I was born, raised and still reside in Atlanta, GA (well, Metro Atlanta) and have been an artist for as long as I can remember.  Growing up shy and awkward, making art was always a comfort.  It was also the only thing I thought I was any good at! I was terrible at softball, gymnastics and even girl scouts (it was so much easier to eat the cookies than to deliver them)…. But with drawing and art making I could actually shine.  Throughout my childhood and adolescence I continued to draw and paint while maintaining something of my shy and awkward nature.  By the time I was 8 I knew I only wanted to be an artist when I grew up. That didn’t change a bit by the time I graduated from high school.

Next I attended the Atlanta College of Art, where I earned my Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree, majoring in illustration with a concentration in painting.  My time at ACA was wonderful and I regard those years as some of my happiest.  All-nighters, working my tail off, not sleeping, and waiting tables to pay tuition sounds rough, and in a lot of ways it was. However looking back, I realized that this experience also gave me confidence as well as a hefty amount of skill, knowledge and passion.

Soon after college I began teaching drawing and painting classes and creating graphics for the Ocee (and later Johns Creek) Arts Center.   Teaching for all ages has continued to reinforce key drawing, painting an design principles while at the same time teaching me about the joys of sharing art and ideas.

In 2008, I married my high school sweetheart and we are proud parents of an amazing girl and boy.

My husband and my children are at the center of my world, providing me with endless love and inspiration.  I continue to teach for the Johns Creek Arts Center in addition to working as a freelance graphic artist. I enjoy using a variety of media and techniques both traditional and digital. Life is good.

Leslie Murphy
Designation: Oil & AcryIic Instructor
List of Classes, instructor is teaching:
e.) Teen Painting/Independent Study Ages 12+ Fall I 2020
e.) Intermediate-Advanced Oil & Acrylic Painting Tuesday Evenings Fall 2020
b.) Beginning-Intermediate Oil & Acrylic Painting Monday Evenings Fall 2020