Joyous Lake Gallery

About us

Leslie Allen
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Artist's Statement:

"The earliest I can remember painting plein air with oils was about twelve years of age. My grandfather, a Canadian artist, used to set me up beside him and tell me to 'paint what you see'; the best instruction I ever got! I used to win all the art awards because "Paint by numbers" was really hot then, and I was the only one painting from life! Drawing was my passion. I remember once, not unlike the "Hole in One" that nobody saw, I sent a drawing into a Buffalo, NY TV station kids' show and saw it on TV as a winner but no one else was around to see it and of course they wouldn't believe me! The first time I walked into the Art Students' League, I knew I had found my place! The smell of oil paint reminded me of my grandfather.

 "Inspired at an early age by my grandfather to paint only from life, I am drawn to plein air painting. I see paintings everywhere; I'm constantly painting in my head. My strongest influence, the Canadian landscape, brightens my spirit and feeds my soul. I am immediately attracted to and inspired by colourful, intimate landscapes infused with light and shadow. My 'artist's vision' captures the essence of the moment, being out in the fresh air, in all weather, translating feelings and impressions onto the canvas, making a connection with the viewer who then sees the beauty in everyday things.

 "In the beginning of this grand adventure I wanted to paint, now I have to paint. I hope my work brings as much joy to the viewer as it does to me in the process of creating it. At last, I know who I want to be when I grow up."

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (complete listing available upon request):

2007:  “East to West; Meeting in the Middle” WAOW Exhibit at Hilligoss Galleries, Chicago, Il;Past and Present: The Students of Dale Chisman, Art Students’ League of Denver, Colorado (Invitational)Impact: 20 Years-One, Art Students’ League of Denver, Colorado (Invitational)Manitou Plein Air Invitational, LIW Cargo Gallery, Manitou Springs, Colorado (Invitational)One Person Show, LIW Cargo Gallery, Manitou Springs, Colorado (Solo Show)
2006:  WAOW Exhibit, National Arts Foundation, Skokie, Illinois (Juried); Sixth Solo Show, Highland’s Garden Café, Nov/Dec, Denver, Colorado (Invitational); Plein Air Artists Colorado, Angler Art Gallery, Denver, Colorado (Group Exhibit); 4th Annual National Juried Exhibition “Barns & Farms”, Barnsite Studio & Gallery, Kewaunee, Wisconsin (Juried); WAOW Hart Park Membership Show, Santa Clarita, California (Group Exhibit)
2005: OPA Central Regional Juried Exhibition, Snowfire Gallery, Estes Park, Colorado (Juried); Colorado Art Open, Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado (Juried); Plein Air Artists of Colorado™, Mill Atelier Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Invitational);
2004: Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Mari Michener Gallery, University of Northern Co., Greeley, Colorado (Invitational Exhibit)
2003: National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society, Osage Beach, Missouri (Juried); OPA Twelfth Annual National Juried Exhibition, Nichols Gallery, Taos, New Mexico (Juried); WAOW, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona (Group Exhibit)
2002: American Academy of Women Artists, Contemporary Southwest Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Juried); Federation of Canadian Artists, Active Members Show & June Juried Show, Vancouver, B.C., Canada (Juried);
2001: WAOW 2001 Invitational, Lillian Berkley Collection Gallery, Escondido, California (Group Exhibit)
2000:  OPA Ninth Annual National Juried Exhibition, Gallery Americana, Carmel, California (Juried)

SELECTED AWARDS (complete listing available upon request):

2007:  WAOW Fine Art Connoisseur Award of Excellence, Chicago, IL
2006: 3rd Place Award of Merit, Estes Park Plein Air, Estes Park, CO
2005: Juror's Choice Award, Gilpin County Arts Association 58th Annual Exhibition, Central City, CO
2004: Best of Show, RMPAP Loch Vale Gallery Miniature Show, Estes Park, CO; 1st Place Oil, Glenwood Springs Fall Art Festival, Glenwood Springs, CO
2003: 1st Place Oil, 43rd Annual Alpine Artists Holiday, Ouray, CO (Juried)
2002:  Monteverde Memorial Fund “Best Impressionistic Painting” Award, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, MO
1998: Award of Excellence, Colorado Artists’ Guild 70th Anniv. Celebration Exhibit, Colorado History Museum, Denver, CO
1994: Best of Show-Oil, “This is Colorado,” Heritage Fine Arts Guild, Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton, CO


Rep. Anne McGihon, D-Denver, Colorado
Ottawa General Hospital, Ottawa, Canada
The Hall Law Firm, Denver, Colorado
Pinyon Mortgage Corporation, Denver, Colorado
Alan Piehl, CPA
Joseph Kozmata, CFP
Philip Wishon, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Hilton Hotel, Omaha, Nebraska
Highland’s Garden Café, Denver, Colorado
Aspen Grand Hyatt Vacation Club, Aspen, Colorado
Holland & Hart: E. Mitchell, Denver, Colorado
Sigi Krauss, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Private collections across the U.S. and Canada; England, South America and Germany.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (complete listing available upon request)

2007: 5280 Magazine 04/07, Washington Park Profile 04/07, Steppin’ Out Magazine 06/07
2006, 2007: Ouray Plaindealer, 9/8-14/06, 06/07 
2006: The Coloradoan, 7/06
2004:  Greeley Tribune, 3/04
2003,  2004: UNC Mirror 09/03, 3/5/04
2003:  Art Revue 07/03, Wildlife Art Magazine 09/10/03
2002, 2003: Cañon City Record 07/02, 07/03
2000: Rocky Mountain News 5/10/00
1998-2005: Denver Post 10/10/98, 10/8/99, 11/26/99, 11/30/05


“A life in art is an ongoing study.” Leslie has studied with Quang Ho, Kim English, Jay Moore, Emanuel Martinez, Mark Daily, Jane Jones and Dale Chisman; and completed workshops with Rich Hilker, Doug Dawson, Kim English, Louis Escobedo, Charles Sovek, Lorenzo Chavez, William Reese, Kim Mackey, John Lencicki, Judith Scott, Skip Whitcomb, Laura Robb, Michael Lynch, Connie Morse, Gerald Merfeld, Lani Vlaanderen, and Kang Cho. She holds a degree from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.


Oil Painters of America Member:
Foothills Art Center
Plein Air Artists of Colorado™ - Founding Member
Art Students’ League of Denver
National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society
Women Artists of the West, Inc. - Board member

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Joyous Lake Gallery

Paintings of the White Mountains and the Southwest.

1869 East White Mountain Blvd.
Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ 85935
928-367-1319 or email us

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am - 6pm,
and gladly by appointment - call 928-242-9211

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