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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!(4 originals left)

26"H x 22"W

$495 framed, $250 unframed; giclee $95

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.
ORIGINAL SOLD OUT

20"H x 16"W

$250 framed reproduction; $95 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.(5 original left)

20"H x 24"W

$450 framed, $225 unframed; $95 matted giclee

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 (7 left)Gainesville, Florida.

24"H x 20"W

$450 framed, $225 unframed; $95 matted giclee

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; $95 matted giclee

Artist Statement

Leslie Peebles is an ardent environmentalist and naturalist who connects her audience to the flora and fauna of Florida. Florida's vanishing wilderness, from the everglades to the Okefenoke swamp, has become a big source of inspiration for Leslie's work. Her primary medium is printmaking; wood-cut and lino-cut relief print, letterpress and collagraph. Carved blocks, cast letters and sealed collages are inked and "impressed" into paper on an etching press or letterpress machine.

Nature serves as a living metaphor for the connectedness of all things; internal, external and universal. Land, trees and animals projections and identifiers of self and universe. The atmospheric layering of the pieces evokes the multi-dimentional layering of our experience and understanding of reality.

Biography

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.

Events

November 6 - 7, 2021

Downtown Festival

Gainesville, Florida

Award of Distinction 2013; 2015

October 8 - 10, 2021

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Contemporary Craft

New Orleans

September 18 - 19, 2021

Monte Sano Arts Festival

Huntsville, Alabama

September 11 - 12, 2021

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

Reston, Virginia

April 18 - 19, 2020

LeMoyne Chain of Parks

Tallahassee, Florida

Featured Poster Artist

March 28 - 29, 2020

Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival

Gainesville, Florida

Award of Merit 2012; Distinction 2015

March 20 - 22, 2020

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Show

Winter Park, Florida

February 29, 2020

Gasparilla

Tampa, Florida

February 22 - 23, 2020

Naples National

Naples, Florida

February 15 - 17, 2020

Coconut Grove Art Show

Miami, Florida

February 1 - 2, 2020

Artfest Fort Myers

Fort Myers

January 24 - 26, 2020

Images

New Smyrna Beach

November 23 - 24, 2019

Craft Art

St. Petersburg, Fl

Award of Excellence 2018

November 1 - 3, 2019

Dunedin Art Harvest

Dunedin, Fl

Award of Excellence 2018; Poster artist 2019