I submitted these 3 drawings to the American Academy of Equine Art Invitational show,"Pulling Their Weight-Draft and Carriage Horses in Fine Art". The exhibition will be on display from July 1 through July 31, 2009 at The Mackinac Public Library in Mackinac, Island, Michigan. This is that great little island that does not allow any type of motor vehicle. Its all horse drawn carriages or bicycles. Also the site of the Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour movie, Somewhere in Time. Jack and I made a short stop on the island the weekend of his brother Thom's wedding. Was lots of fun taking the ferry over and enjoying the Grand Hotel. Its a gorgeous place to spend some time. Maybe we will get up there for the opening. Maybe we will go dancing....last night Jack said he had the urge to take me out dancing. ??????never in 35 years of marriage has he wanted to dance...ever...We are wondering if his new liver came from a guy who loved to dance. Hey this could be fun..I love dancing.
I love this chicken drawing, its from a photo I took of one of my hens. Actually its a combination of two different hens. She was coming out of the little chicken door on a sunny morning in March. I had to get rid of my chickens when we moved, I still miss them dearly. I didn't like the foreground in the drawing, so put in more darks and removed some of the bright light source. Redid the hen and hopefully made more sense of her feathers. I renamed the drawing "Alpha", doesn't she look like she could rule the roost? I am entering it again in the Birds in Art show hoping the the reworking does make it a better drawing.
This is a graphite drawing on Strathmore Bristol Paper. Its one of my entries for the Birds in Art exhibit at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wi. I totally redid the drawing on different paper a week before the deadline. Glad I did, I made a mess of the Fabriano paper I had been using. I like the way it turned out. I wonder if the composition is a bit too simple, but then I do tend to go overboard with "stuff" in my drawings. Its called "Storm on the Rise". Its a Red Crowned Crane and the lake is the view from my window on Fox Lake. I love watching the full moon rise on the lake.
Animals and art have always been a passion in Leslie’s life. Early in life, Leslie discovered her love of animals and her need to put them to paper. Her love of line and composition are easily evident in her work. Her paintings become stories inspired by her experience observing nature, both domestic and wild.
Leslie has exhibited her artwork in solo and group exhibitions. Juried exhibits include, "Culture and Agriculture” in 2008, 2009, 2010,2012,2014 and 2015 at New Visions Gallery in Marshfield, WI,“Nightwalker 98” at the Fort Collins Museum in Fort Collins, Co., “The Horse Show” at The Art Gallery in Hotchkiss, Co. and at the Barrington Arts Council exhibit “Horses in Art” in Barrington, Ill, the American Academy of Equine Art Fall Showcase at the Museum of the Horse in Lexington, Ky 2000.2001,2002,2004 and 2015 , the Wisconsin State Capital, the Alexander House in Port Edwards, WI, the Winona Arts Center in Winona, MN., The Pumphouse in LaCrosse and the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls, WI.
Leslie was recently selected as one of 4 finalists in the Wisconsin State Fairtastic Poster Competition