About

“A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.” –Hedy Lamarr

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ABOUT ME

In my younger years I was blessed with two creative grandmothers, both of whom enjoyed painting, so our home was always filled with original artwork. The first and only time I was ever spanked, I got into huge trouble for drawing all over my bedroom walls with permanent marker!  Art is in my blood and fills my heart and spirit.  I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History & Studio Art ( Painting concentration ) at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.   I’ve also studied Interior Design, another passion and one that has helped me hone my eye for color & composition.

Since graduating from college, I’ve been very fortunate to work in the art or design field continually for the past 15 years.  I’ve enjoyed experiences working with a stock photography & fine art licensing company,  an interior furnishings company and most recently, as a Project Manager, Art Consultant and Interim Gallery Director for a large art gallery & consulting firm in Jacksonville.  Now, I find myself on a journey in every sense!  I’ve married my true love and best friend, known on the blog as Mr. Forager.   Our life’s journey together is taking us traveling throughout the West Coast, looking for adventure, inspiration, and an eventual home.  I’m looking to find my own long lost artistic passion, as well as searching for beautiful and inventive work by other artists who inspire me.

ABOUT ARTSY FORAGER

As a lifelong lover and student of the visual arts, I created this blog,  Artsy Forager, as a way to showcase some of the amazing artwork and artists that I am meeting both virtually and face to face every day.  Since its beginning in March 2011, the blog has undergone changes in style and direction, as I’ve been figuring out who I am, what I’m most driven to share and what most inspires and intrigues AF readers.  Each day, I feature an artist whose work I find intriguing, interesting or inspiring.  In addition to the “Daily Artsy“, you’ll see features focused on integrating art into interiors, how art inspires, artist interviews, studio tours, peeks into my own artistic process and more!

ABOUT FORAGER SERVICES

In the summer of 2013, I decided to put my Forager’s eye, skills, and experiences to work and launched Forager Services.  FS assists artists, gallery owners, interior designers, art consultants and other artsy folk in offering services to help with writing and editing, website consultation, art curation & consultation, and social media management.  You can find information for each of these services here, rates are available upon request, just email me at lesley[at]artsyforager.com.

 

  • http://www.lovefeasttable.com LoveFeast Table

    We’ll be coming along on your journey with you, living vicariously through your lens.
    ~Kristin & Chris Ann

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Wonderful to “meet” you, Kristin & Chris Ann! Hope you enjoy the ride and find lots of inspiration along the way!

  • http://adreamsnest.wordpress.com Patricia

    I really like your blog (content and colors!)
    I hope you enjoy your travels (and being married:-))

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Hi Patricia! Thanks so much for coming by, glad you enjoy the blog! Loving our travels AND being married. :-)

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  • http://carriebunkley@gmail.com carriebunkley

    I like your blog – you pick out the best painters! Really good art makes me really happy – thanks for introducing me to new work.

    Carrie Bunkley
    http://www.carriebunkley.com

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Thanks, Carrie! Glad you stopped by, please come again!

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  • http://rhernandezpoetry.wordpress.com R. Hernandez

    Very awesome collection of art. I really enjoyed your blog!

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Thanks for stopping by! This artsyFASHION Week has been fun, I have even more spectactular art! Hope you stop by again.

      All the best,
      Lesley

  • http://thepaperbackrider.wordpress.com Kevin

    I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger on my blog, ocaclibrary.wordpress.com. Congrats! Keep up the great work!

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      That’s awesome, Kevin! Thanks so much, I’m blushing!! Just one thing.. the name of the blog should be ArtsyForager. :-)

      All the best,
      Lesley

  • http://shrutitrivedi.wordpress.com shrutitrivedi

    I like your blog! Keep sharing!

  • http://coolyourjetsiv.wordpress.com Cool Your Jets IV

    I love the name Artsy Forager – great name and some wonderful images on this site.

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Thanks! If you only knew how much agonizing I’ve done over the name.. :-) Glad you’re enjoying the blog!

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  • http://olga66.wordpress.com olga66

    Truly amazing works

  • jaqsonata

    Thank you.. I really love this blog!

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Glad you are enjoying Artsy Forager! Thanks for reading!

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  • http://artbystacibrown.wordpress.com artbystacibrown

    Hey Lesley, thank you for subscribing to my blog! :D

  • http://mydadsalbums.wordpress.com EricaFrances

    From one art geek to another: Great blog!

    I just skipped my lunch break and indulged in your blog instead!

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Haha, thanks, Erica! Glad you are enjoying it!

  • http://mediaevalmusings.wordpress.com Marissa

    I’ve really enjoyed following your blog recently, and I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! You can find out more here: http://mediaevalmusings.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/honourable-mentions/

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Thanks, Marissa!

  • http://deakildiko.wordpress.com deakildiko

    hi Lesley,
    again a Versatile Blogger Award nomination, this time from me:
    http://deakildiko.wordpress.com

    congrats on you blog!

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Thanks so much!

      Cheers,
      Lesley

  • http://thewanderlustgene.wordpress.com The Wanderlust Gene

    I’m lucky you’re out there bringing this exciting new work to our attention – good contemporary art is the only thing missing in Paradise (here in Sri Lanka), congratulations on your blog and being Freshly Pressed.

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I’ll remember not to look for good contemporary art if I ever get to Sri Lanka. ;-)

      • http://thewanderlustgene.wordpress.com The Wanderlust Gene

        So far – we can be forever hopeful. There’s a young choreographer who’s beginning to do some good work, and now the war is over, we’re all much more optimistic about things – and the arts will be foremost in the renaissance, one hopes. Nice to meet you Lesley.

        • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

          I hope so. The arts are an important rebuilding tool for any society.

          Take care,
          Lesley

          • http://thewanderlustgene.wordpress.com The Wanderlust Gene

            :)

  • http://insanityofmotherhood.wordpress.com insanityofmotherhood

    I love your blog. I am sharing the love by nominating you for thttps://insanityofmotherhood.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=5455&action=edit&message=10he One Lovely Blog Award.

  • http://missyjeanjohnson.wordpress.com missyjeanjohnson

    I love that you had two artsy grandmothers. Always fun to hear what inspired people and influences in their lives. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      I’m a huge believer in how what we are exposed to when we are young shapes us as people. So of course, I’ve tried to expose my nieces to as much art as possible. ;-)

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  • http://thissydneylife.wordpress.com This Sydney Life

    Hey Lesley – I have found you through Life In Relation To Art. Just popped in for a squizz and have now signed up. Liking your style! :-)

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      So glad you’re enjoying the blog! ;-)

  • http://blueblawgging.wordpress.com Harriet

    Just found your blog and already loving it. Look forward to more reading more posts. :-)

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Thanks so much, Harriet! Welcome!

      Cheers,
      Lesley

  • http://helencousinsbotanics.wordpress.com Helen Cousins Botanics

    I love Arsty Forager! Makes for SUCH interesting reading – now I can aspire to be featured on here one day!! A girl can dream! Best wishes, and keep up the amazing work. Helen

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Thank so much for the kind words, Helen!

      All the best,
      Lesley

  • http://laurawooten.wordpress.com lwooten

    Hi there! I have just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. I have really enjoyed all the inspiring imagery you share on your site. Details can be found here: http://blog.laurawooten.com/2012/07/26/thank-you/
    Since you have here a carefully curated art and design blog, it is totally optional to link back to my site. Just wanted to acknowledge you on mine.
    Best wishes!

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Thanks so much, Laura!

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  • http://manoftheword.wordpress.com N Filbert

    so thankful for your work here
    http://manoftheword.com/2012/09/04/thankfulness/

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Thanks so much!

  • http://gabrielgarbowota.wordpress.com gabrielgarbowota

    I am nominating you for a Beautiful Blogger award for your exquisite curatorial eye. See more about it (if you haven’t already) on my blog.

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Thanks so much, Gabriel!

      Cheers!
      Lesley