Leslie Hailey Hurst is an oil painter who lives and works in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts. After raising her children, she returned to painting more than a decade ago.
Hurst’s expressionist painting style is open and loose. Her landscapes and still-lifes are infused with light and contemplative space. Her love of saturated and heightened color brings a dynamic sense of feeling and place to her work.
To round out the other corners of her life, Hurst also owns and operates Woods Creek Olive Oil Company, and is a principal partner in Table Mountain Beef- a niche marketing company selling local beef. She also travels extensively – painting in Alaska, France, Hong Kong, and Italy. “Seeing the work from an outsiders point of view often opens my eyes to my own landscapes – and keeps me coming back to try to capture the essence of my own homeland,” says Hurst.