Barham, Leslie

April 10, 2014. Firnew Artist Portraits

As an artist, I am inspired by the bounty of beautiful objects offered up by Nature.  I have always been drawn to natural forms, collecting seashells and feathers, butterflies and birds’ nests.  Seemingly insignificant objects hold for me the deepest fascination.  Using a range of art media including colored pencil, paint, fabric and collage, I strive to share my love of nature’s details and to help others to see and appreciate the treasures that surround us all.  I continue to explore new media and approaches that might present my observations of the natural world in an unexpected, yet somehow still familiar way.

I spent my formative years in Virginia Beach, VA, and after graduating from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, I returned home to teach art in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools.  For thirty years, I sought to help students develop their artistic talents and to appreciate the importance of the arts in our cultural heritage.  After retiring in 2011, I relocated to Greene County where I have been dedicated to developing my own artistic voice.  I am fortunate to be a member of the Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle in Madison County and to be inspired by this supportive artistic community. 


“Cherry Tomatoes” mixed media, 15″ x 11″.   Reference photo by Larry Patterson


“Hosta” mixed media, 15″ x 12.5″


“Maple Carpet” colored pencil, 15.5″ x 11.5″


“Maple Seeds” acrylic and watercolor, 14″ x 18″


“Milkweed” mixed media, 15″ x11″


“Sumac” mixed media, 15.5″ x 11.5″





3 thoughts on “Barham, Leslie

  1. Trish Crowe says:

    This is so beautiful!

  2. Becky Owens says:

    I love seeing your work. Keep it up and enjoy your retirement.

  3. Melissa says:

    Your work is as gorgeous as it ever was. I miss seeing it. Your butterfly wings from your college years were just a precursor of this lovely work.

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