Meet Leslie Montana

Leslie Montana Creative Diva

Leslie Montana, here! I'm Head Creative Diva at Leslie and Design Studio. I'm a painter, designer, formulator and all around renaissance woman who's passionately curious and interested in beauty. How beauty expresses through nature, math, and science inspires me to create much of what you'll see here and on my other websites. Read more about me below.

Green Alchemista Designer

Leslie Montana here, as Green Alchemista. I became interested in geometry long ago and then when I discovered fractals I became totally engrossed. Designing textiles and home decor based on their mathmatic algorithms has been an endless creative outlet for me. Check out my fractal Fibonacci inspired collections at Green Alchemista. It's a creative spin on my work with flowers and nature.

Dreaming Deva Formulator

Leslie Montana here, as Dreaming Deva. I've always been close with Mother Nature. She's my muse. Dreaming beauty while awake is something nature spirits, also known as Deva's, are good at showing us. Even as a child I used to make concoctions in the garden with flower petals. Now I create formulas in my lab and special images to go with them. Skin care products since 2001.

Leslie Montana Artist and Painter

Flowers and plants have been an elemental passion for me since my childhood in Brooklyn, New York. In fact, my earliest memories are of the gardens I grew up with there. The flowers often seemed as big as I was and the roses and tulips particularly captured my attention along with the bugs and butterflies that were attending to them. I played among peach and apple trees my grandfather had planted. The long entwined grape vines and vegetable garden also intrigued me. All of it, especially the roses, created a lasting impression on me that I brought forward into my career as an artist.

New York City and northern New Jersey were home to me for a long time. For many years the Statue of Liberty was never more than 15 miles from my front door. Then came the events of 9/11/2001 and the fear that then began to permeate my environment had me longing for a geographic sabbatical. To this day the love I have for my home-town, New York City remains as I move between the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, Southern California and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

As far back as I can remember I've always identified myself as an artist. The body of work seen here on my website began to emerge in the mid-1990's when my inspiration soared and gained tremendous momentum after a creative rebirth of sorts. I found life taking me down a new path as I stretched several large canvases from which large and uncharacteristic paintings of single flowers emerged. A clear and direct wellspring of inspiration opened up inside of me and connected me to the world of nature and beauty in a way I had not experienced before. It was a time of great change for me personally as well as collectively. The gift I received from that transition was an ability to engage beauty in ways that were profoundly healing for me.

The focus of my large works is as personal as it is transcendent, and is about enjoying the pure beauty and light-filled qualities of what I see in nature. For me, there is a powerful kind of silence that engages my consciousness during my most centered and productive moments. As I paint I see an entire painting in my mind’s eye before it is ever manifest on canvas. Yet it is always a process of exploration and discovery as it emerges into physical reality. I see each piece in my imagination and sometimes a sketch may accompany me as a painting comes into being. A good description of how this process feels is ‘effortless’ very hard work.

On my creative journey, the appreciation I have for the exquisiteness inherent in nature continues to grow. It expands as I continue to work more deeply and uncover who I am in relationship to nature, God, Great Spirit, the Great Mystery. I am inspired to explore as well as share the beauty I see emanating through these life forms. Welcome to the garden of my inner landscape. Leslie Montana