Leslie Elaine began doing prolific amounts of art when she was in preschool. Now she's in her early 20's and has done over a thousand pieces in various media. More than 700 of them can be viewed on this website.
Leslie Elaine's personal story is as fascinating as her artwork. She overcame an
extreme eye issue as a preschooler. Her right eye was legally blind; she could not even see the huge letter E on the eye chart. She patched her good left eye every waking hour while her teachers at Community Bible Study prayed for Leslie to have the courage to keep the patch on and get quick results. The very first day Leslie wore the patch, she saw much more than the doctors ever imagined. In this difficult situation, making art was her refuge; meanwhile, by doing art, she was exercising her eye. After 6 months of patching, Leslie's bad eye went from 20/800 to 20/30. Leslie wore the patch every day. Through this experience Leslie learned to trust God at an early age.
During her elementary years her parents offered her art lessons, but she declined, saying, "I already am an artist!" and "God is my art teacher." They didn't argue; her eye for color and composition, plus her ability to draw people, were well beyond her years and seemed innate.
In high school she developed thyroiditis and began doing her academics online through PA Leadership Charter School (PALCS). During her sophomore and junior years she spent two days per week at PALCS' Center for Performing and Fine Arts in West Chester. There she had the opportunity to take ceramics, digital art, 2D art, theater, voice, and illustration. She loved the opportunity to explore new media.
For her senior year of high school she stayed home full time, still taking her academics online through PALCS. Artistically it was her most productive year, because with all the free time, she could follow her creativity and ideas however she liked. She did nearly 200 pieces that year. (2010-11)
But Leslie loves people and found that year lonely. Now she has a
day job at a chiropractic office and loves the interaction with the doctors and
clients. She does her artwork evenings and weekends. She is usually
working on 15 pieces at any one time including several commissions. She does not use a desk or easel but prefers to work on the floor.
Art has been a venue for expressing herself. Art has also been her safe place. When she was sick and depressed in highschool, making art was therapeutic. Many of her most beautiful, joyful and intricate art pieces were made when she was not feeling well.