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.  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.

I attended the Atlanta College of Art, where I earned my Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree, majoring in illustration with a concentration in painting.  I worked my tail off and graduated with Suma Cum Laude honors.  My time at ACA was wonderful.  I regard those years as some of my happiest.  Post art school my life has been a joyous, but hectic blur of teaching fine art, painting for pleasure, creating custom art and illustration, and spending my days with the people I love.

I should mention that from age 15 onward, I have had an outstanding man by my side, showering me with love and support.  In 2008 my high school sweetheart and I got married, nine months later we became the proud parents of an amazing little girl, and our life entered a new chapter.  6 years later we welcomed a baby boy to our family.  My husband and my children are at the center of my world, providing me with endless love and inspiration.  I continue to teach in addition to working as a freelance illustrator.  I enjoy using a variety of media and techniques both traditional and digital.  Life is good.

Learn more about Leslie at her website:  www.lesliemurphyarts.com.


Leslie Murphy
Designation: Oil & Acrylic Instructor