Leslie was raised in New Mexico and since 1991 has made Oklahoma her home. She studied with Ted Seth Jacobs at his school Ecole Albert DeFois in Central France. Other instructors who have influenced Leslie are Anthony Ryder Jacob Collins, Scott Waddell and Andrew Ameral. She combines her explorative and impressionistic style of current works with the training of classical realism, allowing her to draw on the artistic voice within. Leslie has received numerous awards, which include, Honorable Mention, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA; First Place for pastels, Austin Alliance Art Festival, Austin, TX 2007; First Place for pastels, Crested Butte Art Festival, Crested Butte, CO 2007 and First Place for pastels, Mayfest International, Tulsa, OK 2008. Leslie’s work is in both private and public collections. Her work has been exhibited in a solo exhibit at the Governor’s Gallery at the Oklahoma Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK and at the American Art in Miniature Show at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK. Leslie is the founder of the Oklahoma Academy of Fine Art, a private studio school in Edmond, OK where she teaches drawing and painting in the classical tradition to both children and adults.