All of us have a little devil living within.  Here is a self-portrait of the little Curmudgeon who lives inside of me.  He is a troublemaking rabble-rouser who has no voice since he never learned to talk.  His silence doesn't hold him back from causing me trouble.  Curmudgeon makes appearances late night at bars, when I'm hungry, or a lot of times when I'm simply bored.  I hope you have such an intimate relationship with your devil.


This self-portrait of Curmudgeon lives with my mentor and teacher Cuban Artist Mike Rivero.  Mike is so special to me that I really have no way to describe it.  His style of teaching has allowed me to truly be myself as an artist.  He has such an open, honest way of living and communicating.  I hope every artist has such a person in their life.

My art reflects different aspects of my human experience, one of them being my horrendous eyesight.  I have hated wearing glasses my whole life - I'm talking, "Hey, 7-year-old Leslie, here-are-your-2-inch-thick-glasses glasses."    After years of truly hating a part of myself,  I realized in a "moment" (the way I realize most important things) that perhaps my eyesight has allowed me to see the world in a different way, making way for me to be an artist.  This made me cry.  Hell, I'm crying right now just writing this.  I am so grateful that something I hate so much gives me back something so important to me.  This dichotomy is indeed the human experience.  I hope everyone has opportunities to alter their perspective on a frequent and ongoing basis.

I love color.  I love meeting people.  I love my friends.  I love my family.  I love my Curmudgeon.  Thank you for visiting my site.  Mucho Gusto