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Leslie Cooper-Sharpe is a self taught artist based out of Burlington Ontario.  Leslie has built a successful career in the finance industry and is a mother of two active teenagers.  The family spends their summers camping and exploring the large network of Ontario provincial parks.    She has always been an avid artist from an early age, drawing pets and family portraits using pencil and oil pastel.  

Leslie paints with acrylic paint, using both brushes and palette knives for lots of texture.    She paints with vibrant colour, movement, and an eye for detail.  She loves painting animals but focuses on landscapes across Canada, and primarily the lakes, rivers, and big skies of Muskoka and Northern Ontario.     The unique and varied local landscape provides unlimited inspiration!    

Leslie's work was selected by New York City based composer and pianist Margin Alexander as one of 12 works showcased in his concert: The Manhattan Music Exhibition in August 2022.  Margin Alexander personally selected all 12 works based on the inspiration and connection that Margin felt to each of the pieces.  Margin composed original music to pair with each of the works.     It was an honor to be a part of such a great event and be included as one of 12 great artists from around the world and it was such a unique experience to hear the paintings come alive!

Leslie continues to evolve as a painter exploring the natural and unique landscape offered across Canada bringing it alive through colour and visual expression.    To share in her journey and see more of her work please follow her on Instagram: Lesliesharpe17.