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Leslie Hurst

Leslie Hurst The Velvet Hills oil painting plein air painting Sierra foothills vineyard

The Velvet Hills

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.Leslie Hurst plein air landscape painting roadway

Leslie Hurst Taos New Mexico landscape plein air oil painting

Taos, $300


Leslie HurstLeslie Hurst Creek Near MerloLeslie Hurst vineyard foothill winery To contact her at her studio call 209-984-4436

Leslie Hurst Taos New Mexico landscape plein air oil painting

Taos, $500