painting, mixed media
As a studio artist, Leslie Whyte Graff primarily spends her time working in acrylics and mixed media on canvas. Her work is characterized by organic themes, cumulated repeating elements, and expressive color. Her work focuses on exploring human experience, specifically relationships, the intangible, unquantifiable nature of emotion, and the nature of influence and connection. Her domestic series looks at domestic work and the complexity of the roles of women through various lenses. She has won numerous art awards and has shown in group and solo shows and exhibits across the United States at museums, universities, and galleries. Her work is held in private collections across the country and internationally. Her work has been featured in various books, magazines, and blogs. She has taught creative arts programs in Virginia, Massachusetts, and California. She does artist-in-residence programs with local schools.
Leslie holds a Masters degree from Brigham Young University. In addition to her art, she completed clinical training at Johns Hopkins. She has served as college faculty and worked as a child life specialist. She continues to travel to numerous countries doing humanitarian work as a child life specialist. She lives in Sutton, with her husband and three sons.