This piece comes from my new series, Fish and Ladders. I challenged myself to create each piece with both a fish and a ladder in it. I was also able to work a rusted piece of metal into this piece, along with a collaged image of the female swimmer from the 1925 Olympic event. For the remaining parts of the work, I used acrylic paint and oil sticks. The text reads, "Charting a course, Hilda James, Olympian 1925, Buoyant, Sea Worthy, Free." This painting is on a cradled wood panel with natural wood edges. It comes ready to hang.

- Leslie Morgan

Hilda Fish

acrylic paint, oil sticks, collage, and metal pieces on wood

Signed on back

18" h x 14" w x 1.5" d
2 lbs. 0 oz.



Leslie Morgan
Santa Cruz, California

Getting to Know Leslie

Leslie grew up in the desert and all the while lusted after the ocean. Her work is strongly influenced by her obsession with water and love of swimming. Nautical and aquatic motifs dominate her various series. To create her compositions, Leslie sources vintage photographs from libraries and museum stock collections to collage into her art. Her combination of photography and painting is intended to represent memories and emotions, respectively. Leslie brings together a wry humor, childlike joy, and an undertone of feminism to remind of us times past and offer us a roadmap for the future. Now a resident of San Francisco, Leslie is surrounded by water in her life and work.