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. Five 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.  

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

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

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

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

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  • 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

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

      Cheers!
      Lesley

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

    • 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

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

    • 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

  • I like your blog! Keep sharing!

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

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

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  • Truly amazing works

  • jaqsonata

    Thank you.. I really love this blog!

    • Glad you are enjoying Artsy Forager! Thanks for reading!

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  • Hey Lesley, thank you for subscribing to my blog! 😀

  • From one art geek to another: Great blog!

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

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

  • 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/

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

    congrats on you blog!

    • Thanks so much!

      Cheers,
      Lesley

  • 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.

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

      • 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.

  • 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.

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

    • 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

  • 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! :-)

    • So glad you’re enjoying the blog! 😉

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

    • Thanks so much, Harriet! Welcome!

      Cheers,
      Lesley

  • 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

    • Thank so much for the kind words, Helen!

      All the best,
      Lesley

  • 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!

    • Thanks so much, Laura!

      Cheers!
      Lesley

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

  • 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.

    • Thanks so much, Gabriel!

      Cheers!
      Lesley