Creativity is a state of mind. It derives from a need to share my vision. Artists are inherently observers of their environment. I see the uncommon around me and take note of minor items that most people would pass on by. Each of these are stored in my memory and in my photographs. When composing a work, the imagery is the stepping off point that evolves into the narrative.
Every artist has their own method of motivation. For myself, it is the time alone in my studio space to just think and contemplate ideas. Viewing my photographic images in my many digital files helps me see correlations. As I work through the image it may take many turns that are unexpected. I typically work in 3 hour blocks and then just need to get away from the art to let my mind rest. The art of making is a continual series of decisions which the artist makes and then may change their mind. It is the ultimate multitasking endeavor.
Leslie Elliottsmith is an fine artist and for the past 38 years an art educator. She has worked in many mediums and feels no limitation on which to use or explore. Her overwhelming desire is tell a story through the imagery.