About Leslie Firestone

Leslie and her dog

Leslie Firestone was born and raised in Michigan. She moved to the Bay Area at the age of 19 and has lived here for most of the last 23 years. Leslie grew up drawing from an early age. She thought that she would pursue a career in the arts, but political activism and diverse interests drew her to other paths. For more than 12 years Leslie worked in public health education with homeless folks, active drug users, and those with HIV overseeing and developing harm reduction programs. In 2002 Leslie left that work behind and after an inspired trip to New Mexico she had an overwhelming desire to paint. Leslie saw in art the ability to further her work in harm reduction by creating soothing and inspirational images. A self-taught painter, Leslie has been at it ever since. She currently lives in Berkeley with her partner and their dog and cat.



Artist Resume

East Bay Open Studios, Delaware Street Studio, Berkeley, CA, June 2004

Pistils and Anthers Gallery, San Francisco, CA, February - March 2004

66 Mint Street Studios Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA, October 2003

San Francisco Open Studios, SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA, October 2003

Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, CA, September 2003 - Present

Hunters Point Shipyards Open Studios, San Francisco, CA, April 2003

A Collection, Martin Eng Gallery, San Francisco, CA, February-March 2003

San Francisco Open Studios, SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA, October 2002

Abstracted Nature, Yosemite Place Studios, San Francisco, CA, October 2002

East Bay Open Studios, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA, May-June 2002

Inspiration, West Berkeley Center, Berkeley, CA, June 2002

Vibrant Nature, Autumn Moon Caf, Oakland, CA, April-May 2002

Education

Self-taught painter

University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor, MI, 1981-82

Master of Public Health, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1996

Bachelor of Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1996

Publications

Urban View, "Inspiration", June 2002