Leslie Rowland is a celebrated Las Vegas artist who has been painting furniture for 18 years. Miss Rowland has been featured in numerous Las Vegas and national art shows, has had multiple one woman shows, has been chosen as pick of the week in both the Las Vegas City Life Magazine and the Las Vegas Weekly on multiple occasions, and has been featured in numerous articles in the Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas City Life, Mercury Magazine, the Las Vegas Review Journal, and House Trends Magazine. She has been featured in “Southern Nevada Home and Garden”, 944 Magazine, and will soon be featured in “Around The Home” Magazine as well.
Leslie began painting furniture out of sheer desire when she was a college student. She furnished her first homes by scouring junk shops and estate sales for gems in the rough. She unleashed her imagination refinishing the pieces with random house paints and everything else she could get her hands on. An obsession was born. She spent much of the next 18 years experimenting madly. What evolved was a very distinct style that has never been seen before. The obsession lives on. Her furniture choices, materials, and certainly her techniques have evolved over the years, into something extravagant, furniture as fine art.
What has impacted Leslie’s painting the most, are the years she spent traveling in the third world. She was deeply moved by the shrines and temples of India and Thailand. She traveled extensively in Nepal, where the textures, hues, and powerful symbolism she saw in the Buddhist monasteries of the Himalayas made a monumental impact on her style. She also spent a great deal of time in South and Central America where again she was intensely inspired by the textures, symbolism, and vivid colors of the endemic cultures.
Leslie spends a great deal of time in the wilderness and has an immense love for the natural world. This too is reflected in her work. Having lived in Florida, Washington, Hawaii, California, and now 11 years in Nevada, she has derived inspiration from a great variety of environments. This connection with nature is made evident in her organic style and intense textures.
This artist, above all, has a passion for humor, poetry, and an appreciation for the insights of the enlightened. She weaves words into her furniture, creating a sometimes funny, sometimes mystical, and often unlikely union. This is what gives her pieces their strength. Each piece is themed. Quotes, her own poetry, colors, symbols, patterns, photos, paintings, and even hidden messages are braided into a cohesive and moving work of art. Each piece is a one of a kind.