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Leslie M. Peebles

Printmaking & Painting

Swallowtail Kites
Big Mama
Blowing In
Gopher Tortoise
Canoeing the Ichetucknee
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Swallowtail Kites

Swallowtail Kites

Three pair of kites were swirling in a meadow near my Alachua home. I stopped the car to photograph them and they dropped down low and circled above me to check me out. Wow!

26"H x 22"W

$495 framed, $295 unframed

Big Mama

Big Mama

I photographed her on the bank of Alachua Sink on Paines Prairie. Flood waters were receding and the gators gorged on fish caught in the shallows.

20"H x 16"W

$295 framed reproduction; $125 matted giclee

Blowing In

Blowing In

Sandhill Cranes arrive on Paines Prairie by the thousands around Thanksgiving each year. I create series of 100 prints and all prints are considered originals.

20"H x 24"W

$450 framed, $225 unframed

Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoise

I have loved these reptiles since I first met them as a child. I created the image from numerous drawings and photos from San Felasco Hammock and Morningside Nature Center in Gainesville, Florida.

24"H x 20"W

$450 framed, $225 unframed

Canoeing the Ichetucknee

Canoeing the Ichetucknee

I canoe this river about once a month to watch the seasonal changes take place. Getzen, the storyteller, my grandson, Justin and I are in the boat at Mill Spring and "Turtle Corner".

24"H x 20"W

$450 framed, $225 unframed

Artist Statement

North Florida has been my home for most of my life and my images depict the land, trees, wildlife and people of the area. I believe there are many layers to the perception of reality and that art reveals deeper layers than most people perceive. My art digs down to soulful, spiritual or mythical dimensions of places and beings. I want others to see the ethereal and Eden-like beauty of the world around us.

People read all visual form and project their feelings and experiences onto what they see. I deliberately infuse my images with these connections and relationships. Gnarled forms reveal a triumphant history of struggle against the elements. Communities of individuals coexist in harmony and support each other’s survival. I want to inspire people to identify with and cherish life through meaningful imagery.


Leslie Peebles was born in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1959, lived there in the suburbs of New York City until 1971 when she and her family moved to Suwannee County, Florida where her father became a Broiler Chicken Producer for Gold Kist. Living on the 80 acre farm near the Suwannee River fostered a deep love, respect and fascination for nature. This experience, combined with few social opportunities and an outstanding High School Art Teacher, Jeffery Ann Smart Baisdon, led Ms. Peebles to grow and develop into a young artist.

Leslie attended The University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee, married after her junior year and received her B.A. in Studio Art from Newcomb College in New Orleans in 1981. Leslie moved to Gainesville in 1985 and, while raising three children, received an M.A. in Art Education from U.F. in 1994 and began her teaching career.

Inspired by teaching linoleum block printmaking to her students, Ms. Peebles began creating her own art using this medium. She joined the Center for Modern Art in Gainesville in 1996 and began showing with them in group shows and alternative art spaces. She joined Sweetwater Print Cooperative in 1999 which broadened her printmaking experiences, provided crucial equipment and space for her use and helped Ms. Peebles become an emerging regional artist.


May 5 - 7, 2017

Isle of Eight Flags Fernandina Shrimp Festival

Fernandina Beach

Award of Distinction 2016

May 22 - 23, 2017

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

Reston Virginia

January 26 - 28, 2018


New Smyrna Beach

February 3 - 4, 2018

Artfest Fort Myers

Fort Myers

February 17 - 19, 2018

Coconut Grove Art Show

Miami, Florida

March 16 - 18, 2018

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Show

Winter Park, Florida

March 24 - 25, 2018

Tarpon Springs Art Festival

Tarpon Springs, Florida

April 7 - 8, 2018

Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival

Gainesville, Florida

Award of Merit 2012; Distinction 2015

April 21 - 22, 2018

LeMoyne Chain of Parks

Tallahassee, Florida

Featured Poster Artist

September 28 - 30, 2018


Huntington Beach State Park

Best in Show 2014, 2016

October 6 - 7, 2018

John C. Campbell Art Festival

Brasstown, North Carolina

October 19 - 21, 2018

Kentuck Festival of the Arts

Tuskaloosa Alabama

Award of Distinction 2016

October 27 - 28, 2018

Ocala Art Festival

Ocala, Fl

Award of Merit 2017

November 3 - 4, 2018

Art Harvest 2018

Dunedin, Florida

November 17 - 18, 2018

Craft Art

St. Petersburg, Fl

December 1 - 2, 2018

Downtown Festival

Gainesville, Florida

Award of Distinction 2013; 2015

December 8 - 9, 2018

Gathering of the Artists

Thelma Bolton Center

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