It seems Leslie has either been drawing, painting, or sculpting all of her life! Since she was in grade school, she has always had a love for art, and for creating it. In high school she took as many drawing and painting classes as were offered, and also entered and placed in several local juried art shows.
At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Tarrant County Jr. College, and Clark County Community College, she took numerous art courses including drawing, sculpture, and at least eight semesters of ceramics courses. Although pursuing another field for her degree, art has always been her first love.
While at the Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas, she received an award for a watercolor painting done in watercolor and designers gouache. She also had a feature article written about her ceramic sculpture in the Las Vegas Review Journal, and sold her sculpture at a Las Vegas Gallery. Leslie also donated a piece to be auctioned at a benefit for The Lied Discovery Museum for Children. Several years ago she taught fabric painting classes at a local art and craft supply store as well as after school art classes for children.
Now she devotes all of her time to creating unique clothing that is both fun and functional. She uses her love of art to “express” herself, and is gratified by the compliments and testimonials of the loyal clientele who seek out her work.
Expressions by Leslie handpainted clothing
About the Company
Expressions by Leslie began in 1987, from my love of art and my desire to create a unique line of clothing. At first, it was just myself. As the business grew, my mother Jeanette, became my partner. Until now, our line of clothing could only be found at high quality juried art fairs throughout the Southwest as well as several boutiques.
We carry excellent quality clothing, usually 100% cotton or other natural fibers such as linen. All of our clothing is pre-washed and pre-shrunk, and the designs are heat set for permanency. Our clothing is machine washable and may be put in the dryer.
Our whimsical abstract designs are original, and allow other to “express” themselves by wearing Art! I am the artist, and personally paint and sign each of our hand painted items. Each garment also has a design on the back. Jeanette is responsible for pre-washing, heat setting each garment, keeping tract of our inventory, art festival dates, and anything else that requires organization! My father, Eric, is our CFO, and my son and daughter have recently started working for the company.
Expressions enjoys an ever growing loyal clientele. We hope you enjoy our clothing and we will be happy to personally answer any questions you might have. We are dedicated to providing good quality, reasonably priced, fun clothing with great service!
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