Okay, I am no spring chicken, but in my mind I am the same artist I was years ago. I came across an artist statement I had created for an exhibition at Lemieux Galleries in the 1990's. It is still relevant today.
"The issues of tolerance, freedom, equality, and love prevail in this series of works. The works are created in a narrative format with color, texture, and architectural structure adding to the focus. The unifying force of family, relationships, and home intertwine with in the images of confinement, natural forces, and women's rites both here and around the world. Events such as the Taliban rebels oppression of women in Afghanistan provoke a response. These events which try to force women to conform to a prescribed standard not of their own determination are disheartening and strike home. It is my hope that my daughters will not have to fight battles on the political front to be seen as valuable individuals, with strengths and ideas to add to society. Each work shows the strength of empowerment against the devastation of conformity and oppression."
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.