About

“Art leaves us on a search– within the world, within the work, within ourselves.”

About me headshotABOUT ME A childhood home filled with original art, thanks to two creative grandmothers who discovered their talents with a brush late in life, fostered in me early on an appreciation for original artistic expression. It wasn’t long before I was drawing all over my bedroom walls in permanent marker. I went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with a minor in Studio Art ( Painting concentration ) at the University of North Florida. I also later studied Interior Design, another passion and one that has helped me hone my eye for color and composition.

Through the following years, my studio practice was put aside for “real world” jobs in the art & design industry including work for a photography and fine art licensing company, an interior furnishings company and most recently, for a large art gallery and consulting firm. Four years ago, my new husband and I left my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida to pursue our dream of traveling through the Northwest. It was during this traveling adventure that I began writing the Artsy Forager blog, dipping my toes into occasional painting pools, but it wasn’t until early 2014 that I began to diligently pursue a renewal of my own artistic practice and passion. Our traveling has taken us from the deserts of California, to Seattle, the mountains of Idaho, and all sorts of amazing places in between. Our adventures continually inspire and inform my work and as my creative confidence grows, I hope to visually voice their influence more and more.

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.  Most recently, the focus of Artsy Forager has shifted from the work of other artists to my own.  It has become my travel journal of sorts– a place to share where I’ve been and where I hope I’m going artistically.

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 by 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! 😀

  • 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