Lesley Aine McKeown
Prescott, AZ. USA
Orchid Gallery: http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/ep7z7r
Born in Kansas City not long after both her parents graduated from
KC Art Institute, Lesley was exposed to art and design at an early
age. Her father created studio art jewelry during the modern jewelry
art movement of the 1960's and Lesley uses his jewelry bench today.
Her mother is an nationally recognized sculptor. It was this
nurturing environment that enabled her to recognize her intuitive
abilities and eventually express those creative proclivities and
develop the skills to be a successful professional artist. Acquiring
basic metal smithing skills as an apprentice with a southwestern
silversmith she became smitten with the silver and the sculptural
possibilities of metal.
Though primarily self- taught, Lesley has attended several classes
and acquired various techniques through private and master class
instruction. Her techniques include fabrication, hollow form, shell
form, anit-clastic and synclastic raising, mokume gane, keumboo,
etching, roller printing, sand casting and a variety of texture and
coloration techniques. An abiding interest in Geology is a the core
of many of Lesley's creations, the unique and unusual cabochons are
a signature of her work.
Continually exploring new methods of manipulating metal, Lesley also
works in steel and has been commissioned for several architectural
projects. In her spare time she is an avid organic gardener,
painter, environmental advocate and cook. She maintains a home and
studio in the lovely high mountains of northern Arizona which she
shares with her partner Steven and Samson (the Wonder Dachshund).
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