest Cork2019 05 00 Ireland, West Cork, Map of SW Cork
- Cove Castles to the Horizon2002 11 26 Anguilla, Cove Castles to the Horizon
- Brian Boru Oak2009 10 07 Ireland, Co. Cork, Brian Boru Oak, B&W
- La Samanna Arch2001 03 31 St. Martin, La Samanna, La Samanna Arch
- Piazza de la Signoria1999 11 30 Italy, Florence, Piazza de la Signoria
- Chatham Strait, Humpback Whales2000 07 03 Alaska, Chatham Strait, Humpback Whales
- Music Lovers at Johnnos2002 11 23 Anguilla, Johnnos, Music Lovers
- Orchards on Old Mission Peninsula2013 05 16 Michigan, East Bay, Orchards in Spring