Leslie Jeffery [Certified Visual Artist – Largo, FL]
Leslie Jeffery is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Largo, FL.
Leslie Jeffery was born in Jacksonville, FL and became aware of art at a young age painting with her grandmother, an accomplished oil painter. She studied painting, art history, and constructive design at Florida State University and holds a B.S. in Art Education from FSU. Her large acrylic abstracts are widely exhibited and have received numerous awards.
Leslie works from her studios in Largo, FL and Highlands, NC where she spends the summer. She is a Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) and The Florida Artists Group (FLAG). She is a Past President of Las Damas de Arte, a Tampa based group of women who exhibit together and raise money for art scholarships. Leslie was co-founder of The Carolina Gallery of Fine Art in Highlands, NC and in August, 2019 was the Presenter for the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers at The Bascom in Highlands, NC.
- November 2019 – April 2020: Leslie had a solo show at Galleria Misto at Mahaffey Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Arts in downtown St. Petersburg, FL
- April 2020: Leslie participated in the FLAG exhibition at Foosaner Museum in Melbourne, FL
- May 2020: she won First Place at Art Center Sarasota juried exhibition “UNCHARTED” (out of 270 entries)
- Dec 2020: she will have a solo exhibit at Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL “Adios 2020”
Leslie’s paintings are primarily large format acrylic abstract compositions. The early Abstract Expressionists are her greatest influence, especially Franz Klein, Joan Mitchell and Lee Krasner. Her work is about the process and features texture – light or heavy, marks of all kinds, deep colors and many layers, patterned backgrounds, and drips and various mediums. They convey energy, mood, and are lyrical. She hopes to create interest and curiosity through the simplicity or complexity of the piece. Leslie finds the painting process exhilarating and loves to talk to viewers about their reaction and perception to her work. She feels successful when she believes the last one is her best. While a few are difficult to plan and execute and others come easily, she usually thinks, “What fun that was!”
See more work, visit lesliejeffery.art