about MARY LESLIE
Mary Leslie is a contemporary wildlife and western artist. Born in the Midwest, raised in North Georgia, Mary spent a lifetime finding her way back to her beloved West and now resides with her husband, Richard, and their menagerie of donkeys, horses and dogs on their ranch in beautiful Westcliffe Colorado. Her larger-than-life paintings pay homage to the animals and West she loves and has built her life around.
A self-taught artist, Mary’s professional art career began with a small mural for a family member. This grew into a 20-year career painting murals in the South and across the country. Eventually Mary moved from murals to more fine art and she has never looked back.
Mary’s focus on animals and wildlife stems from her lifelong love of all God’s creatures. “It’s always my goal when painting animals to show emotion - I want to stir people to think about what’s going on in the mind of this horse or fox or bear,” Mary explains.
Along with many awards in art events and shows, Mary’s work has been featured in Lake Oconee magazine and Atlanta Magazine, as well as the cover of Natural Awakenings Magazine. Mary’s work has also been featured on TV shows such as HGTV and The Vampire Diaries.
Mary’s work can be seen at Mary Leslie Studio & Gallery in downtown Salida, Colorado. (click here for directions)