Leslie Morgan was born and raised in the middle of a Texas desert where the nearest ocean was 600 miles away. As a kid, she dreamed of tropical islands, pirate boats, and sea creatures. The public pool served as her primary mode of escape and therapy for childhood asthma.
Her art is hybrids of painting, photography, printmaking, recycled rusted bits and collage into unique mixed media. She explores ideas tied to nostalgia, female icons, boating, the environment, preservation of our oceans, and repurposing materials. Her whimsical use of found objects, paint and photography allows one to experience the many magical nuances of water, both above its surface, below its depths and everywhere in between. Her art attempts to help us feel as we do in water, weightless, buoyant and free.
She splits her time between Santa Cruz and San Francisco and is an Open Water and Synchronized swimmer, a scuba diver and an all-around water baby. She just returned from a trip to Tonga to swim with the Humpback whales and will no doubt be incorporating that into her art soon.