Leslie was a self-taught painter who was influenced early on, growing up and sailing the waters of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Her education included studies in at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Galveston and Texas State University. Following school, a lark as a SCUBA instructor on a charter live-aboard-dive boat in the Bahamas forged an unexpected career path and subsequent focus of her art.
First a mate, then a captain, Leslie’s yachting encompassed both sail and power vessels, ranging between New England and Alaska. Tortola served as a yachting home base for a number of years. Her paintings often reflect the observations of the local water-men, working harbors
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