About The Artist - Bio
First known for her Fragment series of small fabric collages, Lesley is now an internationally known art quilter and mixed-media artist with a passion for photos, color and the written word. She has taught extensively in the US and internationally. Her art and articles have appeared in numerous publications and juried shows. In her former position as Contributing Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Lesley found and showcased new talent in mixed media art.
Her first book, Quilted Memories, brought new ideas and techniques to quilting and preserving memories. Lesley's second book, Fabric Memory Books, combines fabric and innovative ideas with the art of bookmaking. Two more books, Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur and Create with Transfer Artist Paper, introduce versatile new materials to the mixed media art world.
Lesley has filmed instructional DVDs with Creative Catalyst Productions and Quilting Arts. Not one to be camera shy, Lesley has also appeared on three episodes of Quilting Arts TV Season 1. With her art and her website, Lesley aspires to inspire others to find their own voice and share in the magic that is art.
In an ongoing effort to find the best ways for quilters and mixed media artists to get permanent photos on fabric, Lesley introduced Transfer Artist Paper™, named CHA’s 2011 Most Innovative new product, the state of the art technology for iron-on transfers to fabric.
Currently, Lesley is the producer and on-air personality of Art & Soul radio on BlogTalkRadio. Realizing that artists, both new and experienced, often need more than new ideas and techniques to fulfill their art dreams, Lesley founded Artist Success™, where she shares her experience and knowledge as a coach and mentor, providing solutions for the struggling artist. For more info and free articles, visit ArtistSuccess.
While not teaching, writing about or making art, Lesley enjoys life, love and creating on a thoroughbred horse farm where she celebrates her empty nest and visits from her 6 children and always multiplying grandchildren.
"My Art is about the Magic of Making Art
...the how, the why, the what, even the where has unending fascination for me. My work reflects my life. My family is always present in my art. In the irregularity of my stitches when my 2 year old granddaughter is next to me bouncing in time to Mozart. In the spontaneity of a stolen moment to adjust a composition. In the unexpected color combinations I find after the girls rummage through my fabric stash.
Art is a way of life in our house. I taught my children and now teach my grandchildren, what it took me over 40 years to discover ~ that creating, making art, is a natural, free-flowing process that requires no special time, no secluded space, no Masters of Fine Art.
There's magic in art. Making art makes us happy. Creating fulfills the eternal longing of the soul. Our soul craves expression. Art is the soul made visible. I create and show my art so that others can get to know the real me. Through my art I hope to inspire others and share the magic.
I am thrilled that you want to see my art. My creations. My soul made visible. Everyone is curious to see what others have created to see if they can find any meaning in it for themselves. Leo Tolstoy said that "Art is a microscope which the artist fixes on the secrets of his soul and shows to other people these secrets which are common to all."