Announcement I am a treasure hunter. My passion is finding unique treasures, combining them and creating art from the assemblage. I am a Pirate become Artist or an Artist become Pirate. Come aboard and take a look, matey!
I am a treasure hunter. My passion is finding unique treasures, combining them and creating art from the assemblage. I am a Pirate become Artist or an Artist become Pirate. Come aboard and take a look, matey!
Aurora Lupetti on Aug 15, 2015
Leslie's work just speaks to me... each work has its own voice & character, and I feel the quiet mysteries, bygone truths, and transformative beauty and decay that are presented with such a deft hand. I am privileged to own 2 of her works, and they both are treasures.
Blain Aymond on Mar 16, 2015
Small, lovely and red and silver with a wreath of stars. Saint Francis who teaches us to love the animals both great and small. Blessings and thanks Leslee. I am hanging it in front of me when I create... with light on it so I can see the details and the love.
When I am making art, I enter into place in my mind that doesn't account for time and space. It is like a physical working meditation and even though I am a very "down to earth" kind of person, the experience I have making art can only be described as mystical. My training is in printmaking, but I have found a great deal of joy creating assemblage art through found objects, wood scraps, and encaustic medium.
Many people have asked me about the name Foundturtle. It is short for Foundturtle Art Emporium. When I was in graduate school I had a profound dream about a very large turtle. Coincidentally, I also was taking a course in Jungian Dream Symbology at the team. Using the course as a basis for analysis I discovered that for me the symbol of the giant turtle was very important to my psyche, especially in terms of my art major and thinking about my future as an exhibiting artist. Several years later, when we bought our first home (and where I established my studio) I cleaned out a window well and found the shell of a turtle. Between the profound dream years earlier and the beauty of this shell the name came to me, "Foundturtle Art Emporium". It is entirely appropriate now that most of my work features found objects!
I hold an MFA in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota and a BS in Drawing/Printmaking through the University Honors Program at Portland State University. I exhibit my work natioinally and internationally, and have been honored to receive several awards in various art competitions.
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I have the best jobs in the world! I teach elementary art part-time (Preschool through 8th grade) , while working in my studio the rest of the time. I also enjoy the frenetic lifestyle created by raising teenage boys (15 and 18).
East Providence, RI, United States
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