About Leslie

If you couldn't be an artist, what would you do instead?

Because I spent the first half of my adult life as a Federal Special Agent and security division chief, working here and abroad for the U.S. Department of State and other agencies to protect U.S. people and interests, I already had "alternative" work.  It was challenging, rewarding, exciting, and creative -- just like being an artist.

What, for you, are the greatest benefits/challenges of being an artist?

Meeting collectors, curators, artists and gallerists who share my passion/obsession with the creative process.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

The mortification of being unable to summon a friend's name at a party.

What's the most indispensable item in your studio?

The special little pointed brush I use to sign each painting...  that little guy is precious to me.

What work of art do you wish you owned?

Anything by Anselm Kiefer.

What superpower would you have and why?

The power to fly -- for instant travel and the bird's eye view of life on earth.

Why should people support WPA or organizations like it?

To encourage out-of-the-box thinking, to bring diverse people together, and to see the world through uniquely disparate and personal viewpoints.  By encouraging the arts, WPA enriches the community and the people who live in it.  Art challenges, inspires and deals with fundamental questions of life. Best of all, there is no right or wrong, only different points of view. The artist is pivotal to how we see and understand the world.

Do you have a website where we can see other examples of your artwork?


Artwork included in the WPA Auction Exhibition

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