“A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.” –Hedy Lamarr

As a lifelong lover and student of the visual arts, I created this blog,  Artsy Forager, as a way to showcase some of the amazing artwork and artists that I am meeting both virtually and face to face every day.  I was fortunate in my younger years to be blessed with two creative grandmothers, both of whom enjoyed painting, so our home was always filled with original artwork.  I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in  Art History & Studio Art ( Painting concentration ) at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.   I’ve also studied Interior Design, another passion and one that has helped me hone my eye for color & composition.

Since graduating from college, I’ve been blessed by being able to work in the art or design field continually for the past 15 years.  I’ve enjoyed experiences working with a stock photography & fine art licensing company,  an interior furnishings company and for the last five years, as a Project Manager, Art Consultant and Interim Gallery Director for a large art gallery & consulting firm in Jacksonville.   My life is changing, due to marrying my true love and best friend.   We will be travelling for the next several years throughout the Pacific Northwest, so it is my hope to use this time ( and beyond! ) to bring you the best of the artwork I’ve found both in our travels and throughout the world via this amazing world-wide-web!

45 Responses to “About”

  1. LoveFeast Table at 4:35 pm #

    We’ll be coming along on your journey with you, living vicariously through your lens.
    ~Kristin & Chris Ann

    • Lesley at 4:59 pm #

      Wonderful to “meet” you, Kristin & Chris Ann! Hope you enjoy the ride and find lots of inspiration along the way!

  2. Patricia at 4:28 am #

    I really like your blog (content and colors!)
    I hope you enjoy your travels (and being married:-))

    • Lesley at 2:35 pm #

      Hi Patricia! Thanks so much for coming by, glad you enjoy the blog! Loving our travels AND being married. 🙂


  3. carriebunkley at 5:22 pm #

    I like your blog – you pick out the best painters! Really good art makes me really happy – thanks for introducing me to new work.

    Carrie Bunkley

    • Lesley at 6:09 pm #

      Thanks, Carrie! Glad you stopped by, please come again!


  4. R. Hernandez at 5:52 am #

    Very awesome collection of art. I really enjoyed your blog!

    • Lesley at 12:02 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by! This artsyFASHION Week has been fun, I have even more spectactular art! Hope you stop by again.

      All the best,

  5. Kevin at 1:40 pm #

    I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger on my blog, ocaclibrary.wordpress.com. Congrats! Keep up the great work!

    • Lesley at 2:10 pm #

      That’s awesome, Kevin! Thanks so much, I’m blushing!! Just one thing.. the name of the blog should be ArtsyForager. 🙂

      All the best,

  6. shrutitrivedi at 10:49 pm #

    I like your blog! Keep sharing!

  7. Cool Your Jets IV at 8:38 am #

    I love the name Artsy Forager – great name and some wonderful images on this site.

    • Lesley at 10:50 am #

      Thanks! If you only knew how much agonizing I’ve done over the name.. 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying the blog!


  8. olga66 at 9:58 am #

    Truly amazing works

  9. jaqsonata at 9:30 am #

    Thank you.. I really love this blog!

    • Lesley at 9:56 am #

      Glad you are enjoying Artsy Forager! Thanks for reading!


  10. artbystacibrown at 1:33 pm #

    Hey Lesley, thank you for subscribing to my blog! 😀

  11. EricaFrances at 12:24 pm #

    From one art geek to another: Great blog!

    I just skipped my lunch break and indulged in your blog instead!

    • Lesley at 5:04 pm #

      Haha, thanks, Erica! Glad you are enjoying it!

  12. Marissa at 2:12 pm #

    I’ve really enjoyed following your blog recently, and I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! You can find out more here: http://mediaevalmusings.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/honourable-mentions/

  13. deakildiko at 2:08 am #

    hi Lesley,
    again a Versatile Blogger Award nomination, this time from me:

    congrats on you blog!

  14. The Wanderlust Gene at 6:29 pm #

    I’m lucky you’re out there bringing this exciting new work to our attention – good contemporary art is the only thing missing in Paradise (here in Sri Lanka), congratulations on your blog and being Freshly Pressed.

    • Lesley at 7:52 pm #

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I’ll remember not to look for good contemporary art if I ever get to Sri Lanka. 😉

      • The Wanderlust Gene at 8:42 pm #

        So far – we can be forever hopeful. There’s a young choreographer who’s beginning to do some good work, and now the war is over, we’re all much more optimistic about things – and the arts will be foremost in the renaissance, one hopes. Nice to meet you Lesley.

  15. insanityofmotherhood at 1:55 pm #

    I love your blog. I am sharing the love by nominating you for thttps://insanityofmotherhood.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=5455&action=edit&message=10he One Lovely Blog Award.

  16. missyjeanjohnson at 8:44 am #

    I love that you had two artsy grandmothers. Always fun to hear what inspired people and influences in their lives. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Lesley at 8:47 am #

      I’m a huge believer in how what we are exposed to when we are young shapes us as people. So of course, I’ve tried to expose my nieces to as much art as possible. 😉


  17. This Sydney Life at 6:54 pm #

    Hey Lesley – I have found you through Life In Relation To Art. Just popped in for a squizz and have now signed up. Liking your style! 🙂

    • Lesley at 3:33 pm #

      So glad you’re enjoying the blog! 😉

  18. Harriet at 4:38 pm #

    Just found your blog and already loving it. Look forward to more reading more posts. 🙂

    • Lesley at 7:29 am #

      Thanks so much, Harriet! Welcome!


  19. I love Arsty Forager! Makes for SUCH interesting reading – now I can aspire to be featured on here one day!! A girl can dream! Best wishes, and keep up the amazing work. Helen

    • Lesley at 1:58 pm #

      Thank so much for the kind words, Helen!

      All the best,

  20. lwooten at 8:13 pm #

    Hi there! I have just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. I have really enjoyed all the inspiring imagery you share on your site. Details can be found here: http://blog.laurawooten.com/2012/07/26/thank-you/
    Since you have here a carefully curated art and design blog, it is totally optional to link back to my site. Just wanted to acknowledge you on mine.
    Best wishes!

    • Lesley at 9:47 pm #

      Thanks so much, Laura!


  21. N Filbert at 11:29 am #

    so thankful for your work here

  22. gabrielgarbowota at 9:41 pm #

    I am nominating you for a Beautiful Blogger award for your exquisite curatorial eye. See more about it (if you haven’t already) on my blog.

    • Lesley at 10:15 pm #

      Thanks so much, Gabriel!


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