​​Vagabondartist


About Leslie Chance

I have been creating art for as long as I can remember and, for my whole life, I have felt strongly connected to nature and excited by the wonders of the universe and the story it tells. Geology, astronomy, biology – all the story of the universe displayed so beautifully and intriguingly all around us.  Exploration, learning, seeing, receiving constantly spur new ideas to appear, begging to be material, telling me what form is needed:  fine art, object design, story, poetry.

In school, when I was first introduced to the idea of the artist’s muse, I understood and identified immediately.  New ideas for designs and images flow into my mind from an unseen source.  Oh, to have the time to pursue them all!

I love to experiment with my art and invent new techniques and forms.  As a result, I work in many different media including acrylics, watercolor, photography, silkpainting, illustration, story and poetry with, I’m guessing, more yet to come.

In 1999, while I was on a spiritual retreat, I discovered silkpainting.  I was enthralled with the possibilities and have been silkpainting and creating new techniques ever since.  Recently I began creating silk jewelry and am now working on how to develop plein air silkpainting.

A year later I entered the computer age with my art.  This opened up new possibilities, not only for illustration and computer graphics, but to experiment with mixing traditional and computer techniques.

When I was in high school we were given a test that was supposed to help with career choices based, not on ability, but on our likes and dislikes.  The results were clear: I should be either an artist or a forest ranger.  There apparently were no questions about stars on the test because astrophysicist was not on the chart of careers.  While both art and nature have always been central to who I am, I did not originally follow those career choices. After many years of following a twisty-turny path, I have circled back.  I now live next to the ancient and sacred mountains where I grew up.  I can wander the mountains by day and marvel at the stars at night then create beautiful images and words inspired by the universe around me. Making my images and words available to the public and teaching art courses and workshops allow me to share with others this connection and exploration of creation, helping to provide for them insight and education into the beauty and to the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of our surrounding universe.