LESLIE A. BROWN
Born and raised in a small town near Pittsburgh she began her study of art at the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. While attending CMU, Ms. Brown was awarded the John L. Porter Award, an award given for proficiency in painting, and was granted membership in the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. After graduation, in search of southwestern light and a Master’s degree, she chose The University of New Mexico to continue her education. At UNM, she was awarded a fellowship to study at Tamarind Printmaking Institute where her love of the medium began. In 1995 she was an honored recipient of National Endowment Funding at a six-week artists retreat at The Dorland Mountain Artists Colony in Temecula, California. In 1996 she was granted admission into Women Artists of the West.
She is a respected painter and printmaker, educator and college gallery director in Southern California whose work is included in several private, public and corporate collections throughout the United States. She has been an Artist in Residence since 2001 at Corona Heritage Foundation, in Corona, CA.
“My work has evolved to be purely figurative in nature. Years of study has delivered me to a place where the work has become completely intuitive. Nothing is pre- planned and the large pieces especially, develop in process, usually beginning from vision during a meditative state or dreams. I have been called “a mystic” in my approach to artmaking and I feel as though I am in some way a vehicle for expression of the unconscious or at the very least a voice for something much larger than my ego.”