Growing up in South Carolina, Leslie developed a passion for creativity. Her mother was a constant source of encouragement—always giving her artwork to lucky friends and family. But instead of pursuing a degree in art, Leslie chose to study interior design in Atlanta to develop her love of architecture. Following graduation, she worked for large design and architectural firms in Atlanta and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Once she and her husband, Drew, had children, Leslie took some time off to be home with their boys. During those years at home, art was always a hobby. Although she experimented with a variety of mediums, Leslie always returned to painting when the need to create something emerged.
By the time she returned to full-time artmaking in 2002, her family had relocated to Huntsville, Alabama. Within two years, she had her own studio space in historic downtown Huntsville. Leslie soon began showing work in Golden Griffin and Railroad Antiques(Huntsville) as well as Decatur’s Willis Gray Gallery. Leslie is now showing work at Bird in the Hand in the wonderful artsy town of Salado, Texas. Leslie Lockhart Fine Art continues to show at outdoor art festivals as Panoply of the Arts and the Monte Sano Art Show.
In addition, Leslie has been named selected artist for both the 2008 Early Works Museum Whistle Stop Festival, the 2009 Liz Hurley Ribbon Run (a high profile breast cancer awareness event) and the selected poster artist for the 2009 Panoply Arts Festival. She joined a small, hand-picked group of artists commissioned to paint violins for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra’s annual Crescen Dough Auction. Corporate collections include Sparta, Clearview Cancer Institute, Center of Imaging Excellence Women’s Center, Progress Bank and Madison Surgery Center. She is truly honored to see area businesses take such an interest in her work.
Leslie Lockhart Fine Art is located on the third floor of the historic 1845 Mercury Building in downtown Huntsville, Alabama. Studio visits are welcome by appointment.
To learn more about Leslie and view her online gallery, visit her website at www.leslielockhart.com