All my life I’ve wanted to paint, but it always seemed that there were too many other things I had to do. At one point I decided that painting would have to wait until retirement. But then in 2008, coming out of a graduate program in water resources at UNM, I felt that I needed a break from all of the left-brain activity that I had been engaged in. And I asked myself, “Why should I wait to start painting?” So, I began to take classes and paint in my spare time. I discovered that I really enjoyed it, both as a form of relaxation and as a challenge.
I grew up in the Midwest and moved to Chicago in the 1980’s to attend Northwestern University, where I obtained degrees in computer science and history. In 1998 I relocated to Albuquerque to enjoy the weather and the famous “three cultures” of New Mexico.
Returning to Albuquerque at the beginning of 2016 after 4 years in Las Cruces, I decided to take some time off and give more attention to painting. Someone very famous wrote that painting is easy for the beginner, but difficult for the person who really knows what they’re doing, and I find that increasingly I agree. But the struggle is worth it and I will continue exploring various media, styles, and art forms.
Starting in 2015, with encouragement from Michael Ponce, my teacher in Las Cruces, I began to paint in oils, after several years of working in watercolor and acrylic. My current interests are portraits and clouds.
You can contact Leslie at buynsell@SpringRainsLLC.com
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