"As an artist, I am always viewing my world from the standpoint of awe. Inspiration comes from seeing things that no one else may value." - Leslie Elliottsmith
My home is filled with art from many artists and cultures. When I purchase art or trade my work with other artists, the key thing I look for is how the work of art speaks to me personally. Does it keep my attention, appeal to my emotions, and does the imagery create a mystery that makes me want to view it time and time again. As a former education curator, I walked through the museum galleries and knew the works that were my favorites because I was drawn to view them again and again. They may have told me something about the artist or something about myself. When you look at a work of art, let your senses take in what the artist has created. Feel with your eyes and your mind. You bring to each work of art your own set of standards, sensibilities, and ideas.
My photographs go through many iterations before I decide on the final image. The work "The Maze" changed over several weeks and started with a morning winter landscape from Natchitoches parish.
Current and Upcoming Exhibits
LeMieux Gallery, 332 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA. http://lemieuxgalleries.com
NPR Red River Radio "The Better Picture" Interview about photography - Leslie and Michael Elliottsmith Mar. 22, 2016
How do I purchase a work of art?
SIMPLY SELECT THE "STORE" ON THE NAVIGATION PANE. IF YOU DO NOT SEE A WORK YOU WISH TO BUY, SELECT "PURCHASE MORE" AND FILL IN THE FORM WITH THE TITLE OF THE WORK YOU WISH TO PURCHASE.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN ARTIST?
SINCE I WAS A CHILD I DREW AND PAINTED. I ATTENDED LSU UNDERGRADUATE, MAJORING IN FINE ART AND ART EDUCATION AND WENT ON TO RECEIVE MY MFA FROM LSU.
IS YOUR WORK ARCHIVal?
YES. I USE ARCHIVAL INKS AND PAPERS WHEN PRINTING PHOTOGRAPHS AND MAT THE WORK IN ARCHIVAL RAG MATS. MY PAINTINGS ARE TYPICALLY ON WOOD PANELS USING ACRYLIC # 1 GRADE ARTIST PAINTS.