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HRRMC displays wildlife oil paintings by artist Mary Leslie

HRRMC displays wildlife oil paintings by artist Mary Leslie

SALIDA, Colo.— A collection of original oil paintings from Westcliffe artist Mary Leslie are on display at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) now through June 30.

Leslie’s work features a series of wild and domesticated animals that represent the western United States. Leslie and her husband and son – along with their horse, four donkeys, four dogs and a cat - moved to Westcliffe, Colorado from Madison, Georgia in 2020. On a ranch at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, it was hard not to be inspired by the landscape and surrounding flora and fauna.

“I’m a naturalist painter who thrives on incorporating my life as an artist with my day-to-day work on a ranch in Westcliffe,” explained Leslie.

To add even more meaning to her work, each painting is custom framed by her husband, using reclaimed wood.

Leslie started her career in art at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and went on to paint as a large-scale muralist for more than 20 years. She created murals in homes and businesses across Texas, Colorado, South Carolina, the Florida Keys, Connecticut and Georgia.

In January 2022, Leslie opened an art gallery in downtown Salida, where she spends much of her time painting.

HRRMC displays the work of regional artists each quarter, with an emphasis on the Arkansas Valley. Call 719-530-2217 for more information on exhibiting art at HRRMC.