Born in 1967 in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and raised in rural Maryland, as young girl Leslie Sealey’s main interests were horses and art. Her favorite illustrations to use as inspiration for her own art were Beatrix Potter’s anthropomorphized animal drawings and the whimsical illustrations of British artist Norman Thelwell. Thelwell’s drawings often depicted scenes of little girls and their short, fat ponies. These early influences provided later inspiration for her whimsical paintings of hippos and other animals.
Sealey attended the University of Arizona, where she earned a BFA in Studio Art. She moved to Texas in 1991, and after a career as a photographer she began painting full-time in 1997. Her love of animals continues to influence her artwork, and one of her favorite pastimes is placing animal characters into playful and colorful imaginary worlds.
She currently works from her home studio in San Angelo, Texas. “In the last couple of years, I have focused primarily on painting and printmaking. Switching back and forth between the two media seems to enhance the development of new ideas.”