As an artist creating with a variety of media such as oils, pastels, and watercolors, Leslie Austin strives to reveal what she observes and appreciates around her. She has painted scenes from the Jersey Shore to the canal by the Delaware River, from the stone dwellings at Washington Crossing to the covered bridges in the Northeast. Having moved to Arizona in 1996, her paintings now capture her love of the desert trails, horses and other animals, cactus flowers, archways, fountains, unique structures in Arizona, and the limitless inspirational scenes in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Her purpose is to emphasize the movement and beauty of the light so that the observer feels the peace and warmth within her images.
Leslie Austin is a native of New Jersey and began her painting parallel to her teaching career. As a Teacher of the Deaf both in the Early Childhood Program at the New Jersey School for the Deaf and The Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, she enjoyed working with many wonderful families encompassing forty-four years of service.
Her supportive family shared the love of the Jersey Shore which yielded many beach and ocean paintings displayed in local shows and galleries. Her love of stone buildings, bridges, and water took the family on many picture taking outings. Her family moved to Arizona in 1996 and the desert and mountains became the new focus in her art.
Gourd carving, wood working with driftwood, as well as dried flower and driftwood sculptures, were priority during her free time. After partial retirement, she began her transition from teacher to artist. She began to hone her skills in watercolor, drawing, pastels, pencils, and oils. She is an active member of the Scottsdale Artist League. She volunteers in the Veteran’s art classes held at the Alliance. In October of 2013, she became juried into the Arizona Art Alliance and began selling her paintings through the AAA Gallery. She has since been in a variety of shows including the Desert Botanical Gardens, Scottsdale Artist School, and Visions Gallery. She also participates in a unique group of seven “Epic” artists who lend each other support, information and guidance. Leslie’s ultimate goal is to share her paintings which reveal how she loves and enjoys the treasures around her.