Leslie is a catalyst for collective creativity. She began her community arts journey in Portland Oregon, as chairperson of Metro Murals, a murals advocacy non-profit. As the daughter of an art teacher, she had all sorts of opportunities to experiment with art media as a child. As an adult, she considers herself a “professor of experience” having taught K-12 art, adventure therapy to at-risk teens, and currently a shop technician at UNCA’s STEAM Studio Maker’s space. Leslie studied at Wesleyan University, PNCA, Western Carolina University, Penland School of Crafts, and Anderson Ranch. She is an artist who works mainly in wood and paint, but has dabbled in lots of other media. Leslie believes in the power of self-expression and art to bring people together.