Born and raised in South Florida, this 5th generation Floridian draws inspiration from the sunshine state; often from her own backyard. She has deep interest in light, color and the flora and fauna that surround her. While earning a BFA in Graphic Design and working for the Florida Atlantic University student newspaper she met her soul mate and settled down in Pompano Beach. Years of creating for Deerfield's Observer Newspaper provided a solid design foundation and deadline driven work ethic but left Leslie wishing for more light, color and creative freedom. She still loves and works with her friends at the Observer, while she pursues the brilliant colors and images only paint can provide.