2023 Festival Artist: Leslie Jeffery

Leslie Jeffery ArtworkI was introduced to art at a young age – my grandmother was an accomplished oil painter. I have painted all my life. I now split my time between Highlands, NC and Largo, Fl, with studios in both locations. Sailboats to Bears, Trawlers to Cabins, Waterfalls to Sunsets – these were my inspiration for a long while. As with so many artists, over time my work became looser, more expressionistic, large and mostly non-objective. I now classify myself as an Abstract Painter.


My works are mostly large and are about the process. They feature texture, light or heavy; marks of all kinds; deep colors; patterned backgrounds; drips and various mediums. They convey energy, lyrical or frenetic. They convey mood, serious or lighthearted. I find the painting process exhilarating. I feel successful when I believe the last one is my best one. I am intrigued with the comments and interpretations of my viewers. While a few are difficult to plan and execute & others come easily, I usually think "What fun that was!" when I finish.


I studied painting and art history at FSU and have a BS in Art Education.


I exhibit frequently at and/or member of:

  • NAWA – National Assn. of Women Artists, and NAWA-FL
  • FLAG – Florida Artists Group
  • ISAP – The International Society of Acrylic Painters (Signature Member)
  • PAVA – The Professional Assn. of Visual Artists
  • TESA – The Exhibiting Society of Artists
  • Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
  • The Bascom, Highlands, NC
  • Morean Art Center, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL
  • Suntan Art Gallery, Pass-a Grille, FL
  • Old Hyde Park Art Gallery, Tampa FL


I am a past president and now member of Las Damas de Arte. A group of women artists based in Tampa, FL who raise money for art scholarships.


My work in included in many private and corporate collections.


You may contact me by phone (727) 743-1130 or email: LJArtwork@yahoo.com.


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Tel: 828-526-9060      Email: hccmfnc@gmail.com
507 Chestnut Street/P.O. Box 1702 - Highlands, NC 28741





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