2014 Cover Artist
Leslie Peebles was born in Hackensack, New Jersey but moved with her family to an 80 acre farm near the Suwannee River, which fostered a deep love, respect and fascination for nature.
Peebles attended The University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee and received her B.A. in Studio Art from Newcomb College in New Orleans in 1981. Peebles then moved to Gainesville and worked on her M.A. in Art Education, which she completed in 1994. Afterwards she taught art for 17 years in Florida.
“I experience the landscape and all the life forms it nourishes and translate those experiences into drawings”, says Peebles, “The drawings are transferred to blocks of linoleum or wood. The slow, meditative process of carving distills and clarifies the images. I print their surfaces onto hand-made paper using a century old Charles Brand Etching Press and then watercolor directly into the prints.”