“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 July 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

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

    • Lesley July 25, 2011 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 July 29, 2011 at 4:28 am #

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

    • Lesley July 29, 2011 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 August 9, 2011 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 August 9, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

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


  4. R. Hernandez September 15, 2011 at 5:52 am #

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

    • Lesley September 15, 2011 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 December 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

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

    • Lesley December 14, 2011 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 February 9, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    I like your blog! Keep sharing!

  7. Cool Your Jets IV February 13, 2012 at 8:38 am #

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

    • Lesley February 13, 2012 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 March 20, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Truly amazing works

  9. jaqsonata March 22, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Thank you.. I really love this blog!

    • Lesley March 22, 2012 at 9:56 am #

      Glad you are enjoying Artsy Forager! Thanks for reading!


  10. artbystacibrown March 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

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

  11. EricaFrances April 3, 2012 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 April 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

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

  12. Marissa April 13, 2012 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 April 26, 2012 at 2:08 am #

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

    congrats on you blog!

    • Lesley April 26, 2012 at 7:16 am #

      Thanks so much!


  14. The Wanderlust Gene April 26, 2012 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 April 26, 2012 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 April 26, 2012 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.

        • Lesley April 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

          I hope so. The arts are an important rebuilding tool for any society.

          Take care,

  15. insanityofmotherhood May 19, 2012 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 June 1, 2012 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 June 1, 2012 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 June 2, 2012 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 June 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

      So glad you’re enjoying the blog! 😉

  18. Harriet July 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

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

    • Lesley July 8, 2012 at 7:29 am #

      Thanks so much, Harriet! Welcome!


  19. Helen Cousins Botanics July 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    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 July 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

      Thank so much for the kind words, Helen!

      All the best,

  20. lwooten July 26, 2012 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 July 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

      Thanks so much, Laura!


  21. N Filbert September 4, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    so thankful for your work here

    • Lesley September 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

      Thanks so much!

  22. gabrielgarbowota October 21, 2012 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 October 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

      Thanks so much, Gabriel!


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